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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Joan Chandler ~ Actress ~ BHS '40

† 1979
The actress Joan [Cheeseman] Chandler was born 24 August 1923 in Butler, Pennsylvania. Lived on McKean Street across from the library. She starred in such movies as Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948) and Humoresque (1946).

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe her family owned a car dealership in Butler. Does anyone know what car brand (Ford, Buick, etc?) they had and where is was located in the City.

Anonymous said...

Buick dealership at 9 S. Main St?

Anonymous said...

Before Ford it was a buick dealership at 9 S. Main St.

Anonymous said...

What is at the location today. There is no 9 South Main Street.

Anonymous said...

Sorry my mistake.

Anonymous said...

Cheeseman had the Chevy dealership in Slippery Rock. There were some other movie stars from Butler County such as Cameron Mitchell from Chicora and George Eide(?)from Mars.

Anonymous said...

William Eythe was from Mars, died in 1957 at the age of 38. He appeared in many films.

Anonymous said...

Never knew she was from Butler.

Anonymous said...

Filmography
Rope (1948)
Humoresque (1946)
Television
Westinghouse Studio One (2 episodes, 1950-1956)
- Song for a Summer Night (1956) TV episode
- Spectre of Alexander Wolff (1950) TV episode
Four Star Playhouse (1 episode, 1954)
- Detective's Holiday (1954) TV episode
Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode, 1952)
- The Closed Door (1952) TV episode
Suspense (1 episode, 1951)
- Mikki (1951) TV episode
Celanese Theatre (1 episode, 1951)
- Winterset (1951) TV episode
Armstrong Circle Theatre (1 episode, 1951)
- A Different World (1951) TV episode
Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (1 episode, 1951)
- The Romantic Young Lady (1951) TV episode
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1 episode, 1951)
- The Silver Cord (1951) TV episode
Starlight Theatre (1 episode, 1950)
- The Roman Kid (1950) TV episode
Actor's Studio (1 episode, 1950)
- Sanctuary in Paris (1950) TV episode
The Philco Television Playhouse (1 episode, 1949)
- The House of the Seven Gables (1949) TV episode

Rory said...

My wife and I bought the white house on McKean St across from the Library about two years ago. We've heard rumors of who's lived here, but had trouble confirming. I was looking for old photos of the street online when I found this post. Does anyone have any info that could help us learn more about the history of our house? Thanks!

Rory said...

Since we've moved in, we've heard that Joan Caufield and Barbara Feldon lived in our house. I haven't had lots of time for research yet, but if anyone has any knowledge, information, or photos that they would be willing to share it would be very appreciated! Feel free to email me at radeyoung@gmail.com - Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Joan Chandler was at the Shakspear theatre in Stratford connecticuite for a summer season in the early 1950's. She had a daughter Ellen. We used to go to the beach.WE were 5 or 6 years old.When Joan & Ellen returned to New York.Joan took us to the Westport Icecream Parlor.Joan was very beautifull and kind.

Anonymous said...

I think that "Agent 99" from the series Get Smart had lived on Mckean Street.

Anonymous said...

Joan had a sister Carol. She was a musician and played the harp. I think she graduated in 1945. i saw her name in a book of Butler graduates

Charles said...

Yes, the harp! I can remember seeing the harp near the the window of the living room when I visited the library. That was in the 40's.

Anonymous said...

Is there anyone who knows what happened to joan chandlers daughter?I would love to know we were childhood friends.
Bill

Bill said...

Is there anyone who knows what happened to joan chandlers daughter?I would love to know. we were childhood friends.
Bill

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember artist David Cleeland from Butler who painted many famous celebrities including Joan Fontain, Charles Lindber and did the official First Lady portrait of Mrs. Herbert Hoover. He also painted many of the portraits of Butler Counties judges which still hang in the Courthouse.

Daryl Stoughton said...

I would also be interested in knowubg what happened to Joan Chandler's daughter Ellen. I am originally from West Sunbury PA. I was aware that Joan Chandler was a native of Butler for many years. I have collected many publicity photos and magazine articles about Ms. Chandler. Does anyone know her cause of death in 1979?

Anonymous said...

I believe she died from cancer.

Anonymous said...

In response to the April 04, 2010 inquiry about artist David Cleeland from Butler, I have a painting by David Cleeland of my grandmother. It is signed and dated 1928 New York. She was from Pittsburgh, but living in New York City at the time. I imagine now, learning he was from Butler, that they may have known each other before they moved to New York. I'd love to hear more about him if anyone has any information!

Anonymous said...

What was your grandmother's maiden name?

Cleeland's father had a jewelry store and optician business on Main Street in Butler.

David began his professional career working for a newspaper in Wenetchee, Washington.

David Cleeland had worked as a Time Magazine portrait artist during the time he painted your grandmother.


Later he had a portrait studio in the Hollywood Hills and was neighbors to many Hollywood movie stars. I believe he died from a heart attack in about 1953.

There is a tombstone for him in Butler's North Cemetary, but I believe he was buried in California.

Daryl Stoughton said...

Does anyone know what happened to Joan Chandler' daughter?

Anonymous said...

I'm writing a book about Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope" in which starred Joan Chandler.
If anyone knew her or have any info about her, please contact me at simone.tarditi@virgilio.it

Anonymous said...

i knew joan and ellen briefly when the three of us were living in kenya(1973-74).i believe ellen was a craft specialist? joan was moving around the country housesitting. we shared a ride on the EARail from kisumu to nairobi. i remember she was obsessed with watergate. ellen and i swam in lake rudolph(turkana) while on a trinket buying trip to ferguson gulf. both were fun to be with.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone post a link to Joan Chandler's obit?