Actress Joan Copeland recently passed away on January 4. She was 99 years old at the time of death and was well-known for her appearances on stage and screen.
The news was first reported by Broadway World, and Deadline later confirmed that she died at her home in New York City.
Copeland is survived by her son, Eric Kupchik, and niece and actress Rebecca Miller.
Joan Copeland’s journey as an actress
Born on June 1, 1922, Joan Copeland started her career by appearing in theater during the mid-1940s. She played the role of Juliet in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1945.
Copeland made her Broadway debut as Nadine in the 1948 production of Bessie Breuer’s Sundown Beach. Her other Broadway credits include The Price, Checking Out, Wit & Wisdom, Not for Children, Something More, and others.
The Laser Man actress received a Drama Desk Award nomination for the 1976 production of Pal Joey. She was also the recipient of a Drama Desk Award in 1981 for her work on The American Clock.
Joan Copeland started working on television in the early 1950s as a guest actress on several TV shows. She then appeared in many soap operas and was mostly known for her performance as Andrea Whiting on CBS' Search for Tomorrow.
The Brother Bear star was mostly remembered for her role as Judge Rebecca Stein on the NBC legal drama series Law & Order from 1993 to 1997.
Copeland made her film debut with The Goddess in 1958, which was directed by John Cromwell. The film was based on the life of a lonely girl who became a movie star and was loved by millions. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Following her appearance in The Goddess, she began playing secondary roles in other films like Happy New Year, The Peacemaker, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Middle of the Night, and more.
Public and popular personalities pay tribute to Joan Copeland on Twitter
Joan Copeland was always praised for her performances on stage and screen. Fans and other celebrities expressed their grief on Twitter when they heard about her death:
Copeland’s cause of death is still a mystery. People have reached out to her brother Arthur Miller’s estate for further information, although they have not yet commented on anything.