American actress Joan Copeland, who is best known for her appearances on the Broadway stage and small screen shows, passed away on Tuesday morning in her home in New York City. She was 99. Copeland was known for her six-decade Broadway career that included performances in Detective Story (1950), Coco, (1969), and 45 Seconds From Broadway (2001), and also appearances on several notable daytime soap operas like The Edge of the Night (1956), Love of Life (1960-63), Search for Tomorrow (1967-72) and How to Survive a Marriage (1974). Condolences have been pouring in for Copeland on social media, with fans remembering many of her notable performances over the years. She is survived by her son, Eric Kupchik, and her niece, actress Rebecca Miller.
Copeland was the sister of acclaimed playwright Arthur Miller, who passed away in 2005 and also appeared in one of his plays, The American Clock, in 1980, which garnered her a Drama Desk award. In an interview with The New York Times in 1981, she said, "From the time I was a little girl I had the stage bug. It was like a big dream, like kids who want to fly to the moon today. Perhaps I was unconsciously influenced by my brother. He had made it. I was desperate to get out of the dreariness I was living in." Not wanting to be identified by her brother, she took on the stage name, "Joan Copeland". She told the Times, "I did not want to trade on my brother’s name."
Despite a majority of her career being on Broadway and television shows, Joan Copeland has also made appearances on the big screen starting with Paddy Chayefsky’s The Goddess (1958). She also starred in films like Roseland (1977), A Little Sex (1982), The Object of My Affection (1998), including voicing the character Tanana in Disney’s 2003 venture, Brother Bear.
06/01/2022 02:22 PM