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Brenda Joyce (actress)

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Birth nameBetty Graftina Leabo
Birth dateFebruary 25, 1917
Place of birthExcelsior Springs, Missouri, U.S.
Date of deathJuly 04, 2009(age 92)
Death placeSanta Monica, California, U.S.
Years active1939 - 1949
SpouseOwen Ward (1941 - 1949)

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Brenda Joyce (February 25, 1917 - July 4, 2009) was an American film actress. She was born as Betty Graftina Leabo in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, although family and friends referred to her as Graftina.

Although she appeared in many B-movies of the 1940s, she was cast as Maris Hanover in the 1942 film, Little Tokyo, U.S.A., she is best-remembered as the seventh actress to play Jane in the Tarzan series of films. She succeeded Maureen O'Sullivan in the series and appeared in the role five times.

Her first four appearances as Jane were opposite Johnny Weissmuller. However, her last performance as Jane, in Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949), was with Lex Barker as Tarzan. Joyce and Karla Schramm from the silent era were the only two actresses to play Jane opposite two different actors playing Tarzan.

She retired from acting in 1949.

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