It seems her acting career began after she graduated high school and went to study acting at Tulsa University. She got her break in the movies kinda like Clara Bow, by winning a contest. Her prize was to appear in a couple films, but only as an extra.
She got a big boost in her career when she was named a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1926. She was in good company with Mary Brian, Joan Crawford, Dolores Del Rio, Janey Gaynor, Marceline Day, Mary Astor, Fay Wray, and Dolores Costello. They really snagged some stars that year, eh?
She was laid to rest at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.
Apparently religion was very important to Joyce, and she wanted to be known as a Christian actress. She even had it put on her gravestone.
Joyce was married once, to William Kaliher from 1955 to 1956. No kids, and no clue why they divorced. But it's Hollywood, so not surprising to see such a short marriage.
Some of the movies she appeared in were so low budget, she had to wear her own clothes and jewelry for her character's wardrobe.
|Joyce and Clara Bow|