Joan Staley, 1940 – 2019

Joan Staley: born Joan McConchie, 1940 Minneapolis Minnesota; on American television and movie screens consistently between 1960 and 1969, then two appearances on Adam 12 (TV) in 1969 and 1972, and Dallas (TV) in 1982.

Joan Staley, Actress in ‘The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,’ Dies at 79

Joan Staley, who starred opposite Don Knotts in ‘The Ghost and Mr. Chicken’ and on television in such series as ’77 Sunset Strip,’ ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and a ‘McHale’s Navy’ spinoff, has died. She was 79.

By Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, November 29, 2019

In Roustabout (1964), Staley played Marge, the jilted girlfriend of carnival singer Charlie Rogers (Elvis Presley), and she gets to slap him across the face in the film.

“I asked him if he wanted me to pull up,” she recalled in Tom Lisanti’s 2001 book, Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema. “He said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Are you sure? I could leave a welt.’ He replied, ‘That’s OK.’ So I belted him. That slap you hear in the film was not put in afterward — that was the slap.”

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