Joyce MacKenzie

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Joyce Elaine MacKenzie Hassing (born October 13, 1929 in Redwood City, California) is an American actress who appeared in films and television from 1946 to 1961.[1] She might be best remembered for being the eleventh actress to portray Jane. She played the role opposite Lex Barker's Tarzan in 1953's Tarzan and the She-Devil.

MacKenzie is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Norman MacKenzie. She was active in sports in high school, winning an award for "her all-round sports ability."[2]

During World War II, MacKenzie worked as a carpenter's helper in shipyards[3] in San Francisco. Her opportunity for acting came when she was discovered on her job as cashier at the Pasadena Playhouse in the summer of 1948.[4]

MacKenzie starred in a 1950 film noir, Destination Murder. She appeared with James Stewart in the 1950 western Broken Arrow, as the wife of Robert Mitchum in the 1951 crime drama The Racket and as a publisher's daughter trying to wrest control of editor Humphrey Bogart's newspaper in 1952's Deadline - U.S.A.. MacKenzie's character and Jane Russell's exchanged identities in a 1954 musical, The French Line.

Her final appearance was in the role of Nancy Gilman in the 1961 Perry Mason television series episode, "The Case of the Duplicate Daughter."

Personal life

On November 26, 1952, MacKenzie married Walker H. (Tim) Leimert in Hollywood, California.[5]

Later years

After her acting career MacKenzie was an English teacher; one of her students was popular radio host Anthony Cumia of the Opie and Anthony Show.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1946 Tomorrow Is Forever Cherry Davis
1946 The Kid from Brooklyn Goldwyn Girl Uncredited
1949 Whirlpool Daisy - Telephone Operator Uncredited
1949 Twelve O'Clock High Nurse Uncredited
1950 Mother Didn't Tell Me Helen Porter
1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk Ruby Uncredited
1950 Destination Murder Laura Mansfield
1950 Stella Peggy Denny
1950 Broken Arrow Terry
1951 On the Riviera Mimi
1951 His Kind of Woman Lady Gwendolyn in Film Uncredited
1951 People Will Talk Gussie Uncredited
1951 The Racket Mary McQuigg
1951 The Model and the Marriage Broker Doris Uncredited
1952 Deadline - U.S.A. Katherine Garrison Geary
1952 Wait till the Sun Shines, Nellie Bessie Jordan
1952 O. Henry's Full House Hazel Woods (segment "The Clarion Call"), (scenes deleted)
1952 Night Without Sleep Laura Harkness
1953 The I Don't Care Girl Babette Uncredited
1953 Tarzan and the She-Devil Jane
1953 The French Line Myrtle Brown
1954 Rails Into Laramie Helen Shanessy


  1. ^ "Joyce victim of misleading campaign". Toledo Blade. November 24, 1961. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Soanes, Wood (February 14, 1950). "Movie Star Once Earned Living as Active Carpenter". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. p. 33. Retrieved November 21, 2017 – via open access
  3. ^ "Girl Hammers Way Up". Salt Lake Telegram. Utah, Salt Lake City. United Press. October 20, 1944. p. 11. Retrieved November 21, 2017 – via open access
  4. ^ Neill, Frank (December 21, 1949). "In Hollywood". Long Beach Independent. California, Long Beach. International News Service. p. 24. Retrieved September 26, 2016 – via open access
  5. ^ "Weds Joyce MacKenzie". The Kansas City Times. Missouri, Kansas City. Associated Press. November 27, 1952. p. 73. Retrieved November 21, 2017 – via open access
  6. ^ Cumia, Anthony. "Opie and Anthony Show". SiriusXM. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2012-11-16.

External links

  • Joyce MacKenzie on IMDb
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