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Who Is The Most Famous Joan In The World?

Updated December 10, 2020 625 votes 38 voters 22.5k views77 items

List RulesVote up all of the Joans you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Joan can you think of? The famous Joans below have many different professions, including notable actors named Joan, famous writers named Joan, and even musicians named Joan.

Joan Rivers is certainly one of the most famous Joans on this list. One of the famous comedians named Joan, she rose to fame as a Tonight Show guest in the mid-1960s before hosting The Late Show with Joan Rivers in 1986. She was also famous for her red carpet analysis and celebrity interviews. Joan Crawford and Joan Cusack are also famous actresses named Joan. 

Another of the famous people with the first name Joan is Joan Jett. She is the frontwoman of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. “Bad Reputation” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You” are among her biggest hits.

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    Joan Jett

    1958-09-22

    BirthplaceWynnewood, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Joan Collins2
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    Joan Collins

    1933-05-23

    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

    Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, (born 23 May 1933) is an English actress, author, and columnist....  more

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    Joan Crawford

    1904-03-23

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, San Antonio

    Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur; March 23, c. 1904 – May 10, 1977) was an American...  more

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    Joan Rivers

    1933-06-08

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan...  more

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  • Joan of Arc5
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    Joan of Arc

    1412-01-01

    BirthplaceDomrémy-la-Pucelle, France

    Joan of Arc (in French Jeanne d'Arc pronounced [ʒan daʁk]; c. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed...  more

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  • Joan Cusack6
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    Joan Cusack

    1962-10-11

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Joan Mary Cusack (; born October 11, 1962) is an American actress and comedian. She received...  more

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  • Joan Didion7
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    Joan Didion

    1934-12-05

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, United States of America

    Joan Didion (; born December 5, 1934) is an American essayist known for conveying her moral...  more

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  • Joan Smalls8
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    Joan Smalls

    1988-07-11

    BirthplaceHatillo, United States, with Territories

    Joan Smalls Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican fashion model. In 2013, she ranked at #8 on Forbes...  more
  • Joan Baez9
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    Joan Baez

    1941-01-09

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Joan Chandos Baez (; born January 9, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and...  more

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  • Joan Allen10
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    Joan Allen

    1956-08-20

    BirthplaceRochelle, Illinois, United States of America

    Joan Allen (born August 20, 1956) is an American actress. She began her career with the...  more

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  • Joan Osborne11
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    Joan Osborne

    1962-07-08

    BirthplaceAnchorage, Kentucky, United States of America

    Joan Elizabeth Osborne (born July 8, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, and interpreter...  more

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    #159 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time#401 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists

  • Joan Bennett12
    10

    Joan Bennett

    1910-02-27

    BirthplaceUSA, Palisades Park, New Jersey

    Joan Geraldine Bennett (February 27, 1910 – December 7, 1990) was an American stage, film, and...  more
  • Joan Severance13
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    Joan Severance

    1958-12-23

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, USA

    Joan Marie Severance (born December 23, 1958) is an American actress and former fashion model....  more
  • Joan Plowright14
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    Joan Plowright

    1929-10-28

    BirthplaceBrigg, United Kingdom

    Joan Ann Olivier, Baroness Olivier, DBE (née Plowright; born 28 October 1929), commonly known...  more
  • Joan Fontaine15
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    Joan Fontaine

    1917-10-22

    BirthplaceJapan, Tokyo

    Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (October 22, 1917 – December 15, 2013), known professionally as...  more

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  • Joan Lunden16
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    Joan Lunden

    1950-09-09

    BirthplaceFair Oaks, California, United States of America

    Joan Lunden (born Joan Elise Blunden on September 19, 1950) is an American journalist, an...  more

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  • Joan Sims17
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    Joan Sims

    1930-05-09

    BirthplaceLaindon, United Kingdom

    Irene Joan Marion Sims (9 May 1930 – 27 June 2001) was an English actress remembered for her...  more
  • Joan Marshall18
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    Joan Marshall

    1931-06-19

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Joan Marshall (born Joan Schrepfermann; June 6, 1931 – June 28, 1992) was an American film and...  more
  • Joan Rice19
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    Joan Rice

    1930-02-03

    BirthplaceWest Derby, England

    Joan Rice (3 February 1930 – 1 January 1997) was an English film actress.Rice is best known...  more
  • Joan Blondell20
    14

    Joan Blondell

    1906-08-30

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Rose Joan Blondell (August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979) was an American actress who performed...  more

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  • Joan Chen21
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    Joan Chen

    1961-04-26

    BirthplaceShanghai, China

    Joan Chen (born April 26, 1961) is a Chinese American actress, film director, screenwriter,...  more
  • Joan Armatrading22
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    BirthplaceBasseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

    Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading, MBE (, born 9 December 1950) is a British singer-songwriter...  more

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  • Joan Leslie23
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    Joan Leslie

    1925-01-26

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Joan Leslie (born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel; January 26, 1925 – October 12, 2015) was an...  more
  • Joan Sutherland24

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Dame Joan Alston Sutherland, OM, AC, DBE (7 November 1926 – 10 October 2010) was an...  more

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  • Joan Van Ark25
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    Joan Van Ark

    1943-06-16

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Joan Van Ark (born June 16, 1943) is an American actress, known for her role as Valene Ewing...  more