‘Isis’ Star Joanna Cameron Dead at 70 After Stroke

by Jennifer Shea
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Actress Joanna Cameron, known for starring in “The Secrets of Isis,” has died at age 70 after suffering a stroke.

The actress appeared in the movies “How to Commit Marriage” and “Pretty Maids All in a Row” and on the television shows “Columbo” and “Marcus Welby, MD” before she landed the title role in “The Secrets of Isis.” She also acted in many commercials.

Cameron’s “Isis” co-star, Joanna Pang Atkins, posted the news of her death to Twitter.

“Sad to post that JoAnna Cameron ‘The Mighty Isis’ has flown to heaven,” Atkins tweeted Sunday. “She suffered a stroke and passed away from complications this past Friday. We shared the wonderful lasting experience of making ‘The Secrets of Isis’. May she RIP.”

Joanna Cameron Got Her Start Thanks to Bob Hope

In 1969, while Cameron was studying acting, she met Linda Hope, Bob Hope’s daughter. Linda convinced her to take a role in “How to Commit Marriage,” starring Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason.

That role led to others, as well as to Cameron’s first brush with Hollywood high society. During the 1970s, she attended events and parties populated by the likes of Groucho Marx, Anne and Kirk Douglas, Carol and Walter Matthau, Audrey and Billy Wilder, Sue Mengers, Warren Beatty and Leigh Taylor-Young.

In 1975, Cameron portrayed an archaeologist on “The Secrets of Isis.” The archaeologist, Andrea Thomas, finds an amulet that converts her into the superheroine goddess Isis. She uses it to go on adventures and fight the bad guys, per IMDb.

After ‘Isis,’ Cameron Moved on to New Projects

Cameron tackled new projects after “The Secrets of Isis” – but only five of them. Among those was Nicholas Hammond’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” per Comicbook.com. She retired in 1980. Her final acting role was in the 1980 made-for-TV movie “Swan Song.”

Cameron’s last film credit was her work as director and producer of “Blue Angels in Razor Sharp.” The documentary told the story of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight team.

After she left Hollywood, Cameron worked as a nurse and in marketing for hotel chains. She was perhaps prepared for the latter role by her prodigious commercial work, which she claimed at one point landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records for most appearances in TV commercials.

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