aka Milly Scott ~ Owner of the General Store
Milly bought the store from Hattie
Birth name: Rose Marie Emma
Date of birth - August 18, 1929 ~ Geneva, Illinois
Date of Death - March 4, 2012 Joan Taylor
―Find A Grave
Joan Taylor was born Rose Marie Emma, August 18, 1929, Geneva, Illinois; Joan Taylor's mother, Amelia Berky, was a vaudeville singing-dancing star in the 1920s; her father was a prop man in Hollywood during that same period, but after Joan's birth the family moved to Lake Forest, Illinois, where her father managed a movie theater; she developed a love of movies from watching so many at her father's theater, and she graduated from the Chicago National Association of Dancing Masters.
Joan Taylor came to Hollywood in 1946 and appeared for four years in various plays at the Pasadena Playhouse, where she was spotted by Victor Jory playing the role of Regina in
Another Part of the Forest. Joan then joined Paramount as a member of that studio's "Golden Circle" of promising future stars, and was soon cast as an Indian girl in Fighting Man of the Plains with Randolph Scott and
The Savage with Charlton Heston. She then co-starred with Robert Stack in
War Paint and with Ann Blyth and Howard Keel in Rose Marie,
after which she played in Fort Yuma, and in all these pictures she portrayed and Indian girl. She went on to do other movies and TV shows. One of her most recognized movies was 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957). She joined
The Rifleman cast in 1960. After her two-year stint on
"The Rifleman," in 1962 she left the show to raise her children and moved to Hawaii with her husband, producer Leonard Freeman who created and produced
Hawaii Five-0. After his death, she later married prolific TV director Walter Grauman. She later starred in 1998 movie as a Tourist in the movie
Split. Joan had wrote and directed a short 1990 drama called Redlands. In 1997 she helped write a 1997 movie called Fools Rush In. In 2002 she helped write & teleplay for a TV movie called
Heart of a Stranger. Rumor has it that Joan is living in Santa Monica, California.
Joan was first introduced in
The Rifleman in 'Miss Milly'. Mark
Asked Lucas if he thought Milly was pretty. Lucas asked why. "I saw the way you looked at her",
said Mark. Loved this episode!
If Joan wouldn't have left the show in 1963, I wonder
where the series would have take Milly and Lucas. Even Mark knew Lucas thought of her like he did Margaret. He said so in Millie's Brother.
(Atta boy Mark!) I love Millie's Brother. This is my
favorite episode! Especially the part where
Lucas grabs Milly and kisses her, really kisses her! He then ask, "Who is the better man?"
Well, we all know the answer to that, don't we?
In the article from The Modesto
Bee from 1960 (see below) - Joan Taylor states that the producers had
interviewed nearly a hundred actresses before picking her. She also
states she was disappointed about an earlier role in The Rifleman
that she was considered for but didn't get. I assumed it was from 'The Visitor' - Ann Dodd, but it could have been
they were both from the season she mentions in the article. I'm not
sure how she would have done with the part of 'Nora.' But that is
what acting is all about.
Milly (Joan Taylor) was obviously the woman that
fanned Lucas' flames. Milly was definitely a welcome addition to the all-male cast of the series, a beautiful woman in her own right who fit in well with our heroes, Lucas, Mark and Micah. [this paragraph taken from
Chuck Connors.....The Man Behind the Rifle!
~ David Fury