Joy Harmon: born May 1, 1940 in Flushing, New York, USA, on screen 1956 – 1972.
Young Dillinger (1965) with John Ashley and Mary Ann Mobley
One Way Wahine (1965)
Village of the Giants (1965) with Tommy Kirk and Gail Gilmore
Gidget (TV 1965)
Episode 2: ‘In God, and Nobody Else, We Trust’
Episode 6: ‘A Hearse, a Hearse, My Kingdom for a Hearse’
Aunt Joy’s Cakes began with Joy Harmon’s love for sweets and lifelong passion for baking. Before she was Aunt Joy, Joy Harmon was an actress in the sixties known for her ingénue style. She enjoyed bringing freshly baked goods for all of her co-workers, including Groucho Marx, who Joy Harmon appeared with on the television shows “You Bet Your Life” and “Tell It to Groucho.” She also acted in many films, such as “Village of the Giants” and “Angel in my Pocket,” but is most remembered for her role in the movie “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman and George Kennedy, who won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for the film. Joy Harmon plays a sexy, young woman who the men in the chain gang call Lucille. She drives the prisoners crazy as she seductively washes her car on a hot summer day. Although Joy Harmon’s legendary car wash scene lasted less than five minutes, it made history as one of the sexiest scenes in a motion picture.
Aunt Joy’s Cakes started in the kitchen of her home in California. The name originated when Joy Harmon began supplying cakes to her niece’s coffee shop. Whenever she made a delivery her niece would cheer, “Aunt Joy’s cakes are here!” Then Joy Harmon started supplying her desserts to Disney Studios, where her son worked and spread the word about his mom’s mouthwatering cakes and cookies. Her homemade desserts were becoming very popular, and Joy Harmon started supplying her baked goods to many more studios in the Los Angeles area. The demand for her delicious treats became too great for her to do alone in her kitchen, so now Joy Harmon is sharing her recipes and baking her secrets with her children. They are now running a wholesale bakery in Burbank, California specializing in cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and chocolate dipped strawberries.