Joanna Pettet Undressed
Born Joanna Jane Salmon on November 16, 1942 in London, England, Joanna Pettet was an Anglo-Canadian actress until her retirement in 1990.
Her father, Harold Nigel Edgerton Salmon, was a British Royal Air Force pilot killed in the war. Her mother remarried and settled in Canada, where young Joanna was adopted by her stepfather and assumed "Pettet" as her last name.
The talented, blonde Pettet studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse, as well as at the Lincoln Center, and got her start on Broadway in such plays as ''Take Her, She's Mine'', ''The Chinese Prime Minister'' and ''Poor Richard'', with the late Sir Alan Bates and Gene Hackman, before she was discovered by director Sidney Lumet for his sumptuous 1966 film adaptation of Mary McCarthy's novel, ''The Group''. Pettet made an impressive debut in that film and held her own alongside other rising young hopefuls including Candice Bergen, Shirley Knight, and Jessica Walter.
The success of that film launched a film career that included roles in ''Night of the Generals'' (1967), the James Bond spoof ''Casino Royale'' (1967), Peter Yates's ''Robbery'' with Sir Stanley Baker (1967), the strange Western drama Blue (1968) with Terence Stamp, and the Victorian period comedy ''The Best House in London'' (1969). In 1968 she married American actor Alex Cord and gave birth to a son later that year. She and Cord were divorced in 1989 after 21 years of marriage and she never remarried.
Although she co-starred with actor Rod Taylor in the 1980 thriller, ''Cry of the Innocent'', her feature film appearances became sporadic. However, Pettet re-emerged as the star of over a dozen made-for-television movies, including ''The Delphi Bureau'' (1972), ''The Weekend Nun'' (1972), ''Footsteps'' (1972), ''Pioneer Woman'' (1973), ''A Cry in the Wilderness'' (1974), ''The Desperate Miles'' (1975), ''The Hancocks'' (1976), ''Sex and the Married Woman'' (1977), and ''The Return of Frank Cannon'' (1980). She also starred in the NBC miniseries ''Captains and the Kings'' (1976), was a contestant on the NBC team for the first "Battle of the Network Stars" in 1976, guest-starred four times on the classic Rod Serling anthology series ''Night Gallery'', was a frequent guest on both ''Fantasy Island'' and ''The Love Boat'' (appearing three separate times on each series), and had a recurring role on ''Knots Landing'' in 1983 as an LAPD homicide detective investigating the murder of singer Ciji Dunne (played by Lisa Hartman).
Pettet also enjoyed some success as an unofficial "scream queen" with appearances in such horror films as ''Welcome to Arrow Beach'' (1974), ''The Evil'' (1978), and the slasher-mystery ''Double Exposure'' (1982), as well as having made two appearances on the Brian Clemens produced ''Thriller'' television series in the U