Elaine Joyce Bio, Children, Age, Husband, Net Worth, Height, Today, Movies, Photos, Daughter, Wikipedia, Still Alive

Elaine Joyce Biography: Children, Age, Husband, Net Worth, Height, Today, Movies, Photos, Daughter, Wikipedia, Still Alive?

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Elaine Joyce (born 19 December 1945) is an actress from the United States of America who is primarily into movie and television production.

She began her acting career with a series of uncredited roles in musicals such as ‘West Side Story,’ ‘The Music Man,’ ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ and ‘Funny Girl.’ She made her television debut a few years before landing her first major film part.

Elaine Joyce shifted her concentration to television later in her career. She has a few theatrical credits to her resume, including the musical ‘Sugar,’ a musical adaption of the film ‘Some Like It Hot,’ which garnered her a ‘Theatre World Award.’

Elaine Joyce
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Wiki Facts & About Data
Real Name: Elaine Joyce Pinchot
Stage Name: Elaine Joyce
Born: 19 December 1945 (age 78 years old)
Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.67 m
Parents: Iliclina Nagy, Frank Pinchot
Siblings: Frank Pinchot
Husband • Spouse: Neil Simon (m. 1999–2018), John Levoff (m. 1985–1992), Bobby Van (m. 1968–1980)
Boyfriend • Partner: J. D. Salinger (ex.)
Children: Taylor Van, Michael Levoff
Occupation: Actress • TV Personality
Net Worth: US$1.3 million

Early Life

Elaine Joyce Pinchot was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 19, 1943. Her ancestors were Hungarians. She has a younger brother whose name is Frank Pinchot.

Her parents are Iliclina Nagy (father) and Frank Pinchot (father).

There are no data about this well-known actress’s early life or scholastic background accessible. Her career began before she became 16 years old, which is generally recognized.

This indicates that Elaine Joyce began her career at a relatively young age.


Elaine Joyce began her career in the entertainment industry as an “extra” in movies. She made her Broadway debut as ‘Hotsie,’ the girlfriend of David Bean‘s character ‘Tiger,’ in the 1961 romantic musical tragedy ‘West Side Story.’

She then appeared in a few more musical films as an “extra,” including “The Music Man” (1962), “Bye Bye Birdie” (1963), and “Funny Girl” (1964). (1968). She appeared in four episodes of the ‘NBC’ (later ‘CBS’) variety show ‘The Red Skelton Show‘ from 1967 to 1969.

Elaine Joyce made her Broadway debut the following year with the musical ‘Sugar.’ In this musical rendition of the 1959 romantic comedy ‘Some Like It Hot,’ she played the titular character of Sugar Kane, and the role was a ukulele player and singer.

In the movie ‘Sugar Kane‘ was played by Marilyn Monroe in the original picture. Elaine Joyce got a ‘Theatre World Award for her amazing performance in ‘Sugar‘ (1972).

Mr. Merlin,’ ‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ ‘Melrose Place,’ ‘Magnum, P.I.,’ ‘Simon & Simon,’ ‘Too Close For Comfort,’ and ‘Murder, ‘She Wrote‘ was among the shows she appeared in.

In the meanwhile, Elaine Joyce starred as ‘Edith Olsen‘ in the 1980 horror-comedy ‘Motel Hell‘ and as ‘Angie Weinbauer‘ (on-screen mother of actor Marc Price, who played ‘Eddie Weinbauer‘) in the movie Trick or Treat.

She continued her stage performances in May 1982 at the ‘Alhambra Dinner Theatre‘ in Jacksonville, Florida. She was seen in Robert Thomas‘ play ‘Catch Me, If You Can,’ which was presented at the ‘Cape Playhouse‘ in Dennis, Massachusetts, starring Wayne Rogers. She made a cameo appearance (as ‘Suzanne‘) in the ‘CBS’ series ‘The Young and the Restless‘ in 1993 and had a brief recurring part (three episodes) as ‘Paula Hammond‘ in the Days of Lives ‘NBC’ daytime aerial opera.

Elaine Joyce has also been regularly featured on various game programs as a host or a panelist.

Personal Life

Bobby Van, a veteran stage actor, was Elaine Joyce‘s husband. In 1968, they married and remained together until Bobby Van died in 1980. In special game programs, such as ‘Tattletales‘ and ‘Match Game,’ the two shared screen time.

Her marriage had had its ups and downs. The couple married in October 1967, according to an announcement.

They were not, however. According to ‘The El Dorado Times,’ Bobby Van had planned to marry on December 2, 1967, in November of that year, but they had postponed theirs since Elaine Joyce‘s brother had picked the same date for his wedding. They announced their engagement in February 1968 and planned to marry on March 21. On May 1, 1968, Bobby Van and Elaine Joyce were married in Las Vegas.

Bobby Van filed for an annulment less than a week later, citing “fraud”. Elaine Joyce convinced him to marry her by telling him she wanted children, he claimed, and that Elaine Joyce‘s allegation was false. He also revealed that their marriage was not going well and that Elaine Joyce had tried to flee.

Even though their divorce was never finalized, they were still legally married, and Taylor Van, their daughter, was conceived to them.

Elaine Joyce married TV producer John Levoff in 1985 after Bobby Van died of brain cancer in 1980. The had a son named Michael Levoff. In 1992, they divorced. She later went on to marry writer Neil Simon in 1999.

Elaine Joyce learned about Neil Simon‘s deteriorating health before the wedding, but she had no idea why. She even recommended that the wedding be postponed. The intimate ceremony was conducted in the backyard of a friend.

Elaine Joyce donned her five-carat ruby engagement ring and a gray ‘Dolce & Gabbana’ bridal gown. Neil Simon passed away on August 26, 2018, due to renal failure exacerbated by pneumonia.

She once said that she met and briefly dated famed novelist J. D. Salinger in 1982 while singing at the ‘Alhambra Dinner Theatre.’ He’d once gone to one of Elaine Joyce‘s gigs to meet her and go on a date with her. They had been exchanging phone calls and letters for quite some time before this.

Net Worth

Elaine Joyce has a net worth of US$1.3 million, most of which came from her acting career.

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