Sloe-eyed brunette actress Joan Perry came from Florida to New York in the early '30s to pursue a career as a model. Perry was signed to a Columbia contract in 1935, appearing mostly in B-pictures, with such occasional B-plus assignments as Blind Alley (1939). She spent the last two years of her movie career at Warner Bros., where she was top-billed in Bullets for O'Hara (1941). In 1942, Perry retired from films upon her marriage to Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn, a union that endured until his death in 1958. Joan Perry's second husband was shoe magnate Harry Karl, who divorced her to wed actress Debbie Reynolds; in 1968, Perry married a third time, to British actor Laurence Harvey.