Me Jane, Dead At 92, Cheetah Survives

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Thursday, 23 July 2009


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The only actress to ever play Me Jane to two different Tarzans but only one monkey, Cheeta, Brenda Joyce, has died at the age of 92.

"I always was a one-monkey woman", she had stated in 1952.

Joyce, 92, passed July 4 at a Santa Monica nursing home. Sadly, the once sexy lady had suffered from dementia for a decade and was often seen swing from a light fixture, since she weighed only 75 pounds.

Brenda, 92, who was the blonde Jane, first went swinging with brawny Johnny Weissmuller in "Tarzan and the Amazons" after Maureen O'Sullivan supported the big ape through much of the Edgar Rice Burroughs' film series but quit after he was replaced by his half-brother, Edgar Rice Crispies.

Joyce, 92, had her last trip into the jungle a few weeks ago, running naked into some bushes behind the nursing, taking a pee and beating on here breasts or what was left of them.

Her last Tarzen movie was with Lex Barker in 1949's Tarzan's Magic Grapevine after he succeeded Jingleballs Johnny.

"We called Johnny Weissmuller "Jingleballs" because his balls kept falling out of his short outfit and that man had a pair, let me tell you. But nothing like Cheetah."

Brenda was born Betty Graftina Leabo on Feb. 25, 1917, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri and worked as a model before being discovered by 20th Century Fox in 1939.

"I was home supposing to help Mama hang out clothes when I was discovered hiding behind a big oak. That's where the 20th Century Fox found me, the sly devil.

In 1941, she married her college sweetheart and had three children before divorcing. A second marriage also ended in a long drawn out divorce. "There wasn't a Tarzen among them", she recalled in a 1988 interview. "Or even a Cheetah for that matter. Of course you'd have to get used to the smell."

One of Brenda's rare post 1940s appearances was as herself in two episodes on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in the 1970s, and half scared him to death. They never showed the episode because several kids had messed themselves.

"I just wore my Jane outfit and the top fell off."

Brenda Joyce, dead at 92. She is survived by Cheetah, now 72.

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