Joyce MacKenzie Profile

Joyce MacKenzie
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(Joyce Elaine Mackenzie)
13 October 25 is born in Redwood City, California, to Dr. and Mrs. Norman MacKenzie, nee Sisco
? in high school, she is president of the junior class and captain of the tennis team
War Years works as a carpenter’s assistant at Western Pipe and Steel in the San Francisco shipyards
? with her war money, she enrolls as a cashier and as an actress at the Pasadena Community Playhouse
c. 48 / 49 is discovered by a representative of 20th Century-Fox while on stage opposite Henry Hull in a Little Theater play in Hollywood
? models
October 49 is hostess at the coronation of the queen of the Van Nuys Community Fair
February 50 the press tells that she likes to swim, golf and play tennis. “Her figure is a trim five feet five and one-half inches contained in 120 pounds.”
April 50 escorted by Rock Hudson, she attends a gay painting party at Betty Lynn’s for a photo layout for Modern Screen
November 50 columnist Erskine Johnson reports that she is a love set with Jack Cunningham, ninth ranking U.S. tennis pro
November 51 at Jerry Ohrbach’s “bachelor and bachelorettes” party, she winds up with Ralph Fields
20 December 51 is off to the Caribbean on an USO tour to entertain the military forces. Others in the troupe are Richard Allan, Zachary Scott, Pat Williams, Bob Hawk, Harry Brown, Helen Stanley, Raymond Walburn, and Joy Windsor. They are expected to return to Hollywood January 5.
March 52 top talent agent Henry Wilson thinks that “players like John Bromfield, Nina Foch, and Joyce MacKenzie would get better buildups if they’d change their names”
November 52 columnist Erskine Johnson reports that she’s putting new oomph into Tarzan’s mate in the latest jungle thriller, Tarzan and the She-Devil
Early November 52 columnist Louella Parsons knows that she and Tim Leimert have set Thanksgiving for their wedding
19 November 52 she and Leimert take out a marriage license in Hollywood
26 November 52 marries Walter Hubert “Tim” Leimert, Jr., at St. Victor’s Catholic Church in Hollywood. He’s 31; she’s 27. Leimert is a member of a prominent Los Angeles real estate family, the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Leimert, and the son of the founder of Walter H. Leimert Co., a prominent Southern California real estate developer. Leimert was CBS correspondent and will become president of the Los Angeles Realty Board. She and Leimert plan a two-week honeymoon in Mexico City.
December 52 columnist Harrison Carroll reports she and Leimert will honeymoon in Acapulco
June 53 returns to the screen with RKO’s new 3-D movie, The French Line. She is an inch shorter than Jane Russell but can match her other dimensions. It’s her first picture since her marriage to Leimert.
19 August 53 in an interview with Emery Wister, she says of her acting career, "I wish I could do more."
February 54 models the 1954 “Mobile Coif,” created in honor of National Beauty Salon Week. “The coiffure artfully defines the shape of the head and combines a piquant back treatment with soft feathery curls to flatter the face.”
May 54 is on the cover of Tempo
July 54 advertises for Hollywood Bread
6 March 55 her son Walter Hubert is born in Los Angeles
29 May 56 her son Norman T. is born in Los Angeles
? divorces Leimert. Leimert will die at age 82 in 2004 in Los Angeles.
August 61 columnist Mike Connolly expects her to marry construction tycoon Bob Driver
18 August 61 marries Robert L. Driver in Los Angeles. He's 43; she's 35.
July 66 divorces Driver in Los Angeles
? helps to produce the first people's court on TV
? returns to college and gets her degree in English and her teacher's certificate
? marries Victor Benedict Hassing. He's 9 years her senior.
September 75 reunites with Eve Brent, Louise Lorraine, Buster Crabbe, Jock Mahoney, Johnny Weismuller, and Jim Pierce at the North American Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs
76 teaches English at Niguel Hills Jr. High School in Laguna Niguel, California
29 October 80 becomes the widow of Hassing, who dies at age 64 in Laguna Niguel, California
06 as Joyce M. Hassing, she is retired in Dana Point, California
10 June 21 dies peacefully in her sleep
24 June 21 is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Samuel Clemens, Oakland Tribune, The Charlotte News, Coshocton Tribune, The Dothan Eagle, Dixon Evening Telegraph, The Era, The News, The Daily Register, The Lowell Sun, Walla Walla Union Bulletin, The Monessen Daily Independent, Council Bluffs Iowa Nonpareil, The Salisbury Times, Modern Screen, Picturegoer,, Normal Leimert
Recommended Books:
The RKO Gals by James Robert Parish