Joan Freeman was born on January 8, 1942 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. she appeared in her first film at the age of seven, and continued in minor film and television roles from then on. Freeman is known primarily for her roles in two musical films: Roustabout (1964) starring the king himself, and The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967) starring Roy Orbison. she made a number of television guest appearances from the 1950s to the 1980s, and her last film performance was as Mrs. Jarvis in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
in Roustabout - Elvis' 16th film and, as i see it, the one that marks the beginning of a serious decline in quality- Joan plays Elvis' love interest, Cathy, who helps run the roadside carnival which Elvis is stuck in until his motorcycle is fixed ('nother heavy plot :). the film is full of god awful novelty songs and obligatory karate chops, but still has a certain charm, rolled up in lines like “You could get a little closer. I give off a lot of body heat.”
shortly after Roustabout, Joan married Frank C. Beetson Jr., in Los Angeles. she and Beetson would divorce in 1967, and Joan would later marry formula-one driver turned director Bruce Kessler, to whom she is still married. the couple are avid sailors, frequently traveling the world in their boat, and were featured on an on-line boating site called TrawlerWorld.com.