Joan Weldon

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Joan Weldon (actually Joan Louise Welton ; born August 5, 1930 in San Francisco , California ) is an American actress and singer . She gained fame through her role as Dr. Patricia Medford in Sci - Horror Formicula and by Western -1950s.


Joan Weldon was born in San Francisco in 1930 and raised by her grandmother after losing her mother at the age of five. She graduated from Galileo High School and then began a career as a singer in the choir of the San Francisco Opera and the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. Weldon made her first appearance on Broadway in a role in the musical Kean .

1953 Joan Weldon made an appearance as a singer on the radio program The Standard Hour of NBC . In the same year she made her film debut in the female lead in the film noir The System . Then Weldon was signed to Warner Brothers until 1954 , for which she shot several films. Most of them were westerns, in which she often played the female lead. However, her best-known role was that of Dr. Patricia Medford in the 1954 science fiction horror film Formicula .

After her contract with Warner Brothers expired, Weldon mainly starred as a guest star on television series, including Cheyenne , Perry Mason , Have Gun - Will Travel and Maverick . In 1958 she ended her film career after a supporting role in the drama Before Night Falls and then turned back to the stage, where she remained active until 1980.

Joan Weldon has been with Dr. David Podell married. The couple have a daughter born in 1968 and live in New York .

Filmography (selection)

  • 1953: The System
  • 1953: So This Is Love
  • 1953: The Stranger Wore a Gun
  • 1954: The Seventh Night (The Command)
  • 1954: The Sheriff Without a Colt (The Boy from Oklahoma)
  • 1954: This Man Knows Too Much (Riding Shotgun)
  • 1954: Formicula (Them!)
  • 1954: Deep in My Heart
  • 1957: Hunted by All Dogs (Gunsight Ridge)
  • 1957: Cheyenne (TV series, an episode)
  • 1957: Perry Mason (TV series, an episode)
  • 1958: Day of the Badman
  • 1958: Have Gun - Will Travel (TV series, an episode)
  • 1958: Maverick (TV series, an episode)
  • 1958: Before Night Falls (Home Before Dark)

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