Person - Joan Hardy

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Joan acted in NTL’s Behind the Scenes 1937, played the harlot inThe Sword Sung 1938, Trumpets of Wrath 1938, played Sonya in Aristocrats 1938, and in 1939 was in Bessie Bosch and was well reviewed in Blood on the Moon.

While living in Bondi she had a speaking part in the 1937 film Tall Timbers shot at Bondi studios, and in 1938 she played a gangster’s girlfriend in Sydney Players’ Club's They Came By Night at St James Hall. In 1939 after acting in the comedy The Family Dictator in the 2KY Radiotorium (its cast included Myra Leard ), she began conducting a literary session on radio 2UE and acting with the 2UE Dramatic Players. By 1940 Joan Hardy was a well-known broadcaster and storyteller and promoter of Australian writers.

Joan Nelson was born at Boggabri in 1912. In 1931 she married Kingston Michael Hardy (1908-63) at Tamworth; they were both involved in Narrabri Musical Society productions 1931-3. They divorced in 1942.

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