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Brenda Joyce


Born - 25 February 1912, Excelsior Springs, Missouri, USA
Died - 4 July 2009

Best-known as the successor to Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane in the Tarzan films, the athletic, blonde Joyce played the role five times between 1945 and 1949. She was a model until signed for films at the relatively late age of 26. She made her debut a year later as Fern in The Rains Came, but her career was somewhat interrupted for a marriage which would end in 1949, and three children. After two years away, she came back to films with her debut as Jane in Tarzan and the Amazons (1945). Infusing the role with the warmth of her personality, she played Jane four times opposite Johnny Weissmuller, and once with the new Tarzan, Lex Barker, before leaving the series - and films - in 1949 after Tarzan's Magic Fountain. She died after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease for the last decade of her life.