Joanne Tree Winship, a film, stage and television actress who later became a journalist, died in New York City Aug. 20 following a long illness. She was 73, and had homes in Manhattan and Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy.
A native New Yorker, Winship began making films under the name Joanne Tree when she was 10. She worked for several studios and had featured juvenile roles in such films as “Mad About Music” (1938), “Cheers for Miss Bishop” (1941), “Girls School” (1938), “Nice Girl?” (1941), “First Love” (1939) and the Andy Hardy and Nancy Drew series.
As a teenager, Winship moved to Broadway, under contract to J.J. Shubert, and was a featured actress in many plays, including Maxwell Anderson’s 1946 “Truckline Cafe,” which brought Marlon Brando to the attention of theatergoers, “The Student Prince,” “Junior Miss,” “Counselor at Law,” “A Lady Says ‘Yes’ ” and national tours of “Oklahoma,” “Born Yesterday” and “Detective Story.” She also was active in television, appearing in “Broadway TV Theater,” “Robert Montgomery Presents,” “Medallion Theater,” “Studio One” and “Suspense.”
After her marriage to Frederick M. Winship, a senior editor with United Press Intl. and later its Broadway critic, Winship began a career in journalism writing profiles of American fashion designers for the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall programs. She covered seasonal fashion shows for UPI and the Associated Press, and was a life-style feature writer for the New York Post.
Winship served as the American chairperson of Girls Town of Italy and organized fashion shows in New York of top European designers — such as Gianni Versace, Zandra Rhodes and Valentino — as fundraisers for the organization. She is survived by her husband.