Actress Joan Shawlee Dies of Cancer at 58
Mar. 31, 1987
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Joan Shawlee, whose many movie comedy roles included the leader of an all- girl band in ''Some Like it Hot,'' has died of cancer in her Hollywood home. She was 58.
Miss Shawlee, who also had acted under the name of Joan Fulton in her first and second tries at a Hollywood career in the 1940s, died March 22, said a friend and collaborator, David Johnson.
She had the title role in ''The Adventures of Aggie,'' which ran for several years on the BBC in England, and she also had a recurring role as ''Peaches'' on ''The Dick Van Dyke Show.''
She had film roles in ''The Apartment,'' ''A Star is Born,'' ''Irma La Douce,'' ''A Farewell to Arms'' ''Tony Rome'' and ''Willard'' often portraying lusty, zany characters.
A former model, nightclub entertainer and dancer in New York City, she appeared in Ray Bolger's ''By Jupiter'' and ''A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court'' on Broadway before her third try at Hollywood earned her regular roles.
In the 1959 Billy Wilder film ''Some Like it Hot,'' her 1920s traveling band featuring Marilyn Monroe was joined by Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis disguised as women, as they fled from gangsters.
Her film career began with ''House of Horrors'' in 1946 and ended with ''Flash and Firecat'' in 1976.
She changed her professional name after her marriage to businessman Walter Shawlee.
In the 1970s she had roles in two short-lived television series, ''The Adventures of Aggie'' and ''The Feather and Father Gang.''
Survivors include a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.