Joan Van Ark Biography
Birthday: June 16, 1943 (Gemini)
Born In: New York, New York, United States
Joan Van Ark is an American actress whose most prominent roles include Valene Ewing in ‘Dallas’ and the spin-off series ‘Knots Landing’, Gloria Fisher in ‘The Young and the Restless’, and Annie Carlisle in ‘Temperatures Rising’. A native of New York, she was initially interested in journalism before deciding to pursue a career in acting. She subsequently attended the Yale School of Drama for a year. In 1967, she made her screen debut in the TV series ‘Run for Your Life’. Her big screen debut came about almost five years later, in the mystery horror ‘Frogs’. Active in the industry for the past five decades, she is a life member of The Actor’s Studio. Distinguished by her natural blonde hair, sultry voice, southern accent, and light blue eyes, Van Ark won a Theatre World Award in 2001 for her performance in the revival of ‘The School for Wives’.