July 22, 1963
The eldest of six children, Joanna Going graduated from Rogers High School, class of 1981. She mixed with the Newport music crowd and watched Kirsten Hersh of Throwing Muses grow up. (Her brother is the father of Kirsten's oldest son.) She also dated Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. She entered Emerson College in Boston, then left after two years to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. A year later, she made her television debut on "Search for Tomorrow" when she was cast out of 400 contenders as ingenue Evie Stone.
Joanna Going went on to join "Another World", where she remained for two years in the part of Lisa Grady. She then starred as a prime-time series regular opposite Ben Cross in "Dark Shadows", playing the dual role of Victoria Winters and Josette
Dupres. Joanna also appeared as a guest star in a "Columbo" episode, and in the series "Going to Extremes".
She was featured in "Children of the Dust", a mini-series for CBS starring Sidney Poitier. After her eight years or so doing TV work she appeared in "Wyatt Earp". That was followed by two more minor roles in major films, "How To Make An American Quilt", and Oliver Stone's "Nixon". She then appeared in a major part in the independent feature "Keys To Tulsa" with Mary Tyler Moore, Eric Stoltz, and James Spader. The same year she had another minor part in "Commandments". She also had major parts in five feature films, including Howard Goldberg's "Eden", which was in the dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
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