Joyce Bulifant Bio, Family, Spouse, Divorce, Net Worth, Movies

Joyce Bulifant is an American TV actress and a game show panelist known for her cheerful, girlish voice and her tongue in cheek comments to contestants.

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Joyce Bulifant Biography

Joyce Bulifant born as Joyce Collins Bulifant is an American TV actress and a game show panelist. She is best known for appearing on game shows such as Chain Reaction, Match Game, the Password Plus and The Bill Cosby Show.  She is notable for her cheerful, girlish voice and her tongue in cheek comments to contestants every now and then.

Joyce Bulifant
Joyce Bulifant

As an actress, she is known for Airplane! (1980), Dirty Love (2005) and American Playhouse (1981).

Joyce Bulifant Age

She was born on December 16, 1937 in Newport News, Virginia, U.S. She is 81 years old as of 2018.

Joyce Bulifant Family | Joyce Bulifant Husband | Joyce Bulifant Spouse

She was born in Newport News, Virginia and attended Solebury School in New Hope, Pennyslvania. She graduated in 1955 in the same class as her her first husband, James MacArthur. She lived only a short time after her birth in Newport News, where her father worked in the shipyard. Her parents divorced when she was young and she spent a lot of years in foster homes growing up.

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She was married 5 times. She was married to Roger Perry; they got married in 2002 and remained wed till his death in July 12, 2018. She got married to her first husband on November 2, 1958 and their marriage ended in divorce in 1967. Her second marriage was on September 19, 1969 with Edward Mallory, an American actor. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1974. She then married William Asher in August 1976 and their marriage ended in divorce in 1993 and in 2002, she got married Glade Bruce Hansen in 2000 and their short lived marriage ended in divorce in 2001.

Joyce Bulifant Children

She had two children with her first husband, Mary MacArthur and Charles MacArthur. With her second husband, she had a son whom they named John Mallory on January 13, 1971. John went on to become an actor.When she married William, her third husband, he adopted her son John and gave him his last name Asher.

Is Joyce Bulifant Still Alive

She is alive and healthy.

Joyce Bulifant Movies And TV Shows

Theatre

Year

Title

Character

1967

The Paisley Convertible

Amy Rodgers

1959

Tall Story

Nancy

Film

Year

Title

Character

2015

Tooken

2005

Dirty Love

Mary

1999

Diamonds

June

1980

Airplane!

Mrs. Davis

1967

The Happiest Millionaire

Rosemary

Television

Year

Title

Character

2001

Just Shoot Me!

Fantasia ‘Fanny’ Olivia Finch

1999

E! True Hollywood Story

Herself

1994–97

Weird Science

Emily Wallace

1987

American Playhouse

Miss Delahay

1985

The Facts of Life

Margaret

1982

Harper Valley PTA

Guest

1980

Chain Reaction

Herself

1980–81

Flo

Miriam Willoughby

1979

Turnabout

9 month’s expectant mother

The Bad News Bears

Alice

The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo

Guest

1979–80

Sport Billy

Sport Lilly/Queen Vanda

1979–81

Password Plus

Herself

1978

$20,000 Pyramid

Herself

Alice

Connie Raymond

1977

$20,000 Pyramid

Herself

Three’s Company

Mrs. Cross

1976

Police Story

Katie Pardnales

Big John, Little John

Marjorie Martin

1975–77

Match Game PM

Herself

1974

Tattletales

Herself

The Michele Lee Show

Gladys Gooch

Sierra

Shirley

Police Woman

Peggy Lakes

1973

Love Thy Neighbor

Peggy Wilson

Love, American Style

1973–82

Match Game

Herself

1971–77

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Marie Slaughter

1970

Bonanza

Bonnie

1969

Lancer

Cassie

1969–71

The Bill Cosby Show

Mrs. Patterson

1968

The Woody Woodbury Show

Herself

1966

Dr. Kildare

Judy Cannon

1964

The Virginian

Nancy Mayhew

Perry Mason

Nancy Banks

Arrest and Trial

Alice

Destry

Sheba Hannibal

Wagon Train

Julie

1964–65

Tom, Dick and Mary

Mary Gentry

1963

My Three Sons

Rebecca Holly

Empire

Betty Wormser

Perry Mason

Hollis Wilburn

The Real McCoys

Barbara

McHale’s Navy

Lt. Georgianna Comstock

1962

Thriller

Jinny Willis

General Electric Theater

Connie Duncan

Alcoa Premiere

Jenny Logan

Gunsmoke

Ellie

1961

The Play of the Week

Naked City

Connie Hacker

Joyce Bulifant Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $1.6 million.

Joyce Bulifant Match Game

She appeared as herself in the game show, Match Game, an American television panel game show that premiered on NBC in 1962 and was revived several times over the course of the next few decades. The game featured contestants trying to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions that are often formed as humorous double entedres (beginning in the CBS run), the object being to match answers given by celebrity panelists.

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Joyce Bulifant Interview

In Conversation With Actress and Author Joyce Bulifant

Source: bookpleasures.com

Norm: Good day Joyce and thanks for participating in our interview.

When did you know you wanted to become an actress, what was your training and do you specialize in any particular acting technique?

Joyce: Since I was a little girl. The only two things I ever wanted to do were to be an actress or a nurse. When you are an actress you get to be all kinds of characters. I did volunteer in the emergency room as a patient advocate. Aren’t I lucky…I have been able to follow all my dreams!

I was an apprentice in a professional summer stock theatre company for three years. I was just 14 years old when I started. I learned so much, lighting, sound, props, and played small roles. After high school I went straight to NYC to study at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I was trained in a more classical approach. In my technique, I try to rely on honesty and being in the moment. Sometimes in comedy there are tricks that you can use to get a laugh.

Norm: What do you consider to be your greatest success (or successes) so far in your acting career?

Joyce: Starring on Broadway, although my opening night flowers lasted longer than the run of the play. Dancing with Fred Astaire, and playing Molly Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown and dancing and singing in Disney film, The Happiest Millionaire.

My greatest success, I feel, has been the ability to make people laugh, even at my own expense and using that gift to help raise funds for children’s charities.

Norm: What has been your greatest challenge (professionally) that you’ve overcome in getting to where you’re at today?

Joyce: I’ve been so fortunate, right out of The American Academy I was in a Broadway play, under-studying the lead and playing a small role. In TV, I started off doing serious roles. Then I was in a comedy and from then on getting typed cast has prevented me from doing more complex roles.

This has been my challenge. Otherwise I have been working for 65 years as an actress.

Norm: How do you set about working on your roles and what motivates you to act?

Joyce: I look for things in the character that I can find in myself, sometimes that is difficult, especially if you don’t like your character and their behaviour. You have to find something that you DO like. You must understand your characters and learn to like them. I think I have always wanted to act, to be someone else for a while, to escape into a fantasy world of make-believe, to create another person.

Norm: How do you think acting has changed over the years?

Joyce: That’s a difficult question. In the theatre, not much change that I see. I adore the English performers they are all so well trained. In TV, the writing isn’t as good in comedies and that impacts the acting. It often feels forced and doesn’t come out of character. However, the dramatic shows are really quite good.

Norm: What effect do you hope to have on an audience when you act?

Joyce: Because I most often do comedy, I hope to make the audience laugh and have a good time.

Norm: What are the qualities in actors you most admire?

Joyce: Usually actors are sensitive and caring people.

Norm: Do you do any research before you undertake a role?

Joyce: If the role requires research, yes.

Norm: Have there any been any roles that you have turned down and were sorry for having turned them down?

Joyce: I turned down The Beverly Hillbillies because my agent said it would never go. But, if I had taken that role and not the role my agent wanted me to take, I wouldn’t have met my husband, Roger Perry.

Norm: What motivated you to write My Four Hollywood Husbandsand how did you decide you were ready to write the book?

Joyce: Oh MY, I wanted to share my story with others who are co-dependant and in alcoholic marriages. It’s my hope that my story will be helpful. I felt I was ready to write my story when I had to leave my third husband. It was a sad time.

Norm: Could you tell us a little about the book?

Joyce: It’s about my marriages to alcoholic men, my co-dependency and the effect it has had on my children. It is a story of love, a long lost love with a happy ending. The background of the book is the golden age of Hollywood and involves all the fascinating actors I‘ve met and worked with.

Norm: What’s the most difficult thing for you about writing your memoir?

Joyce: Reliving the sad parts.

Norm: Where can our readers find out more about you and My Four Hollywood Husbands?

Joyce: Go to 

Norm: Are you still acting and what is next for Joyce Bulifant?

Joyce: Yes, I am! I just finished a role in my son, John Asher’s film, I Hate Kids. I have also been performing in two one-woman shows, MY Life Upon the Wicked Stage and Remembering Helen Hayes with Love.

Norm: As this interview draws to a close what one question would you have liked me to ask you? Please share your answer. 

Joyce: My favourite quotes, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

and “What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God”.

Norm: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.

Joyce: And thank you so much!! Joyce

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