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Joanna Lee
Joanna Lee

Joanna Lee on Hollywood Structured with Lilyan Chauvin in 1991

Vital Information
Name: Joanna Lee
Born: (1931-04-07)7 April 1931
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey
Died: 24 October 2003(2003-10-24) (aged 72)
deathplace: Santa Monica, California
Career Information
Occupation: Television director, screenwriter, actress and producer
Years active: 1956-1990
Family/Personal information
Character/Series involvement
Series inolved with: The Brady Bunch
Job with series: wrote the episodes "Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy" (Season 1) and "Adios, Johnny Bravo" (Season 5)

Joanna Lee (7 April 1931 - 24 October 2003) was a TV film writer, producer, director and onetime actress. She wrote two episodes of The Brady Bunch, Season 1's "Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy", and the Season 5 opening episode "Adios, Johnny Bravo".

Early Life[]

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Joanna, by the time she was twenty, was already a divorced single mother with a son, Craig Lee.


Lee began her career as an actress, between 1956 and 1961, in a series of small roles, ten in all, including seven TV series and three feature films. The latter included an uncredited appearance in a lesser-known Frank Sinatra vehicle, The Joker is Wild, plus two low-budget science fiction films, one of which, in later years, would come to be regarded as the quintessential 'so-bad-it's-good' cult classic, that being Plan 9 from Outer Space, wherein Lee portrays "Tanna," the space girl.[1]

A serious car accident in 1961 necessitated a career change, and, by 1962, Lee had landed jobs writing for My Three Sons and The Flintstones. She wrote an episode of Gilligan's Island entitled "Beauty Is as Beauty Does", which aired 23 September 1965.

In 1974, she won an Emmy Award, for Best Writing in Drama, for a 1972 Thanksgiving episode of The Waltons.[1] The same year, she formed her own production company, which, in 1975, produced the documentary Babe (also written by Lee), about athlete Babe Zaharias's career. The film was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Original Teleplay," and won the Golden Globe for "Best Motion Picture Made for Television."[2]

She wrote the novel and teleplay Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night.

In 1988, she won the Humanitas Prize for The Kid Who Wouldn't Quit: The Brad Silverman Story.

Personal Life[]

Her son, Craig Lee, then a music director at L. A. Weekly, died of AIDS in 1992.[1] Another son, Christopher Ciampa, appeared in several of her films.[3]

Her autobiography, A Difficult Woman in Hollywood, was published in 1999.[1]

Lee died from bone cancer on 24 October 2003 in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 72.[4]


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