ACTRESS Joan Weldon, who starred in the sci-fi classic film Them!, has died at the age of 90.
She passed away at her Fort Lauderdale, Florida home on February 11, according to her obituary.
Joan’s family wrote in the death announcement: “With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Joan Louise Weldon Podell, a loving and devoted mother, wife, grandmother and dear friend.”
“A talented and successful opera singer and actress of theatre, film, musicals and television, she was simply known to many as Joanie, whose love for light-hearted pranks and practical jokes spread joy wherever she went.”
Joan landed her first onscreen credit in 1953 with the release of the crime drama movie, The System.
She had a starring role in the film as Felice Stuart, opposite actor Frank Lovejoy.
While she finished her onscreen work with her final project – Home Before Dark with Jean Simmons – just a just a few years later in 1958, the late actress worked on quite a few films and shows in the years between.
Joan was a contract actress with Warner Bros. through 1954 and had roles in movies like westerns The Boy from Oklahoma with Will Rogers, Jr. and Riding Shotgun with Randolph Scott.
It was through the same contract that she found fame with the cult sci-fi classic Them!, a black-and-white monster film about giant ants.
She portrayed Dr. Pat Medford in the movie, alongside James Whitmore and Edmund Gwenn.
Aside from acting in films and TV shows, like Perry Mason and Maverick, Joan was also an opera singer and a stage actress.
The family added in the obituary: “A vibrant and elegant lady, she will be dearly missed by all those who knew this wonderful and extraordinary woman.”
Joan is survived by her husband Dr. David L. Podell Jr., her daughter Melissa, her stepdaughter Claudia, and her grandchildren Sienna, Alexander, and Ella.
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