Joan Evans Dies: Actress In ‘On The Loose’ And ‘Skirts Ahoy’ Was 89

Joan Evans, an actress who was the goddaughter of Joan Crawford, died Oct. 21 in Henderson, Nevada, according to her son, John Weatherly. No cause was given.

During her career, she worked with the likes of Farley Granger, Audie Murphy, Irene Dunne, and Esther Williams, among many others.

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Among her film roles were parts in On the Loose (1951), It Grows on Trees (1952); and Skirts Ahoy! (1952).

She signed her first film contract in 1948 at age 14 to work with producer Samuel Goldwyn.

While doing reshoots, she was accidentally shot in the arm by Farley Granger. His gun discharged and she need emergency surgery and hospitalilzation.

Evans later appeared in such films as The Outcast (1954), A Strange Adventure (1956), The Flying Fontaines (1959) and The Walking Target (1960), and on TV shows including Climax!, The Millionaire, Cheyenne, 77 Sunset Strip, Wagon Train, Zorro, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Tall Man and Laramie.

She stopped acting in the early 1960s to raise a family, but later became an editor of Hollywood Studio Magazine and a teacher at the Carden Academy in Van Nuys.

Survivors include her son, John Weatherly, a daughter, Dale, and a grandson, Chris.

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