Natalie Joyce

Natalie Joyce

Actress Natalie Joyce was Olive's first cousin. Their mothers, Sibbie Shields Borden and Elizabeth Shields Johnson, were sisters. Natalie was born Natalie Marie Johnson on November 6, 1902 in Norfolk, Virginia. She was one of eight children and her family moved to Pennsylvania when she was young. At the age of eighteen Natalie moved to New York City to become an actress. She danced in the Ziegfeld Follies and was offered a movie contract at Christie Studios. Natalie played vamps in comedies like Savage Love and Take Your Choice. Olive and her mother Sibbie lived with Natalie when they moved to Hollywood. In 1925 Natalie and Olive were both chosen to be WAMPAS "Baby Stars". They also worked together in the melodrama Dance Hall. Natalie was signed by 20th Century Fox and given the lead role in the Western Whispering Sage.



She costarred with Tom Mix in The Circus Ace and with Marie Prevost in A Girl In Every Port. By 1930 her career has stalled and she was appearing in low budget films. Natalie claimed that she never got any good roles because she would not sleep with the producers. She said "I'll never get anywhere in this business. I won't put out!." Natalie quit acting and opened a beauty salon in Honolulu, Hawaii. She married aviator William Morris Pryce on January 21, 1933. The couple moved to Texas where Natalie worked as a bookkeeper. They had one son named Michael. After leaving Hollywood Natalie lost touch with Olive. When asked about her many years later Natalie said "She was really something there for a while." Natalie and her husband spent their later years San Diego, California. She died on November 9, 1992 at the age of ninety. Her husband William died four months later.

With Olive in Dance Hall