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List of famous people named Joan, along with photos. How many celebrities named Joan can you think of? The famous Joans below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Joan, athletes named Joan, and even political figures named Joan. Did we forget your favorite famous person whose name is Joan? Add them to the list.

The late Joan Rivers was definitely a comedian who paved the way for female comics and women in the industry who were older than Hollywood standards, which made her groundbreaking. Her controversial sense of humor was definitely seen in her last show The Fashion Police.

Of course, other actresses include Joan Cusack, sister to John Cusack who starred in many classics, such as Working Girl, In & Out, and School of Rock. But if you like old school, you might want to consider the late Joan Crawford, the actress who inspired the cult classic Mommy Dearest.

And who can forget the legendary Joan Jett. Her band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and The Runaways had amazing hits, such as "I Love Rock N Roll", and "I Hate Myself for Loving You".
Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), known professionally as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her ...more

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

Age: 60

Birthplace: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer and occasional actress. Jett is best known for her work as the ...more

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Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Pin-up girl, Actor, Singer

Age: Dec. at 73 (1904-1977)

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur; March 23, c. 1904 – May 10, 1977) was an American film and television actress who began her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before ...more

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Joan Collins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Columnist, Author, Actor

Age: 85

Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom

Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, (born 23 May 1933) is an English actress, author, and columnist. She made her stage debut at the age of nine, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in ...more

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Pacifist, Activist, Record producer

Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Joan Chandos Baez (; born January 9, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and activist. Her contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has ...more

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Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 56

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Joan Mary Cusack (; born October 11, 1962) is an American actress and comedian. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama ...more

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Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Military Leader

Age: Dec. at 19 (1412-1431)

Birthplace: Domrémy-la-Pucelle, France

Joan of Arc (in French Jeanne d'Arc pronounced [ʒan daʁk]; c. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (French: La Pucelle d'Orléans), is considered a heroine ...more

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Joan Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Actor

Age: Dec. at 96 (1917-2013)

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (October 22, 1917 – December 15, 2013), known professionally as Joan Fontaine, was a British-American actress who is best known for her starring roles in cinema ...more

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Joan Allen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Actor

Age: 62

Birthplace: Rochelle, USA, Illinois

Joan Allen (born August 20, 1956) is an American actress. She began her career with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1977, won the 1984 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for ...more

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Joan Severance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Fashion Model, Restaurateur, Actor

Age: 60

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Joan Marie Severance (born December 23, 1958) is an American actress and former fashion model.
Joan Osborne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 56

Birthplace: Anchorage, Kentucky, USA

Joan Elizabeth Osborne (born July 8, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, and interpreter of music, having recorded and performed in various popular American musical genres including pop, ...more

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Joan Blondell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Fashion Model, Author, Actor

Age: Dec. at 73 (1906-1979)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Rose Joan Blondell (August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979) was an American actress who performed in movies and on television for half a century. She began her career in vaudeville. After winning a ...more

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Joan Smalls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Model

Age: 30

Birthplace: Hatillo, Puerto Rico

Joan Smalls Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican fashion model. In 2013, she ranked at #8 on Forbes magazine's "World's Highest-Paid Models" list. In 2011, she became the first Latina model to ...more
Joan Didion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Memoirist, Novelist, Author

Age: 84

Birthplace: USA, California, Sacramento

Joan Didion (; born December 5, 1934) is an American essayist known for conveying her moral sensibility through a highly accomplished use of syntax. In the late Sixties, Didion's reportage ...more

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Joan Lunden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Journalist, Newsreader, Screenwriter

Age: 68

Birthplace: Fair Oaks, California, United States of America

Joan Lunden (born Joan Elise Blunden on September 19, 1950) is an American journalist, an author, and a television host. Lunden was the co-host of ABC's Good Morning America from 1980 to 1997, ...more

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Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 57

Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Joan Chen (born April 26, 1961) is a Chinese American actress, film director, screenwriter, and film producer. In China she performed in the 1979 film Little Flower ("小花") and came to ...more
Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Opera Singer, Dramatic colouratura

Age: Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania, Australasia, Sydney, + more

Dame Joan Alston Sutherland, OM, AC, DBE (7 November 1926 – 10 October 2010) was an Australian-born coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire ...more

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Joan Bennett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Actor

Age: Dec. at 80 (1910-1990)

Birthplace: USA, Palisades Park, New Jersey

Joan Geraldine Bennett (February 27, 1910 – December 7, 1990) was an American stage, film, and television actress. Besides acting on the stage, Bennett appeared in more than 70 films from the ...more
Joan Armatrading is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 68

Birthplace: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading, MBE (, born 9 December 1950) is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist.A three-time Grammy Award nominee, Armatrading has also been nominated twice for BRIT ...more

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Joan Sims is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Actor, Singer

Age: Dec. at 71 (1930-2001)

Birthplace: Laindon, United Kingdom

Irene Joan Marion Sims (9 May 1930 – 27 June 2001) was an English actress remembered for her roles in the Carry On films, including Carry On Nurse (1959), Carry On Cleo (1964) and Carry On ...more
Joan Leslie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Pin-up girl, Actor

Age: 94

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Joan Leslie (born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel; January 26, 1925 – October 12, 2015) was an American actress, dancer, and vaudevillian who, during the Hollywood Golden Age, appeared in such ...more

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Joan Plowright is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Actor

Age: 89

Birthplace: Brigg, United Kingdom

Joan Ann Olivier, Baroness Olivier, DBE (née Plowright; born 28 October 1929), commonly known as Dame Joan Plowright, is a retired English actress whose career has spanned over six ...more
Joan Van Ark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 75

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Joan Van Ark (born June 16, 1943) is an American actress, known for her role as Valene Ewing on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. A life member of The Actors Studio, she made her Broadway ...more

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Joan Miró is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Painter, Artist

Age: Dec. at 90 (1893-1983)

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Joan Miró i Ferrà ( mi-ROH, also US: mee-ROH, Catalan: [ʒuˈam miˈɾo j fəˈra]; 20 April 1893 – 25 December 1983) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A ...more

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Joan Hickson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Joan
Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 92 (1906-1998)

Birthplace: Kingsthorpe, Pennsylvania, United Kingdom

Joan Bogle Hickson, OBE (5 August 1906 – 17 October 1998) was an English actress of theatre, film and television. She was known for her role as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple in the television ...more