1950s siren JOAN TAYLOR, who fought to save us all in “EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS” and managed the HAWAII FIVE-O franchise, is gone at 82.
Joan, who began her career at the Pasadena Playhouse, also starred in “Twenty Million Miles to Earth” (another Ray Harryhausen stop motion sci-fier), and oaters including "Rose Marie," "Apache Woman", "War Paint" and “Apache” with Charlton Heston.
On TV she played Milly Scott on “The Rifleman" with Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford, and guested on numerous other shows, Variety reported.
First known as Rose Marie Emma, Joan was born in Lake Forest, before heading to Los Angeles when she was 18 to become an actress.
After her acting career, she then married writer-director LEONARD FREEMAN who created the original “Hawaii Five-O” .
When Leonard died in 1974, Rose Freeman (who was no longer using the name “Joan Taylor”) transitioned into managing the "Hawaii Five-O" property which ran from 1968-80, as well as a long run in syndication and the new CBS series remake.
Joan then enjoyed a 3rd career as a writer penning novels and teleplays including "Fools Rush In" starring Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek.
She died of natural causes at her Santa Monica home.
Adios, “Mrs. Dr. Russell Marvin….”