Joan Benedict Steiger discusses and signs "Brooklyn Baby"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Joan Benedict Steiger to the store to discuss her new memoir, Brooklyn Baby, on Sunday, June 12th at 3:00pm.
“I’m still learning after all these years,” says Joan Benedict Steiger. Even after a prolific career spanning stage, screen, and television – and inspiring romances with three devoted men – the veteran actress still finds each role a new challenge to experience and new terrain to explore.
A dancer from childhood, Joan forged a career in show business as an actress in the early days of television, where she made notable appearances on shows like the original Candid Camera and The Steve Allen Show. Dozens of television and film appearances later, including memorable stints on General Hospital and Days of Our Lives, she’s still dedicated to all facets of her craft, having appeared in numerous stage productions, from the classics to modern comedies to her acclaimed solo shows.
Off-screen, Joan’s life has been equally charmed. Her first husband was stage veteran John Myhers, with whom Joan spent thirty years before his passing. Then, Joan was reunited with Academy Award-winning actor Rod Steiger; the two had known each other when Joan was a star-struck ingénue and Steiger the industry’s hottest young performer. Decades later, their romance was rekindled, and the couple married, working together and supporting each other until the actor’s death in 2002. Then Joan fell in love with veteran television actor Jeremy Slate, and the two spent several years together before his death. “They all passed away from different forms of cancer, so it’s bittersweet,” says a pensive Joan today. “But they were three of the greatest guys in the world.”
Brooklyn Baby is a Hollywood insider’s amazing journey through love, loss, and laughter. Her fascinating story is filled with some of the highest highs and lowest lows that life can offer. It's a fascinating story guaranteed to inspire its readers and challenge all of us to follow our dreams. Remembering the past with no regrets, she looks forward to a future of even more accomplishment.
Joan Benedict Steiger was born in Brooklyn, New York and became a performer at an early age studying ballet and tap dancing at seven. At the age of fifteen, Joan started honing her acting craft and went on to major in drama and speech at Hofstra University. Joan is passionate about the stage and has starred off-Broadway in addition to regional theater. Her versatility as an actress is evident in the dramatic and comedic roles she has played in film, television and on stage. Today, Joan immerses herself in every acting opportunity, including an appearance on Fox’s Dollhouse, a starring role in the feature Dead Border, and upcoming roles in the films Opus To An Angel and the action/comedy Thou Shalt Not Steal. She recently was awarded the Eternity Award for lifetime achievements that have made a lasting contribution to the world of theater at the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival.
Photo Credit- Roxanne McCann Lowres