Joan Carroll

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Joan Carroll
Laddie lobby card 3.jpg
Carroll in Laddie (1940) with Tim Holt.
Joan Marie Felt

(1931-01-18)January 18, 1931
DiedNovember 16, 2016(2016-11-16) (aged 85)
Years active1936, 1938–69
James Joseph Krack (m. 1951–1969)
ChildrenAnn Marie Krack (b. 1952)
Mary Anne Krack (b. 1954)
James Krack (b. 1958)
Joseph Krack (b. 1959)
Parent(s)Wright G. and Freida B Felt

Joan Carroll (January 18, 1931 – November 16, 2016) was an American child actress who appeared in films until retiring in 1945.

Childhood career[edit]

Lobby card for Laddie (1940). L-R: Sammy McKim, Martha O'Driscoll, Joan Leslie,
Spring Byington, Joan Carroll and Tim Holt.

Carroll was born Joan Marie Felt to Wright and Freida Felt on January 18, 1931.[1] Her father was a government electrical engineer, and her mother was a club and stage pianist. Carroll took dramatic lessons when she was very young and was performing locally by age 4. Her family moved to California in 1936, where she received a bit part in The First Baby (1936; billed as Mary Joan Felt).[citation needed]

Carroll developed into an excellent singer and tap dancer at the Fanchon and Marco Dancing School in Hollywood,[2] and became an accomplished child actress. Her stage name was changed to Carol and then Carroll.[3]

Between 1937 and 1940 she appeared in supporting roles in several movies. Her big break came the 1940 film, Primrose Path, as Ginger Rogers's younger sister, for which she won a Critics Award. The same year she became the first child star to be summoned from Hollywood in order to appear in the leading role in a Broadway musical, Panama Hattie, which ran from October 30, 1940 to January 3, 1942.[4]

Carroll became RKO Radio Pictures' resident juvenile personality in both "A" and "B" pictures. RKO starred Carroll in the leading role with Ruth Warrick in two zany comedy vehicles, Obliging Young Lady (1941) and Petticoat Larceny (1943). She continued to work in films as an adolescent, but less frequently. Two of her best-remembered pictures came from this period: Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) as Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien's sister, and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), in which she played a troubled teenager.[5]

Later life[edit]

After The Bells of St. Mary's in 1945, Carroll retired. She married in 1951 to James Joseph Krack; the couple had four children.[5]

She and her brother donated a historic family lamp to the Nevada State Museum on July 7, 2011.[6] The lamp was originally given to her father, Wright Felt, who was the Public Works Administrator for Nevada at the time the Hoover Dam was built. The lamp was created out of materials used in the construction of the 155-mile, $900,000 power line to the Hoover Dam, and was presented to him by the Lincoln County Power District No. 1 on September 25, 1937, for his assistance with the project.[citation needed]

Carroll died on November 16, 2016 near her home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, aged 85. She was survived by her husband, their four children and extended family.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1936 The First Baby
1937 One Mile from Heaven Sunny
1938 Walking Down Broadway Sunny Martin
1938 Gateway Child Uncredited
1938 Two Sisters Sally, as a child
1939 Mr. Moto's Last Warning Mary Delacour
1939 Tower of London Lady Mowbray Uncredited
1939 A Child Is Born Little Girl Uncredited
1939 Barricade Winifred Ward
1940 Laddie Sister Stanton
1940 Primrose Path Honeybell
1940 Anne of Windy Poplars Betty Grayson
1942 Obliging Young Lady Bridget Potter
1943 Petticoat Larceny Joan Mitchell / Small Change
1944 Meet Me In St. Louis Agnes Smith
1944 Tomorrow the World Pat Frame
1945 The Clock Man in Penn Station Uncredited
1945 The Bells of St. Mary's Patricia 'Patsy' Gallagher


  • Best, Marc. Those Endearing Young Charms: Child Performers of the Screen. South Brunswick and New York: Barnes & Co., 1971, pp. 20–24; ISBN 0498077292 / ISBN 9780498077296


  1. ^ a b Obituary,; accessed December 24, 2016.
  2. ^ Best, Marc. Those Endearing Young Charms, p. 20.
  3. ^ "Stage Role Transforms Carroll into star". Pittsburgh Press. August 2, 1941.
  4. ^ Joan Carroll at the Internet Broadway Database
  5. ^ a b Joan Carroll on IMDb
  6. ^ "Nevada State Museum to Receive Donation of a 1937 Lamp | Carson City Nevada News". Carson Now. Retrieved 2016-12-25.

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