An actress who was one of the stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood has died. The Los Angeles Times reports that Joan Leslie Caldwell, known as Joan Leslie during her career, died Monday in L.A. She was 90.
Leslie had an early role in the Humphrey Bogart movie “High Sierra,” starred opposite Gary Cooper in “Sergeant York” and played the wife of James Cagney’s character in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” — all by the time she was 17. A contract player with Warner Bros., she was loaned to RKO to dance with Fred Astaire in the 1943 feature “The Sky’s the Limit.”
Leslie appeared in more than 40 movies before shifting her focus to raising a family. She later made a series of guest appearances on television, doing spots on “Charlie’s Angels” and “Murder, She Wrote,” among many other shows.
Here’s a YouTube clip with Leslie doing impressions of Ida Lupino and James Cagney in “Thank Your Lucky Stars”: