Joan Severance (born December 23, 1958) is an American actress and
former fashion model.
Born in Houston, Texas, Joan's family moved often while she was growing up. The family had to leave Libya during the Six Day War in 1967. They moved back to Houston where she attended Westbury High School and, at the age of 15, started modeling to make money for college.
Joan Severance's ambition was to become a veterinarian although she failed to
make enough money for tuition. She was then hired by the Elite modeling agency
which allowed her to travel again.
In the late 1980s Severance used her modeling success to start an acting career, making her debut in a small role in the first Lethal Weapon film in 1987. She usually takes the femme fatale roles in lower budget horror and murder mystery movies, most notably Lake Consequence (1993), Criminal Passion (1994) and Payback (1995). She memorably featured alongside Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in the 1989 comedy See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and as Hulk Hogan's love interest, Samantha N. Moore, in the wrestling film No Holds Barred (1989).
Joan Severance had leading roles in Roger Corman's Black Scorpion (1995) (she
later starred in and co-produced a sequel, Black Scorpion II: Aftershock
(1997)), and The Last Seduction 2 (1999).
Her most notable role is as a villainess on the TV series Wiseguy, where she played half of a brother/sister crime team (the other half was played by Kevin Spacey) to great acclaim. Their partnership was reprised in See No Evil, Hear No Evil. In the early 1990s, Severance appeared as Samantha "Sam" Dooley, the Martian Belle, in several training videos for Virtual World Entertainment alongside other actors such as Cheech Marin, "Weird Al" Yankovic, R. Lee Ermey, and Judge Reinhold.
Joan Severance is currently appearing in the My Network TV telenovela Wicked
Joan Severance also appeared in several music videos including Roxy Music's "Flesh + Blood" and "My Only Love" and the Scorpions' video for the song, "Rhythm of Love".
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