Where Is She Now: Joey Heatherton (Actress) - 1960's Superstar.
Name: Joey Heatherton
Born: September 14, 1944 in Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York
Claim To Fame: No info available.
Family Life: Married Lance Rentzel in 1969
and divorced in 1972
Father was veteran song-and-dance man Ray Heatherton (1909-1997)
Brother, Dick Heatherton, was a prominent radio disc jockey in New York, on CBS
FM in the seventies and eighties.
Info: Joey was a product of the
swinging 60's. She could sing, dance and act.
She appeared as an innocent type teen who developed a crush on Perry Como in his
TV show. From this she moved to films where she often played neurotic young
She eventually developed a hip, sulky, Lolita-like "sex kitten"
image, decked out in mini-skirts and go-go boots with frenetic dance moves.
Vegas came calling and she did very well there.
She toured many times with Bob Hope and the USO.
Troubles soon followed for Joey. In 1971, her marriage to pro football player
Lance Rentzel ended in scandal when he was arrested for indecent exposure in
front of a young girl. They divorced soon after this.
Joy's mounting problems with drugs (cocaine) became evident. She was arrested
multiple times for possession and the effects of her addiction started affecting
her mental faculties.
An eating disorder ravaged and nearly killed her.
Trivia: Joey Heatherton was the Mystery Guest on the November 7, 1965 edition of "What's My Line?" Long time panelist Dorothy Kilgallen, 52, was found dead just hours after the program aired live.
Where Is She Now: Joey tried a few comebacks, most notably, she was in John Waters' "Cry Baby", but never got back into the limelight.
Except for a few talk show appearances in the past 10 years, there has been no news about Joey. I was able to find a picture from about 8 years ago. You can see her before and after picture
on the site. I have provided a link after Joey's credits (below).