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Fans of the golden age of Hollywood got some bad news this week with news that screen icon Joan Leslie had passed away.

Leslie, who most famously starred in the James Cagney film “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” had retreated from public life in recent years and died peacefully in Los Angeles, California.

Throughout the 1940’s, Leslie was one of the most well known leading ladies in Hollywood, playing alongside Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” Humphrey Bogart in “High Sierra” and Gary Cooper in “Sergeant York.”

After a string of Hollywood hits, Leslie married and retired from acting for much of the 20th century, though she did pop up in several TV programs in the 1970s.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Leslie lived out her days as an active member of her local church.

Joan Leslie was 90-years-old.

Douglas Barclay is a Senior Editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17
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