Joyce Bulifant | Biography

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  • Full Name Joyce Collins Bulifant
  • Occupation Actress, Director
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Newport News, Virginia
  • Birth Date Dec 16, 1937
  • Age 86 Years, 4 Months
American Actress

Joyce Bulifant | Biography

Released her memoir 'My Four Hollywood Husbands' in 2017

Bulifant won a 'Theatre World Award' for her performance in 'Take Her, She's Mine' in 1961-1962. In addition, she and her fifth husband, Roger Perry, received a 'Golden Palm Star' on the Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, California, in 2014.

Joyce Collins Bulifant is an actress who has appeared in films such as Airplane! (1980), and Dirty Love (2005).

Who is Joyce Bulifant?

Joyce Collins Bulifant is an American television and film actress and director. Her earliest role on television was as a dancer at Arthur Murray's Dance Party (1950-1960). She also played Timmie Barnes in Too Young to Go Steady (1959), Lois on It's a Man's World (1962-1963), Mary Gentry in Tom, and Dick and Mary (1964-1965). 

Subsequently, in the 1970s and the 1980s, Bulifant appeared in several notable TV shows. She played Marsha Patterson on The Bill Cosby Show (1969–71), Marie Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977), Peggy Wilson on Love Thy Neighbor (1973), Marjorie Martin on Big John, Little John (1976-1977), and Alice Wurlitzer on The Bad News Bears (1979-1980). In addition, she was heard as the voice of Queen Vanda on the syndicated cartoon series Sport Billy (1979-1980).

Bulifant also made guest appearances. In 1961, she appeared as Jessica in the episode 'Fraud' of Tales of Wells Fargo. She also played an intended murder victim in an episode of Thriller (An Attractive Family) in the same year. Bulifant then appeared on Perry Mason in the 1964 episode 'The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands,' where she played the innocent defendant Nancy Banks.

She also made an appearance on The Real McCoys in an episode in 1963. She would later play Miriam Willoughby on Flo, star in the film Airplane!, and play the mother of David Spade's character on Just Shoot Me!, among other guest roles. Bulifant also starred in Weird Science from 1994 to 1997 as Emily Wallace, the mother of her son Gary Wallace, played by John Asher.

Bulifant won a 'Theatre World Award' for her performance in Take HerShe's Mine in 1961-1962. In addition, she and her fifth husband, Roger Perry, received a 'Golden Palm Star' on the Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, California, in 2014.

In 2017, she published her memoir, 'My Four Hollywood Husbands,' which chronicles the alcoholism of four of her husbands and her rehabilitation from codependent relationships.

How Old is Joyce Bulifant?

Joyce Collins Bulifant was born on 16 December 1937 in Newport News, Virginia. As of November 2021, she is 83 years old and alive.

She went to Solebury School in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and graduated with her first husband, James MacArthur, in 1955. 


Bulifant has had five marriages. She had two children, Mary MacArthur and Charles MacArthur, with her first husband, James MacArthur (2 November 1958-1967). MacArthur was an American actor and the son of actress Helen Hayes and author Charles MacArthur.

Bulifant then married Days of Our Lives, actor Edward Mallory (19 September 1969–1974). The two had one child, John Mallory Asher.

After that, she married her third husband, William Asher 28 August 1976–1993), who adopted her son John and gave him the surname Asher. Bulifant then married her fourth husband, Glade Bruce Hansen, for a short time in 2000, but the couple split in 2001.

Is Joyce Bulifant Still Married?

In 2002, Bulifant married her fifth husband, Roger Perry, after divorcing his longtime wife, Jo Anne Worley. The pair were married until the death of Perry on 12 July 2018. As of 2021, Bulifant is not married.

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