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Hollywood Star Joan Benedict Steiger

Updated on July 9, 2016

Brooklyn Baby is a Page Turner

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Best Parties in Hollywood

Joan Benedict Steiger is a name dropper. She threw some of the best Hollywood parties in her homes from the 1960s - today. She shares how friends Jack Lemmon, Steve Allen, Tim Conway and Jonathan Winters would provide the entertainment. So would Don Knotts, Bea Arthur and Lloyd Bridges.

In her book Brooklyn Baby she shares her titillating life with the reader. It doesn't matter how old you are, Joan is an "It" Girl and mentions the names of Hollywood's A-List throughout her book.

From Jack Lemmon playing the grand piano to Elizabeth Taylor and Pierce Brosnan, readers feel like a fly on the wall where motion picture and television deals were sealed at her parties.

It's almost like picking up a gossip magazine, yet even more in-depth and fun!

Joan with Elizabeth Taylor

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Joan's Acting Career

Joan has been a stage, film and television star her entire life. With her good looks she doubled for Elizabeth Taylor on Butterfield 8 in 1960. She also was a double for Gina Lollobrigida.

Daytime television fans know her for her longtime role as Edith Fairchild in General Hospital. She also was frequently on Candid Camera, and part of the ensemble of the original Steve Allen Show. She was a star in Saturday Night Bath in Apple Valley with Red Granger, Mimi Rogers and Cliff Arquette.

Her stage career started at an early age. She is most known for her role as Leona Helmsley in two solo shows, “Leona” (about notorious “Queen of Mean”) and more recently “The Loves of My Life,” based on her own life.

Joan and Rod Steiger

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The Three Men In Joan's Life

First husband was actor John Myhers who became the first Captain Von Trapp in the musical The Sound of Music when Richard Rogers met him. Joan and John toured all over the country while he performed and met dignitaries, elected officials and well known movie stars.

Later he starred in “How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying.” They moved to Los Angeles and threw extravagant parties in their Sunset Plaza home. When Myhers died in 1992, Joan's old friend Rod Steiger soon came back into her life.

Joan and Rod originally met on the television show Masquerade Party in the late 1950s. They hit is off and would dine at 21 in New York. Both got so busy with their careers, Rod Steiger starred with Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront (1954), starred in the movies Al Capone, and W.C. Fields. He played Jud Fry in the film version of Rogers and Hammerstein's movie Oklahoma, and won an Oscar as police chief Bill Gillespie opposite Sidney Poitier in the film In The Heat of the Night.

The Academy Award winning actor called Joan in the late 1990s and they immediately picked up, where they had left off. Soon they married and moved into Rod's Malibu home.

They went on a whirlwind honeymoon to Paris, Manila, Rome and Istanbul. They attended the Kentucky Derby, Super Bowl games and weddings of celebrities that include Pierce Brosnan.

When Rod Steiger passed away in 2002, President Jimmy Carter wrote a condolence letter to Joan.

Four years later the handsome blonde actor Jeremy Slate came into Joan's life. He was known for 80 films and television shows. They lived a happy life together for a few years before he died from cancer in 2006.

Rating Brooklyn Baby

4 stars for The Book Brooklyn Baby

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      Jill Weinlein 15 months ago from Southern California

      I didn't either. What a fascinating life.

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      Dianna Mendez 15 months ago

      Thank you for sharing this interesting look at Steiger. I have seen her before but did not realize she was so well known.