One of the best examples of her naive charm was as Mary, singing and dancing wife of the vaudevillian George M Cohan Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy Taught and encouraged by their mother, Joan and her two older sisters, Betty and Mary, learned to play musical instruments at an early age. When their father lost his job during the depression, the three sisters, billed as the Three Brodels, became vaudeville performers to help support the family, while still at school. Part of the act had nine-year-old Joan impersonating such stars as Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Durante. In , an MGM talent scout spotted Joan in the sister act, and she was given a six-month contract with the studio. But all they offered her was a tiny uncredited part in Camille , starring Greta Garbo.
Joan Leslie, who has died aged 90, was a petite, red-haired Hollywood star of the wartime years who blotted her copybook by taking on the might of Warner Bros. It once looked as though she might be destined for superstardom. But she was beginning to tire of the roles she was being offered, and the same year sued to get out of her contract with Warners, claiming that it was invalid since she had been a minor when she signed it.
John was a bank clerk  and Agnes was a pianist. Joan's two older sisters, Betty born and Mary Brodel — , shared their mother's musical interest and started to learn how to play instruments, such as the saxophone and the banjo , at an early age. They began performing in front of audiences in acts that included singing and dancing. She was soon able to play the accordion. With her father losing his job in the mid s, the Great Depression caused financial difficulties for the family.
The pressure is mounting for Mormon women to cave in to Western degeneracy, and men are at a loss for what to do about it. You will be expected to condone but not attend events in the temple to which you will not be granted access. I made a conscious decision to marry outside the church for my own reasons. And, whether she knows it or not she probably does know it but is in denialshe probably sees you as her ticket out of Oldmaidsville.