Joan Perry, a motion picture actress of the 1930s who was widowed by Columbia Studios President Harry Cohn, has died. She was 85.
Perry died Sunday of emphysema at her Santa Barbara estate.
Born Elizabeth Rosiland Miller in Pensacola, Fla., Perry began acting in class plays in Tampa. She was a model until she was discovered by Hollywood.
Signed to Columbia in 1935 at the same time as actress Rita Hayworth, Perry was told by studio chief Cohn: "Hayworth will be a star, and you'll be my wife."
Perry appeared with actors Lew Ayres, Ralph Bellamy, Melvyn Douglas and Ronald Reagan in such films as: "The Case of the Missing Man," "Dangerous Intrigue," "Counterfeit Lady," "The Devil Was Driving," "Good Girls Go to Paris," "Nine Lives Are Not Enough" and "International Squadron."