Joan Rice in the Fiji Islands

Joan Rice's biggest break into Hollywood came with her role in the lavish Warner Brothers production His Majesty O'Keefe. Below is a copy of the article that appeared in a magazine promoting the movie during its production:

"Being a Hollywood star, British-born Joan Rice decided, has the same privileges as being a world traveller. At least that was her experience when she signed to star in His Majesty O’Keefe for Warner Brothers. She went on location with Burt Lancaster and the rest of the cast and crew to the Fiji Islands. It was a wonderful experience, one that Joan will never forget.

The green-eyed brunette loves adventure and travel anyway and is brimming with curiosity and people of other countries. She plays the piano, has a dog named Beau Geste and a cat named Digby Geste. She plays bridge and canasta and loves cricket and would like to belong to a women's cricket club. She loves clothes, prefers soup and vegetables to steak and potatoes and her favourite authors are O'Henry and Neville Shute.

Joan Rice co-starred with Burt Lancaster, went on location to the Fiji Islands for the film. The British start met tribesman, saw a dressing room built in little time. She learned to fish, island-style, discussed Island lore with native women, and collected souvenirs."


Joan Rice

An early image of  the beautiful Joan Rice (1930-1997). She was later hand-picked by Walt Disney himself, to play the part of Maid Marian in his live-action movie the Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952). To read more about her journey from an orphanage in Nottingham to the glamorous world of Hollywood, please click on the links.