Joanna Cameron

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Joanna Cameron
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Birth name Joanna Kara Cameron
Born September 20, 1949 in Aspen, Colorado, USA
Died October 22, 2021 from complications from a stroke
Sometimes credited as JoAnna Cameron
Notable Roles Isis
Notable Episodes
Awards

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Biography

Joanna Cameron was an only child born to restauranteur parents. Throughout her high school years, she was often the stand in chef at her family's establishment due to her mother's illness. JoAnna also starred in many school plays and was musically proficient playing both the piano, flute and harmonica. In the latter half of the sixties, she relocated to Orange, California with her family, to pursue a degree in Drama and English. While attending U.C. Riverside on a scholarship, she was discovered by a talent scout.

A former Vogue model, she was widely favored by casting agents because of her athleticism, natural qualities and beauty. Steven Stern, director of "B.S. I Love You" directed her first commercial. In 1968, at Linda Hope's insistence and without a screen test, she read for Bob Hope and was cast in "How to Commit Marriage" with only the one commercial to her credit. Several other films followed and Cameron was set to be cast in "Love Story" opposite Ryan O'Neal. However, the role of "Jenny" eventually went to Ali MacGraw. After meeting Joanna at the Bistro restaurant, Gulf & Western CEO Charles Bluhdorn - who incidentally shared Cameron's birthday - selected her to appear in Neil Simon's "Star Spangled Girl". Paramount President Stanley Jaffe opposed her casting, and Robert Evans mediated between Bluhdorn and Jaffe. The role would ultimately go to Sandy Duncan and the ensuing battle prompted Jaffe's dismissal. In addition to her movie credits, Joanna also appeared in numerous TV movies, episodic television and well over one hundred commercials.

Today, she is widely known for her titular role as "Isis" in CBS's live action Saturday morning show. In the late 1970's, Cameron starred in and directed many on board promotional videos for the Navy. She continued her acting career into the early 1980's and was in several productions with Roger Staubach and the USN. After leaving the entertainment industry, she became a home health care practitioner and is now involved in hotel marketing and management in Hawaii.

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Isis Andrea Thomas 1975–1977 1 2

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Jan Speiser 1x04 - Man Without a Heart November 9, 1969
Medical Center Lainie 1x09 - Jeopardy November 26, 1969
Daniel Boone Kellie 6x09 - A Bearskin for Jamie Blue November 27, 1969
Marcus Welby, M.D. Anne 1x16 - Fun and Games and Michael Ambrose January 13, 1970
Marcus Welby, M.D. Anne MacAndrews 1x20 - Nobody Wants a Fat Jockey February 17, 1970
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1x21 - The Other Side of the Chart February 24, 1970
The Name of the Game Carole Crown 2x23 - Echo of a Nightmare March 20, 1970
Love, American Style 3x10D - Love and the Eyewitness November 19, 1971
The Partners Sgt. Kelly 1x10 - Have I Got an Apartment for You November 27, 1971
Marcus Welby, M.D. 4x01 - A Fragile Possession September 12, 1972
Search Laura 1x10 - Flight to Nowhere November 22, 1972
Columbo Lorna 4x02 - Negative Reaction October 15, 1974
Shazam! Isis 2x07 - The Odd Couple October 18, 1975
Westwind 1x08 - The Deadly Photo October 25, 1975
Switch Jenny Brown 1x11 - Death by Resurrection December 2, 1975
Shazam! Isis 3x04 - Finders Keepers October 2, 1976
Shazam! Isis 3x06 - Out of Focus October 16, 1976
Gibbsville 1x10 - In the Silence unaired (1977)
McMillan & Wife Vanessa Vale 6x06 - Have You Heard About Vanessa? April 24, 1977
The Amazing Spider-Man Gale Hoffman 1x01 - The Deadly Dust (1) April 5, 1978
The Amazing Spider-Man Gale Hoffman 1x02 - The Deadly Dust (2) April 12, 1978
Switch Jenny Brown 3x20 - The Cage June 25, 1978
VH-1 Where Are They Now? Herself 1x07 - Superheroes July 21, 1999

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Great American Beauty Contest Gloria Rockwell February 13, 1973
A Time for Love
(credited as Joanna K. Cameron)
Mini March 3, 1973
Sorority Kill March 5, 1974
Night Games Thelma Lattimer March 16, 1974 Petrocelli
Negative Reaction
(credited as Joanna Cameron)
Lorna McGrath October 15, 1974 Columbo
It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy Wanda Olivia Wellman November 19, 1974
High Risk Sandra May 15, 1976
Swan Song Karen February 8, 1980

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson May 18, 1978
The Merv Griffin Show July ??, 1978
The Mike Douglas Show Sept ??, 1978

Director

Memorable Moments

  • In the "Isis" series, JoAnna's character would incant "Oh zephyr winds which blow on high, lift me now so I can fly" before spinning upwards and flying away.

Awards and Accolades

  • Was voted one of the "Five most beautiful women in the world" by the International Academy of Beauty

Trivia

  • Considered the "Queen of Commercials" in the 1970's. Held several Guinness world records for appearing in the most commercials. (100+ commercials)
  • Was romantically linked to Sir David Frost.
  • Holds degrees in both Drama/English and Marketing/Management
  • An accomplished cook and baker, avid golfer, animal lover and outdoor enthusiast of cycling, sailing, skiing, diving, horseback riding
  • Some sources have claimed that Joanna Cameron is very distantly related to Director James Cameron.
  • During the filming of "Pretty maids all in a row" the studio publicized that Rock Hudson was "dating" JoAnna Cameron.
  • It has been noted that "Blue Angels in Razor Sharp" partly inspired the subsequent production of "Top Gun"
  • Played the first superheroine in TV history to headline her own weekly series

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