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Who Is The Most Famous Joan In The World?

Updated December 10, 2020 611 votes 29 voters 21.9k 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 on Wikipedia
  • Joan Crawford2

    Joan Crawford


    BirthplaceTexas, USA, San Antonio

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

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  • Joan Rivers3

    Joan Rivers


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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  • Joan Collins4

    Joan Collins


    BirthplacePaddington, London, England

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

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  • Joan Cusack5

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • Joan Didion6

    Joan Didion


    BirthplaceUSA, California, Sacramento

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

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  • Joan of Arc7

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 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 on Wikipedia
  • 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 on Wikipedia

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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 on Wikipedia

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  • 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 on Wikipedia

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  • 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 on Wikipedia
  • Joan Plowright13

    Joan Plowright


    BirthplaceBrigg, United Kingdom

    Joan Ann Olivier, Baroness Olivier, DBE (née Plowright; born 28 October 1929), commonly known... more on Wikipedia
  • Joan Fontaine14

    Joan Fontaine


    BirthplaceJapan, Tokyo

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

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  • Joan Lunden15

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • Joan Severance16

    Joan Severance


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, USA

    Joan Marie Severance (born December 23, 1958) is an American actress and former fashion model.
  • 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 on Wikipedia
  • Joan Marshall18

    Joan Marshall


    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

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

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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 on Wikipedia
  • Joan Armatrading22

    BirthplaceBasseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

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

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  • 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 on Wikipedia
  • Joan Sutherland24

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

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

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  • 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 on Wikipedia