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    Joanna Moore



    Joanna Cook Moore (November 10, 1934 November 22, 1997) was an American film and television actress best known for her guest roles on the popular television shows of the 1960s, most notably as Sheriff Andy Taylor's love interest, Peggy "Peg" McMillan in four episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. She was married to actor Ryan O'Neal and is the mother of Tatum O'Neal. She is often credited as Joanna Moore.

    She was born Dorothy Cook, the elder of two daughters, in Americus, Georgia to Henry Cook, an atomic scientist, and Dorothy English Cook. When she was a child, her parents and younger sister were involved in a fatal car accident. Her mother and sister died immediately, while her father died a year after the accident from the injuries he sustained. For a time, Cook was raised by her grandmother until she became mentally and physically incapable. Cook was then adopted by a wealthy local family and changed her name from Dorothy to Joanna.

    As a teen, she married, and quickly divorced, Willis Moore. After the divorce, she attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. While attending college, she entered and won a beauty contest and was brought to Hollywood. Cook Moore's acting career began when she was spotted at a cocktail party by a producer for Universal.

    Cook Moore made her film debut in a 1957 crime drama, Appointment with a Shadow. Later that year, she appeared in episodes of Goodyear Theater and Harbourmaster, along with another film, Slim Carter. She also appeared in the new television series Wagon Train with Ricardo Montalban in the episode The Jean LeBee Story. In 1958, she had a small role in the film noir classic Touch of Evil, with Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Marlene Dietrich. The same year, she appeared in Monster on the Campus and Ride a Crooked Trail. Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, Cook Moore continued to appear in television on shows such as Studio One, Harbourmaster, Bachelor Father, Kraft Television Theatre, The Rough Riders, The Millionaire, The Untouchables, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 77 Sunset Strip, Hong Kong, The Brothers Brannagan, Gunsmoke, The Fugitive and Route 66.

    In 1962, Cook Moore appeared as Miss Precious in Walk on the Wild Side with Jane Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck and Capucine, followed by the musical, Follow That Dream with Elvis Presley. She continued to land roles on television shows during the late 1960s and early 1970s, appearing in Bewitched, Nanny and the Professor, McCloud, and The Waltons. Cook Moore made her last screen appearance in the 1986 film, Run Chrissie Run!.

    On April 3, 1963, Cook Moore married actor Ryan O'Neal. She had earlier guest starred on O'Neal's television series Empire filmed on a New Mexico ranch. The couple had two children, Tatum Beatrice O'Neal, born in 1963, and Griffin Patrick O'Neal, born in 1964. The marriage was tempestuous and the couple separated in early 1966.

    Around the time of the separation, Cook Moore began to abuse alcohol and drugs, namely amphetamine. She continued acting, but her depression worsened over her impending divorce. In February 1967, O'Neal and Cook Moore's divorce became final, and O'Neal quickly married actress Leigh Taylor-Young. The two had a son together the same year.

    In 1970, Cook Moore acknowledged her addiction to drugs and alcohol and checked herself into the Camarillo State Hospital for treatment. The next year, she was arrested for drunk driving after she and O'Neal got into a fight while she and their children were visiting O'Neal's Malibu home. After her arrest, she lost custody of both Tatum and Griffin.

    In 1975, she married Gary L. Reeves; however, the marriage was short lived and ended in 1976. By the late 1970s, she was being supported financially by daughter Tatum, who had become an Academy Award winning actress at age 10, and one of the highest-paid child stars of the era. The children were still in Ryan O'Neal's custody, and despite treatment, Cook Moore continued to abuse drugs and alcohol. As a result, she was arrested five times for DUI throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

    In 1996, Cook Moore, a long-time smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer. On November 22, 1997, she died from the disease. Her daughter Tatum O'Neal was by her side at the time of her death.

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    Beautiful. Neither one of her children, who look fine, inherited much of her good looks, more from their dad I think.

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    A much better actor than Ryan O'Neal, just as loony though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Connor View Post
    A much better actor than Ryan O'Neal, just as loony though.
    Yup. I always liked her as Peg, Andy Griffith girlfriend on TAGS. It's too bad drugs and alcohol became such a driving force in her life.
    "You live alone, creating your life as you go." - Edie Sedgwick

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    Tatum has her voice, and her drug problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxwe View Post
    Tatum has her voice, and her drug problem.
    She does, I agree. I also have always thought Tatum looks exactly like her mother, who I thought was just gorgeous before her addictions took over her life.

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    She was beautiful and it's nice to know her daughter took care of her the best she could, we all know it wouldn't have been her Dad.

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    Just seen her on a old episode of The Wild Wild West today.
    she was beautiful.
    Carolyn(1958-2009) always in my heart.

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    She was very beautiful, it's a shame drugs and alcohol took hold of her because she was so talented. Much more then her douche of an ex husband. Farrah should have stayed clear of him also, he is a mess.
    To really know people is to be able to read between the lines on their faces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Without Pity View Post
    She was beautiful and it's nice to know her daughter took care of her the best she could, we all know it wouldn't have been her Dad.
    So true, Ryan O'Neal was a bad husband and was a jerk of a father.
    He should be ashamed of himself.
    Carolyn(1958-2009) always in my heart.

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