"Once you're typed, you're lost." said Joanne Dru (1922-1996). Remembered best as a western film heroine Dru in fact didn't particularly care for westerns. She also said, "And those long gingham dresses with boned bodices are miserable things to wear." Born in West Virginia, after the death of her father a druggist she moved to NYC with her mother to study dance finding work as a Powers model. Working in a nightclub chorus she was selected by Al Jolson for the chorus of his Broadway show "Hold Onto Your Hats." Meeting first husband band singer Dick Haymes she followed him to Hollywood. Her film debut was in the disastrous remake of "Abie's Irish Rose." Quickly forgotten she was pinned to a wagon in the Hawks classic "Red River" where she ultimately brings Wayne and Clift together. For Ford she was superb in both "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" again with Wayne and his own favourite from among his films "Wagon Master" as a travelling medicine show performer. "All the King's Men" with Crawford and second husband John Ireland was a hit and a highly acclaimed political corruption Oscar winner. Although she never topped these four in her career Dru remained a popular actress throughout the 50's. Staying often outdoors in "Vengeance Valley" with Lancaster, "Thunder Bay" with Stewart, "Hell on Frisco Bay" with Ladd and Robinson and Martin and Lewis' circus musical comedy "3 Ring Circus" her biggest hits. Out west in "Return of the Texan", "Drango", "The Wild and the Innocent", "The Siege at Red River" and Disney's "The Light of the Forrest" were all enjoyable but less potent. Rarely given a chance off of a saddle or out of a hoop skirt she was very effective in film noir's "Forbidden" and "711 Ocean Drive", in costumers "The Warriors", as Mary Magdalene in "Day of Triumph", comedies "My Pal Gus" and "Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell", the baseball bio "The Pride of St. Louis" and escaped unscathed from Liberace's bomb "Sincerely Yours." TV, even briefly in her own western series, stormy marriages, custody battles, on set scrapes with a Gabor and numerous rides into the sunset could not dim this star a favorite of Ford and Hawks the Director who first named her Joanne Dru.