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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.

Did we forget one of your favorite famous people named Joan? Just add them to the list!

  • Joan Jett1

    Joan Jett


    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

    Joan Collins


    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

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

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    #349 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History#70 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • Joan Crawford3

    Joan Crawford


    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 Rivers4

    Joan Rivers


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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

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    #71 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#169 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time

  • Joan of Arc5

    Joan of Arc


    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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    #160 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models#386 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • Joan Cusack6

    Joan Cusack


    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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    #100 of 222 The Best Actresses Working Today#23 of 282 The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

  • Joan Didion7

    Joan Didion


    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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    The Best Joan Didion Books#898 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time

  • Joan Smalls8

    Joan Smalls


    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

    Joan Baez


    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

    Joan Allen


    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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    #249 of 349 The Best American Actresses Working Today#44 of 186 The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

  • Joan Osborne11

    Joan Osborne


    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

    Joan Bennett


    BirthplaceUSA, Palisades Park, New Jersey

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

    Joan Severance


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, USA

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

    Joan Plowright


    BirthplaceBrigg, United Kingdom

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

    Joan Fontaine


    BirthplaceJapan, Tokyo

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

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  • Joan Lunden16

    Joan Lunden


    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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    #34 of 50 Favorite Good Morning America Hosts#10 of 12 12 Celebrities Who Happen To Be WWE Hall of Fame Members

  • Joan Sims17

    Joan Sims


    BirthplaceLaindon, United Kingdom

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

    Joan Marshall


    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

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

    Joan Rice


    BirthplaceWest Derby, England

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

    Joan Blondell


    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

    Joan Chen


    BirthplaceShanghai, China

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

    BirthplaceBasseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

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

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    #102 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters#636 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

  • Joan Leslie23

    Joan Leslie


    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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    #3 of 153 The Greatest Opera Singers of All Time#3 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

  • Joan Van Ark25

    Joan Van Ark


    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