In July 1952, during the filming of His Majesty O’ Keefe, Joan Rice became engaged to Martin Boyce, the manager of an auto parts factory, whom she described as a ‘regular pip of a fellow.’
In a press article she said, “"We went together for a year and three months before he proposed. As I recall it, we held hands after four months, then he kissed me on the sixth month of our meeting each other and things were on a standstill after that, until I got the news I was coming to the States."
But her engagement with Martin Boyce lasted less than 5 months and a recent discovery I have made on the back of a press photograph reveals a little more information on her whirlwind romance with her first husband, David Green.
15th January 1953:
“Miss Joan Rice 22 year old waitress turned film star; photographed last night with her fiancée; 19 year old Mr. David Green. When she returned from the Fiji Islands two months ago she denied that she had broken her engagement to Martin Boyce – but last night she revealed her engagement to Mr. Green, whom she met at a Christmas party. He was a Public Schools Heavyweight Champion before leaving Harrow, and is now a film salesman travelling for a Hollywood company in England.”
Joan and David were married at Maidenhead Registry Office a month later, on the 16th February 1953.
There are now over 56 pages of pictures and information about Joan Rice, so to find out more about her fascinating life, please click here.