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Joey Heatherton Biography
- A gorgeous, pneumatic blonde rival to pouty sex kitten Ann-Margret, singer/dancer/actress Joey Heatherton was also a product of the swinging 60s and taunted the film and TV variety scenes with her own version of a purring young sexpot. Born in 1944 as "Davenie Johanna Heatherton" and the daughter of veteran song-and-dance man Ray Heatherton (1909-1997), Joey trained in ballet as a youngster and started her career off as a teen performer on the New York stage as one of the children in "The Sound of Music". She also began recording about that same time. She went on to gain national exposure as a regular on "The Perry Como Show" (1948), portraying an innocent young coed who developed a crush on the star. The gimmick worked and Joey eventually tried to parlay this success into an acting career. The payoff worked. She started to appear in such TV dramas as "The Virginian" (1962) (qv, "The Nurses" (1962) and "Route 66" (1960). For a time, she showed extreme promise, playing troubled, vulnerable, often neurotic young girls opposite cinemas established or up-and-coming talent of the day, including the films, Twilight of Honor (1963) with Richard Chamberlain and Nick Adams , Where Love Has Gone (1964) starring Bette Davis and Susan Hayward , and My Blood Runs Cold (1965) opposite Troy Donahue. The promise was short-lived, however, but since music was deemed her forte anyway, Joey wisely refocused on her musical gifts and went on to project a mod, sulky "Lolita" image fully-decked out in mini-skirts and go-go boots. A much better singer than Ann-Margret and an equally good dancer, she appealed to the male masses in droves with her high-octane dance moves and saucy glances as huge selling points. By the late 60s, the talented, all-round entertainer had developed into a solid Vegas showroom and TV variety favorite. On the plus side as well, she had soldiers swooning on both land and sea as she toured with Bob Hope on his USO tours. She proved quite fetching in the TV movie, The Ballad of Andy Crocker (1969) with Lee Majors , and was part of the eclectic casting in Of Mice and Men (1968) that toplined George Segal and Nicol Williamson. On top of all this, she was seductively pitching RC Cola and Serta mattresses in TV ads on a regular basis. Joeys problems began in 1971, stemming with a major tabloid-troubled marriage and divorce from Lance Rentzel. The 70s also saw a radical change in audience taste as witnessed by her diminishing popularity. Despite showing extreme potential as a Billboard chart-maker with a "Top 40" pop hit in the Ferlin Husky song, "Gone", in 1972, Hollywood made it nearly impossible for her to escape the blast-from-the-past image, finding herself more and more unemployable as the decade wore on. She did enjoy a fun, short-lived fling on a summer variety series, that co-starred her beloved dad Ray Heatherton, ("Joey & Dad" (1975)). Unfortunately, Joey encountered other problems in the throes of her career decline, with a life-threatening substance addiction and eating disorder which deeply hindered any game attempts to climb back into favor. She was crassly featured in the critically-panned Richard Burton starrer, Bluebeard (1972) ; portrayed Xaviera Hollander in the lurid The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977) to little fanfare; and then pretty much disappeared, except as eccentric tabloid fodder or popping up unexpectedly in the cult John Waters film, Cry-Baby (1990), or the April 1997 Playboy spread. On her side, however, she is a survivor and Hollywood has always encouraged big comeback stories. If anybody has ever proven to be a certifiable talent deserving of such, its Joey Heatherton. She remains, however, a prime example of how devastating and destructive a fickle entertainment business can be.
Joey Heatherton Filmography
- (2009) Telethon as Herself (archive footage)
- (2002) Reflections of Evil as Serta Spokeswoman
- (1996) Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star as Herself (archive footage)
- (1996) E! True Hollywood Story as Herself (archive footage)
- (1990) Cry-Baby as Milton's Mother
- (1988) We Can Keep You Forever as Herself - at POW Homecoming (archive footage) (uncredited)
- (1986) The Perils of P.K. as
- (1980) Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972 as Herself (archive footage)
- (1979) Bonkers! as Herself
- (1977) Circus of the Stars as Herself - Performer
- (1977) The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington as Xaviera Hollander
- (1976) Laverne & Shirley as Herself
- (1976) The Sonny and Cher Show as Herself/Various Characters
- (1975) Joey & Dad as Herself
- (1974) The Sonny Comedy Revue as Herself
- (1973) Alan King in Las Vegas: Part I as Herself - Singer
- (1973) Jack Benny's First Farewell Special as Herself
- (1973) Klimbim as Herself
- (1973) NBC Follies as
- (1973) Old Faithful as Herself
- (1973) The Bobby Darin Show as Herself - Guest
- (1972) Bluebeard as Anne
- (1972) The 44th Annual Academy Awards as Herself - Co-Presenter: Documentary Awards
- (1971) The Golddiggers as Herself
- (1971) The Powder Room as
- (1970) Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour as Herself
- (1970) The Virginia Graham Show as Herself
- (1969) Love, American Style as Tippy (segment "Love and the Hitchhiker")
- (1969) The Ballad of Andy Crocker as Lisa
- (1969) The John Davidson Show as Herself
- (1969) This Is Tom Jones as Herself
- (1968) Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers as Herself
- (1968) It Takes a Thief as Dodie DuBois
- (1968) Of Mice and Men as Curly's Wife
- (1968) The 20th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards as Herself
- (1966) The Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Show as Herself
- (1966) The Jackie Gleason Show as Emily 'Go Go' Gogolak
- (1965) I Spy as Katie
- (1965) My Blood Runs Cold as Julie Merriday
- (1965) The Dean Martin Show as Herself
- (1965) The Hollywood Squares as Guest Appearance
- (1964) The Hollywood Palace as Herself - Singer
- (1964) The Hollywood Palace as Herself - Singer/Dancer
- (1964) Where Love Has Gone as Danielle Valerie Miller
- (1963) Arrest and Trial as Edith Hayes
- (1963) Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre as Cress
- (1963) Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre as Herself
- (1963) Breaking Point as Dory Costain
- (1963) Channing as
- (1963) Mr. Novak as Holly Metcalfe
- (1963) Twilight of Honor as Laura Mae Brown
- (1962) The Andy Williams Show as Herself
- (1962) The Merv Griffin Show as Herself
- (1962) The Nurses as Ellen Denby
- (1962) The Nurses as Janet Clark
- (1962) The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as Herself
- (1962) The Virginian as Gloria Blaine
- (1961) The Mike Douglas Show as Herself
- (1961) The Mike Douglas Show as Herself - Singer/Dancer
- (1960) Route 66 as Karen Emerson
- (1958) The Garry Moore Show as Herself
- (1952) The Bob Hope Show as Herself - Guest
- (1950) What's My Line? as Herself - Mystery Guest
- (1948) The Perry Como Show as Herself
- (1948) Toast of the Town as Herself - Singer
Joey Heatherton Trivia and Facts
- Joeys brother, Dick Heatherton , was a prominent radio disc jockey in New York, on CBS-FM in the 1970s and 1980s.
- Father is Ray Heatherton
- Joey Heatherton was the Mystery Guest on the November 7, 1965, episode of "Whats My Line?" (1950) Longtime panelist Dorothy Kilgallen , 52, was found dead just hours after the program aired live. Four years to the day after Dorothys death, Joey appeared as a guest in a "Color Honeymooners" episode of "The Jackie Gleason Show" (1966) which originally aired November 8, 1969.
- She had a brief, basically unsuccessful recording career, with a minor hit covering Ferlin Husky s "Gone" in 1972.
- Subject of Jill Sobule s song "Joey" (2004).
- Writing about a USO tour, Bob Hope described Joey and her costume as "nine feet of girl in four feet of leopard skin.".
- In the 1960s her brother, Dick Heatherton , was a disk jockey on WPOP in Hartford, Connecticut.
- Was largely the basis for, and part namesake of, the "Lola Heatherton" character as played by Catherine OHara on "Second City TV" (1976) and "SCTV Network 90" (1981).
Joey Heatherton Photoshoots
- "Playboy" (USA), April 1997, Vol. 44, Iss. 4, pg. 130-137, by: Stephen Wayda, "Pal Joey"
- "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1990, Vol. 3, Iss. 3, pg. 26-27, by: staff, "Adverteasers: Serta's "Perfect Sleeper'"
- "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1986, Vol. 1, Iss. 3, pg. 18-19, by: staff, "Joey Heatherton"
- "Gallery" (USA), January 1973, Vol. 1, Iss. 3, pg. 114-115, by: Giani Bozzacchi, "How To Cope With A Funny Looking Beard and Seven Bitchy Wives"
- "Playboy " (USA), December 1972, Vol. 19, Iss. 12, pg. 214, by: Arthur Knight & Hollis Alpert, "Sex In Cinema 1972"
Joey Heatherton Other Works
- TV commercials: Serta mattresses, 1970s.
- Album: "The Joey Heatherton Album", 1972.
- Stage: Appeared in "The Sound of Music" on Broadway, 1959.