A veteran actress, Elaine Joyce is one of those professionals whose energy never seems to run out. After coming into the industry as a teenager in 1961, the indefatigable American veteran is still waxing strong and will soon be celebrating the 60th anniversary of her eventful career life.
Apart from her career across film, TV, and Broadway, Elaine’s personal life has equally been quite eventful. She has so far lived through three marriages and only one ended in a divorce. What happened to the rest then? Read on to get details, not only on her uniquely embattled married life but also on her entire life and career.
She was born as Elaine Joyce Pinchot on December 19, 1943, in Kansas City Missouri. Her father is named Frank Pinchot while her mother is Iliclina (also Nagy). She was raised in Kansas City together with her brother, Frank Pinchot. The family descends from Hungary.
We do not have further details of Elaine’s early life and educational background. What we do know is that she has a career life that kicked off before her 16th birthday. In other words, she had a somewhat early start.
Elaine Joyce’s Career Achievements
After her first role as ‘Hotsie’ in the 1961 romantic musical drama film West Side Story, she made her TV debut in an episode of the CBS TV drama Route 66 in 1962. This was followed by a series of uncredited roles in musical films such as The Music Man (1962); Bye Bye Birdie (1963) and Funny Girl (1968). She also appeared as a dancer in an episode of CBS’s The Danny Kaye Show in 1965. Later in the 1960s, she also appeared in 4 episodes of Richard Bernard Eheart’s comedy/variety program, The Red Skelton Show, airing on CBS.
In 1971, Elaine Joyce had credited roles in the comedy films Such Good Friends (as Marian) and How to Frame a Figg (as Ema). The following year (1972), she received her first Broadway role in Sugar, a musical remake of Marilyn Munroe’s 1959 romantic comedy film, Some Like It Hot.
At the turn of the decade in 1980, Elaine Joyce also acted as Edith Olsen in Motel Hell, a horror-comedy. In 1986, she followed it up with another horror film Trick or Treat where she acted as Angie Weinbauer. Between 1986 and 1987, the actress hosted the first season of The All-New Dating Game (a syndicated version of ABC’s The New Dating Game). Through the 1980s, Elaine was in a series of TV shows such as Magnum P.I. (1983); Too Close For Comfort (1985); Simon & Simon (1984–1985); Murder, She Wrote (1984–1993); and Mr. Merlin (1981–1982).
In 1993, the actress portrayed the role of ‘Paula Hammond’ in 3 episodes of NBC’s daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. That same year, she also acted as ‘Suzanne’ in an episode of CBS’s hit soap opera, The Young and the Restless. Between 1995 and 1996, Elaine also filled a recurring role as Candace, appearing in 4 episodes of the FOX teen drama series Beverly Hills, 90210.
Apart from her copious acting roles, Elaine Joyce has equally been in a number of talk shows and game shows, either as a panelist or a host. Her talk show appearances include The Andy Griffith Show (1967), The Mike Douglas Show (1974–1980), and The Carol Burnett Show (1969). As for game shows, she has appeared on I’ve Got a Secret (1976), Tattletales (1974–1975), The $10000 Pyramid (1978–1986), Super Password (1985–1986), What’s My Line? (1968, 1973–1975), and Match Game (1973–1979).
As already said, Elaine Joyce, in 1972 received her first Broadway role in the stage musical Sugar. This role earned her a Theatre World Award. Other awards she may have won are not known to us at this time.
Elaine Joyce’s Husband And Children
As already hinted, Elaine Joyce has been married three times in her life. She was first married to the Broadway musical actor Robert Jack Stein (popularly known as Bobby Van). Starting from 1968, that marriage lasted until 1980 when Bobby Van died of brain cancer. Five years after Van’s death, Elaine hooked up with the TV producer John Levoff in a marriage that lasted from 1985 to 1992, ending in a divorce. Seven years later, in September 1999, Elaine married the famous playwright, screenwriter and author Neil Simon. Her third marriage was relatively successful but sadly, her husband Neil died on August 26, 2018.
Elaine Joyce has a daughter named Taylor with Bobby Van. Taylor was born on June 22, 1976. She also has a son named Michael with John Levoff. Michael was born sometime in 1986.
Height and Body Features
Elaine Joyce stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (166cm or 1.66m) and weighs 123lb or 63kg on the average. With a bra size of 38B (US) or 85B (EU), her bust-waist-hips measure 33-24-35 (in inches) or 84-63-89 (in cm). She has blue eyes and blonde hair.