Tarzan’s ‘Jane’ Actress Brenda Joyce has died

July 23, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Actress Brenda Joyce, who became famous for her role of ‘Jane’ in Tarzan movies, died of pneumonia on July 4 at a nursing home in Santa Monica, CA. She was 92. Joyce a former model, was the only actress to play Jane with two different movie Tarzan actors in the talking era.  She succeeded Maureen O’Sullivan as Jane and appeared in five Tarzan movies in the 1940s, opposite Johnny Weissmuller and later Lex Barker.

A family friend, David Ragan, said she suffered from dementia for a decade. Joyce, whose real name was Betty Leabo, appeared in some two dozen movies.  In addition to the “Tarzan” films, Joyce appeared in such pics as “Little Old New York” (1940), “Marry the Boss’s Daughter” (1941), “The Postman Didn’t Ring” (1942) and “The Spider Woman Strikes Back” (1947).  Joyce made her last movie in 1949, and for a decade thereafter worked in Washington for the Department of Immigration and appeared in two episodes of PBS kids show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in 1971. She is survived by a son, two daughters and three grandchildren. Rest in peace Joyce.

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