"Days" paid tribute to Joy
at the end of the 2/19/93 episode.
speech at the Soap Opera Digest Awards, 1989.
Joy Garrett was one of the first cast members of "Days" to pass
away since I started watching the show in 1990. Since this was before my site
had began, I never had the chance to give her a proper farewell on the site, so
I thought it best to give tribute to her on the 20th anniversary of her
Here is her obituary from the Los Angeles Times of February 13,
Joy Garrett, who won repeated awards as the mother figure Jo
Johnson on the daytime soap opera "Days of Our Lives" over the past seven years,
has died. She was 47.
She died Thursday,
February 11 at UCLA Medical Center of liver failure. The Jo Johnson role
won her several awards as best supporting actress from Soap Opera People
Magazine and Soap Opera Digest. Miss Garrett earlier
appeared for one year as Boobsie Caswell on another daytime soap, "The Young and
the Restless." A native of Ft.
Worth, Joyce Irene Garrett was born on March 2, 1945. She was named Little Miss
Ft. Worth at age 4, and Miss Ft. Worth 13 years later. As a teenager she was
lead vocalist with the Ted Weems Orchestra for two years. Miss Garrett was
educated and was an honors graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and the
American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She began her career on Broadway,
where she starred as bad girl Betty Rizzo in "Grease" and appeared in "Inner
City" and "The Candy Apple." She also appeared in
several off-Broadway productions and starred in stock and touring companies in
such roles as Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls," Sybil in "Private Lives," and
Rosemary in "How to Succeed in Business." Moving to Hollywood,
she appeared in films including "Who?" with Trevor Howard and Elliott Gould, and
"Callie and Son" with Lindsay Wagner and Michelle Pfeiffer. But
her most successful medium proved to be television. In addition to the soaps,
she guest-starred on prime time series such as "Magnum P.I.," "Night Court,"
"Remington Steele," "Quincy," "Three's Company," "Charlie's Angels," and
recently, "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
Here's a few of
Joy's scenes as Jo Johnson:
Jo arrives in
(housekeeper of Neil Curtis) sings to Neil's daughter,
Jo chats with Neil and
Jo has a chat
with her son, Jack Deveraux.
Jo tells Jack
she'll always love him.
Jo and her three
children (Steve, Adrienne and Jack), along with Kayla, Justin and Jennifer, have
a family dinner & prayer.
As he nears
death, Steve says goodbye to Jo.
Jack visits Jo to
invite her to his wedding to Jennifer.
one of Joy's last episodes, Jo spends Christmas at the