A former model and stage actress, Joan Caulfield was blessed with milk-white skin and strikingly blond hair that made her a box-office favorite during Hollywood's Technicolor era during and after World War II.
She starred in two short-lived TV series, one as Liz Cooper, the harebrained wife of sedate banker Barry Nelson in "My Favorite Husband," which aired from 1953 to 1955, and the other as Sally Truesdale in "Sally," the 1957-58 situation comedy about a salesgirl who accompanies a wealthy and wacky widow on her jaunts around the world.
She also appeared in two television landmarks: the first live play, on Oct. 2, 1950, on the "Lux Video Theatre," and in W. Somerset Maugham's "A String of Beads," adapted for the small screen in a 1952 segment of the "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars."
On Broadway, a starring role in George Abbott's "Kiss and Tell" caught the attention of Paramount producer Buddy De Sylva, who brought her to Hollywood.
She was cast in two routine pictures, "Duffy's Tavern" in 1945 and "Miss Susie Slagle's" in 1946, before her big break.
In "Blue Skies," a 1946 all-star musical with songs and lyrics by Irving Berlin, she was romanced by two giants of the screen—Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
Caulfield followed that opposite another superstar, Bob Hope, in "Monsieur Beaucaire," then made "Dear Ruth," which marked William Holden's return to acting following service in World War II.
She did a sequel to "Dear Ruth" ("Dear Wife" in 1949); starred in "The Rains of Ranchipur" with Lana Turner, Fred MacMurray and Richard Burton; filmed "The Petty Girl" with Robert Cummings; and then began a gradual retreat from pictures and back to the stage.
Her last film was "Pony Express Rider" in 1976.