Joan Weldon’s family announced yesterday that the singer and actress, died on February 11, 2021, at the age of 90. No cause of death was given.
Weldon was best known for her co-starring role in the sci-fi, horror classic Them! Weldon’s career began her singing in the San Francisco Grand Opera Company. She later sang in the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and on Broadway, Weldon’s acting career began in 1953. She appeared in eleven films and made eleven guest appearances on television shows including roles on Cheyenne, Perry Mason, Have Gun Will Travel and Maverick.
After her acting career, Weldon returned to her first love, singing. She appeared in many road show productions including The Music Man and Oklahoma. Joan Weldon retired in 1980.
I had no idea that Joan Weldon was a singer. I knew her best from her role in Them! I thought she was excellent. I appreciate that she came off as smart (if not smarter) than the men in the movie and she wasn’t there to be saved. Weldon’s career in movies and television was relatively short, but what an impact she made.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and fans.