Joan Van Ark
Birth Name: Joan Van Ark
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Van Ark attended the Yale School of Drama, reportedly as one of the youngest students ever. After graduating, she appeared with the prestigious Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Her big break came when she was tapped to replace Elizabeth Ashley as the idealistic, free-spirited female lead of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" on Broadway and on tour. In 1971, Van Ark earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her work in "The School for Wives". Following that success, she moved to L.A., but periodically returned East to appear on stage. Van Ark worked summers at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and in 1995 replaced Marian Seldes in Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning ...
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