Joan Severance is an American fashion model, film and television actress, as well as an interior designer. She is best known for her impressive career as an actress and the many films and TV series she has appeared in. Some notable films she has worked on include Lake Consequence which was released in 1993, Payback in 1995 and See No Evil, Hear No Evil which also starred Kevin Spacey.
Before her entry into the acting world, she had been a prolific fashion model with several magazine editorials and commercials to her name. As a fashion model, she has campaigned for many notable brands including Versace, Lóreal and Chanel. She is the author of the book, Manifest Your Mate: A Journal for Attraction.
Who Is Joan Severance? (Age)
Joan Severance (birth name Joan Marie Severance) was born on 23rd of December 1958 in Houston, Texas, to John and Martha Severance. Her father John Severance worked as a manager with IBM and often had to travel for work. According to Severance, her family had relocated to different parts of the globe over 10 times by the time she turned 11 years old. The last place her family lived abroad was Libya, however, they fled the country just before the 6-day war broke out.
On reaching the United States, the family settled in Houston, Texas. This was where Severance finally grew up and got enrolled in Westbury High School.
Around the time she turned 15, Severance started her fashion modelling career in a bid to raise funds to attend college as her ambition was to study to become a veterinarian. Her veterinarian dreams were never to come to pass as she was unable to afford the required fees. However, she got noticed by the photographer Alan Martin during a Miss Houston beauty contest in which she participated.
Martin, in turn, introduced her to John Casablancas who got her a deal with the modelling agency, Elite Modeling agency. Soon after she joined the agency, she was sent to Paris for a modelling assignment. It was during her time in Paris that she met Eric Milan who was to become her future husband.
While in France, Joan Severance was featured in a lot of magazines such as Vogue Paris and Sportswear International. Upon returning to the United States, her career had really taken off and so, she became one of the top ranking models and high in demand to television commercials. Joan Severance posed nude during her modelling years – her first nude shoot was for the cover of the January 1990 issue of the Playboy magazine. She also posed for the November 1992 issue. She has been featured in a host of other magazines as well.
A dear friend suggested that Joan Severance take up acting and in 1986, she started auditioning for acting roles. She successfully landed a minor role in the 1987 film Lethal Weapon. In 1989, Severance appeared in three films, she played the role of Eve in See No Evil, Hear No Evil, alongside Kevin Spacey and Richard Pryor; she also played the role of Samantha in No Holds Barred, and starred as Lizbette in Worth Winning.
In 1992, Joan Severance appeared in the films Illicit Behavior and Almost Pregnant. The following year, 1993, she featured in Lake Consequence and Red Shoe Dairies. Severance had a role in 1996’s Frequent Flyer and Profile for Murder. Several other films she has appeared in include Matter of Trust in 1998, The Last Seduction II in 1999, Mystery Woman in 2003, Last Sunset in 2006, Accidentally Engaged in 2016, among others.
The television series and shows Severance has appeared in include Wiseguy, CSI: Miami, American Horror Story: Asylum, One Tree Hill, and Wicked Wicked Games.
Joan Severance married model Eric Milan in 1977 and they were separated barely seven years later in 1984 with the reason for their divorce unknown to the media. She was also with Rom Gemar for a short period.
The 5 feet 7 inches tall actress has a net worth estimated at $6 million. She built her fortune over the years beginning with income from her fashion modelling career and television commercials. Also, her earnings from feature films and television series, as well as income from her interior designs, have all contributed to lifting her into the millionaire class.
Where Is Joan Severance Now?
In recent years, Joan Severance has become less active in her acting career, causing many fans to wonder what could be taking her away from acting. Well, she is still officially an actress, however, she appears to be dedicating her time to interior designing and home remodelling. In her spare time, the actress who now lives in Houston Texas loves to go horse riding, cook, read and write.