Joan Hotchkis dead at 95: The Odd Couple and Ode passes away due to congestive heart failure in LA

Joan Hotchkis dead at 95: The Odd Couple and Ode passes away due to congestive heart failure in LA

Joan Hotchkis dead at 95: The Odd Couple and Ode To Billie Joe actress passes away due to congestive heart failure in LA

  • The talented star passed away on September 27 due to congestive heart failure in Los Angeles her daughter Paula Chambers announced
  • She had a storied career in addition to the role on the iconic television show as she also starred in feature films including 1973’s Breezy and 1976’s Ode To Billy Joe 
  • Hotchkis later became a playwright, screenwriter, and feminist performance artist 
  • She had a recurring role on the first two seasons of The Odd Couple in 1971 as she portrayed Nancy Cunningham, the classy girlfriend of Jack Klugman’s slovenly sports writer character Oscar Madison 

Joan Hotchkis – who is best known for playing Oscar Madison’s girlfriend on The Odd Couple – has passed away at 95.

The talented star passed away on September 27 due to congestive heart failure in Los Angeles her daughter Paula Chambers announced.

She had a storied career in addition to the role on the iconic television show as she also starred in feature films including  1973’s Breezy and 1976’s Ode To Billy Joe.

Sad news: Joan Hotchkis (pictured in 1972) – who is best known for playing Oscar Madison’s girlfriend on The Odd Couple – has passed away at 95

Hotchkis later became a playwright, screenwriter, and feminist performance artist. 

She had a recurring role on the first two seasons of The Odd Couple in 1971 as she portrayed Nancy Cunningham, the classy girlfriend of Jack Klugman’s slovenly sports writer character Oscar Madison.

 The actress also starred in NBC comedy My World And Welcome To It from 1969 to 1970 in addition to sitcom The Life And Times Of Eddie Roberts in 1980.

Hotchkis went on to star in films including the aforementioned Breezy directed by Clint Eastwood.

Iconic: She had a recurring role on the first two seasons of The Odd Couple in 1971 as she portrayed Nancy Cunningham, the classy girlfriend of Jack Klugman's slovenly sports writer character Oscar Madison (pictured left as they are joined by Tony Randall in 1972)

Iconic: She had a recurring role on the first two seasons of The Odd Couple in 1971 as she portrayed Nancy Cunningham, the classy girlfriend of Jack Klugman’s slovenly sports writer character Oscar Madison (pictured left as they are joined by Tony Randall in 1972)

She wrote her first play – titled Legacy – in 1974 and later starred in the one-woman drama at Actors Studio West in Los Angeles.

She went on to adapt Legacy for a 1975 film adaptation  as she returned to star as Bissie Hapgood in the feature directed by Karen Arthur.

Along with Method acting teacher Eric Morris, she co-write classic acting handbook No Acting Please which was published in 1977. 

 Hotchkis did not have a very active acting career on screen after her 198- sitcom run as she had three guest starring roles on television and a smaller role in 1984 feature The Last Game.

Talented: The actress also starred in NBC comedy My World And Welcome To It from 1969 to 1970 in addition to sitcom The Life And Times Of Eddie Roberts in 1980, as she is seen with Klugman and Randal in 1971

Talented: The actress also starred in NBC comedy My World And Welcome To It from 1969 to 1970 in addition to sitcom The Life And Times Of Eddie Roberts in 1980, as she is seen with Klugman and Randal in 1971

She was born in Los Angeles back in September 1927 and later earned a B.A. in psychology from Smith College before earning a master’s in early childhood education from Bank Street College of Education.

However her career patch change as she auditioned for the leading role of Lizzie in The Rainmaker at the Players Ring theater in West Hollywood and got the part in 1954. 

Her daughter noted that she was ‘always interested in social justice, supporting progressive nonprofits and mentoring bright young women from underprivileged backgrounds’ and donations can be made to Highways Performance Space. 

Fantastic four: Janis Hansen, Joan Hotchkis, Fred Beir, Jack Klugman are seen pictured from left to right in an episode of The Odd Couple which aired in September 1971

Fantastic four: Janis Hansen, Joan Hotchkis, Fred Beir, Jack Klugman are seen pictured from left to right in an episode of The Odd Couple which aired in September 1971

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