About this actor
Joan Ann Hackett (March 1, 1934 – October 8, 1983) was an American actress who appeared on stage, in films, and on television. Born in New York City of Irish and Italian extraction, her immigrant parents raised her Roman Catholic and sent her to Catholic schools. Hackett debuted with the role of Gail Prentiss in the TV series Young Doctor Malone in 1959. In 1961 she won a Theatre World Award, an Obie Award, and a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Chris in Michael Shurtleff's play Call Me By My Rightful Name. She performed a recurring role on the CBS legal drama The Defenders (1961-1965) as fiance to Kenneth Preston, played by Robert Reed, partner in the father and son law firm led by patriarch Lawrence Preston (E.G. Marshall), appearing regularly in scenes with both lead actors. She had a leading role in The Twilight Zone episode "A Piano in the House" (1962). In the 1963-1964 season, she guest starred on the ABC drama about college life, Channing starring Jason Evers and Henry...