I miss seeing Joan Allen in my frock flicks. She hasn’t been in one since 2009’s Georgia O’Keefe, and in fact doesn’t seem to have done any credited screen work between 2016 and 2021! (She did a TV miniseries called Lisey’s Story last year with Julianne Moore and Clive Owen). I still remember being absolutely blown away by Joan’s performance in The Crucible. So, let me offer this Woman Candy Wednesday as an offering to the frock flicks gods: send us more Joan Allen!
A TV miniseries about a Polish girl who arrives in America in 1909. I think Allen plays her daughter.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
A modern woman is transported back to her senior year of high school in 1960. Allen plays one of her best friends, Maddy.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
A biopic about a man trying to market an incredibly safe car he has created in 1948. Allen plays his wife, Vera.
Ethan Frome (1993)
An adaptation of the 1911 novel by Edith Wharton, set in dreary New England, which I had many arguments about with my high school English teacher (I hated it and refused to analyze it). Allen plays the sickly wife of a man who falls in love with her cousin.
Allen plays former First Lady Pat Nixon, wife of President Richard Nixon, in this biopic.
The Crucible (1996)
The set-in-late-seventeenth-century-New England witchcraft play by Arthur Miller (1953) and really more about communism than witchcraft. Allen plays Elizabeth Proctor, a woman trying to save her philandering husband from accusations of witchcraft.
Two siblings are trapped in a 1950s TV show, set in a perfect town, but they help the residents come alive and “colored.” Joan plays Betty, one of the first townspeople to do so.
The Mists of Avalon (2001)
THIS BOOK WAS PIVOTAL TO MY YOUTH, but the TV miniseries sadly failed to live up to the source material. Okay, and maybe I was also a decade or two older. Someday I will slog through the whole thing just to rant about it! It’s a feminist/pagan retelling of the Arthurian myth. Allen plays Morgause, Arthur’s schemey half-sister.
Georgia O’Keeffe (2009)
A TV biopic about the modernist painter who worked in the American southwest.
Which is your favorite of Joan Allen’s frock flick performances?