Joan Tewkesbury

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Birth Name: Joan Tewkesbury
Born: 04/08/1936
Birth Place: Redlands, California, USA

Joan Tewkesbury was born on April 8, 1936 in Redlands, CA. The only child of working class parents, Tewkesbury's father repaired office machines for the local Board of Education and her mother was a registered nurse. As with many young girls of her generation, Tewkesbury was groomed to emulate Shirley Temple, Hollywood's undisputed box office champion between 1935-38. When she was three years old, Tewkesbury was enrolled in dance school. With the divorce of her parents when she was 10, she commuted by bus from her mother's home in Alhambra to Los Angeles, where she studied with Ernest Belcher, Shirley Temple's dance coach and the father of future Broadway hoofer Marge Champion. Sent to an op... Continue Bio >>

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