Seattle Center Monorail
The Seattle Center Monorail is an elevated monorail line in Seattle, that operates along Fifth Avenue between Seattle Center in Lower Queen Anne and Westlake Center in Downtown. Seattle Center Monorail is a transit route with a top speed of 45 mph. Owned by the City of Seattle, the line has operated by private contractor Seattle Monorail Services since 1994. It was given landmark status by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board April 16,2003. The monorail, which cost $3.5 million to build, opened on March 24,1962 for the Century 21 Exposition, eight million people rode the monorail during the half year the fair was open, annual ridership is around 2 million. The line and its trains were built by Alweg Rapid Transit Systems, the south end of the line was a large station over Pine Street at Westlake Avenue that formed a lid over the street and a portion of Westlake Park. In 1988, the station was moved north a block with the construction of the Westlake Center shopping mall on what had been the right-of-way of Westlake Avenue.
The Westlake station of the monorail has an elevator down to the Westlake Station of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, a stop for the Central Link light rail line, Westlake Center is near the southern terminus of the South Lake Union Streetcar and numerous surface bus routes. At the northern end of the line, the Museum of Pop Culture building was designed so that the passes through it on its way to the terminal. The Seattle Center Monorail is operated by a contractor, Seattle Monorail Services. Operating profits, which can be as much as $750,000 per year, are split between the City and SMS, service operates daily, and trains depart every 10 minutes from the station at Seattle Center en route to Westlake Center Mall, at Fifth and Pine Street. Each trip takes two minutes to cover the approximately one-mile route, every train can carry up to 450 passengers per trip. The monorail provides two-train service during special events and activities, with every five minutes or less. Roundtrip fares are twice the price of a fare, while children four.
The line consists of two tracks with one train riding each track. The fleet consists of two constructed by Alweg in 1961. These original trains are still in service and have served the line since its opening in 1962, each train is powered by four 750 Hp DC Motors running at 700V and typically drawing up to 700 amps. The motors are controlled by a motor controller that adjusts the position of the motors
The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 Worlds Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, it is 605 ft high,138 ft wide, and weighs 9,550 tons. It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude and it has 25 lightning rods. It has a deck at 520 ft and the rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 ft. The downtown Seattle skyline, as well as the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay, photographs of the Seattle skyline often show the Space Needle prominently, above skyscrapers and Mount Rainier. Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle by elevators that travel at 10 miles per hour, on windy days, the elevators slow to 5 miles per hour. On April 19,1999, the citys Landmarks Preservation Board designated it a historic landmark, the architecture of the Space Needle is the result of a compromise between the designs of two men, Edward E.
Carlson and John Graham, Jr. The two leading ideas for the World Fair involved businessman Edward E. Carlsons sketch of a giant balloon tethered to the ground, victor Steinbrueck introduced the hourglass profile of the tower. The Space Needle was built to withstand wind speeds of 200 mph, the Mw 6.8 Nisqually earthquake jolted the Needle enough in 2001 for water to slosh out of the toilets in the restrooms. The Space Needle will not sustain structural damage during earthquakes of magnitudes below 9. Also made to withstand Category 5 hurricane-force winds, the Space Needle sways only 1 inch per 10 mph of wind speed. For decades, the disk of the Space Needle was home to two restaurants 500 ft above the ground, the Space Needle Restaurant, which was originally named Eye of the Needle. These were closed in 2000 to make way for SkyCity, a restaurant that features Pacific Northwest cuisine. It rotates 360 degrees in exactly forty-seven minutes, in 1993, the elevators were replaced with new computerized versions.
The new elevators descend at a rate of 10 miles per hour, on December 31,1999, a powerful beam of light was unveiled for the first time. Called the Legacy Light or Skybeam, it is powered by lamps that total 85 million candela shining skyward from the top of the Space Needle to honor national holidays and special occasions in Seattle. The concept of this beam was derived from the official 1962 Worlds Fair poster and it is somewhat controversial because of the light pollution it creates. Originally planned to be turned on 75 nights per year, it has generally been used fewer than a dozen times per year
The Internet Archive launched the Wayback Machine in October 2001. It was set up by Brewster Kahle and Bruce Gilliat, and is maintained with content from Alexa Internet, the service enables users to see archived versions of web pages across time, which the archive calls a three dimensional index. Since 1996, the Wayback Machine has been archiving cached pages of websites onto its large cluster of Linux nodes and it revisits sites every few weeks or months and archives a new version. Sites can be captured on the fly by visitors who enter the sites URL into a search box, the intent is to capture and archive content that otherwise would be lost whenever a site is changed or closed down. The overall vision of the machines creators is to archive the entire Internet, the name Wayback Machine was chosen as a reference to the WABAC machine, a time-traveling device used by the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, an animated cartoon. These crawlers respect the robots exclusion standard for websites whose owners opt for them not to appear in search results or be cached, to overcome inconsistencies in partially cached websites, Archive-It.
Information had been kept on digital tape for five years, with Kahle occasionally allowing researchers, when the archive reached its fifth anniversary, it was unveiled and opened to the public in a ceremony at the University of California, Berkeley. Snapshots usually become more than six months after they are archived or, in some cases, even later. The frequency of snapshots is variable, so not all tracked website updates are recorded, Sometimes there are intervals of several weeks or years between snapshots. After August 2008 sites had to be listed on the Open Directory in order to be included. As of 2009, the Wayback Machine contained approximately three petabytes of data and was growing at a rate of 100 terabytes each month, the growth rate reported in 2003 was 12 terabytes/month, the data is stored on PetaBox rack systems manufactured by Capricorn Technologies. In 2009, the Internet Archive migrated its customized storage architecture to Sun Open Storage, in 2011 a new, improved version of the Wayback Machine, with an updated interface and fresher index of archived content, was made available for public testing.
The index driving the classic Wayback Machine only has a bit of material past 2008. In January 2013, the company announced a ground-breaking milestone of 240 billion URLs, in October 2013, the company announced the Save a Page feature which allows any Internet user to archive the contents of a URL. This became a threat of abuse by the service for hosting malicious binaries, as of December 2014, the Wayback Machine contained almost nine petabytes of data and was growing at a rate of about 20 terabytes each week. Between October 2013 and March 2015 the websites global Alexa rank changed from 162 to 208, in a 2009 case, Netbula, LLC v. Chordiant Software Inc. defendant Chordiant filed a motion to compel Netbula to disable the robots. Netbula objected to the motion on the ground that defendants were asking to alter Netbulas website, in an October 2004 case, Telewizja Polska USA, Inc. v. Echostar Satellite, No.02 C3293,65 Fed. 673, a litigant attempted to use the Wayback Machine archives as a source of admissible evidence, Telewizja Polska is the provider of TVP Polonia and EchoStar operates the Dish Network
Variety is a weekly American entertainment trade magazine and website owned by Penske Media Corporation. The last daily printed edition was put out on March 19,2013, Variety originally reported on theater and vaudeville. Variety has been published since December 16,1905, when it was launched by Sime Silverman as a weekly periodical covering vaudeville with its headquarters in New York City, on January 19,1907, Variety published what is considered the first film review in history. In 1933, Sime Silverman launched Daily Variety, based in Hollywood, Sime Silverman had passed on the editorship of the Weekly Variety to Abel Green as his replacement in 1931, he remained as publisher until his death in 1933 soon after launching the Daily. His son Sidne Silverman, known as Skigie, succeeded him as publisher of both publications, both Sidne and his wife, stage actress Marie Saxon, died of tuberculosis. Their only son Syd Silverman, born 1932, was the heir to what was Variety Inc. Young Syds legal guardian Harold Erichs oversaw Variety Inc.
until 1956, after that date Syd Silverman was publisher of both the Weekly Variety in New York and the Daily Variety in Hollywood, until the sale of both papers in 1987 to the Cahners Corp. In L. A. the Daily was edited by Tom Pryor from 1959 until 1988, for twenty years its editor-in-chief was Peter Bart, originally only of the weekly New York edition, with Michael Silverman running the Daily in Hollywood. Bart had worked previously at Paramount Pictures and The New York Times, in April 2009, Bart moved to the position of vice president and editorial director, characterized online as Boffo No More, Bart Up and Out at Variety. From mid 2009 to 2013, Timothy M. Gray oversaw the publication as Editor-in-Chief, after over 30 years of various reporter, in October 2014, Eller and Wallenstein were upped to Co-Editors in Chief, with Littleton continuing to oversee the trades television coverage. This dissemination comes in the form of columns, news stories, video, Cahners Publishing purchased Variety from the Silverman family in 1987.
On December 7,1988, Barts predecessor, Roger Watkins, upon its launch, the new-look Variety measured one inch shorter with a washed-out color on the front. In October 2012, Reed Business Information, the periodicals owner, PMC is the owner of Deadline. com, which since the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike has been considered Varietys largest competitor in online showbiz news. In October,2012, Jay Penske announced that the paywall would come down, the print publication would stay. A significant portion of the advertising revenue comes during the film-award season leading up to the Academy Awards. During this Awards Season, large numbers of colorful, full-page For Your Consideration advertisements inflate the size of Variety to double or triple its usual page count, paid circulation for the weekly Variety magazine in 2013 was 40,000. Each copy of each Variety issue is read by an average of three people, with a total readership of 120,000. Variety. com has 17 million unique monthly visitors, Variety is a weekly entertainment publication with a broad coverage of movies, theater and technology, written for entertainment executives
Joseph Ruttenberg, A. S. C. was a Russian-born American photojournalist and cinematographer. At MGM, Ruttenberg was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography ten times, in addition, he won the 1954 Golden Globe Award for his camera work on the film Brigadoon. Born into a Jewish family in St. Petersburg, Joseph Ruttenberg was ten years old when his family emigrated to the United States, settling in Boston, Massachusetts. As a young man he went to work at the Boston Globe newspaper as a photojournalist, two years he was behind the camera for his first silent film--The Painted Madonna --in what would be a remarkably successful career. In the late 1920s Ruttenberg went to work for Paramount Pictures in New York and his first talkie assignment was The Struggle, D. W. Griffiths final film. Then in 1934 Ruttenberg signed on with MGM, moving to Hollywood where he was invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers, Joseph Ruttenberg retired from MGM in 1968 and died in Los Angeles on May 1,1983.
Sound-Stage Sea Saga, in American Cinematographer, April 1960, seminar in American Cinematographer, July 1975. In Dance in the Hollywood Musical, by Jerome Delamater, Ann Arbor, Joseph Ruttenberg at the Internet Movie Database Joseph Ruttenberg at AllMovie Joseph Ruttenberg at the TCM Movie Database
The Wilburton Trestle is an historic wooden railway trestle in Bellevue, Washington. Measuring 102 feet high and 975 feet long, it is the longest wooden trestle in the Pacific Northwest, the trestle carries a single track of the BNSF Railways Woodinville Subdivision line over a valley that used to be an extension of Lake Washington. The line runs approximately 40 miles from Renton in the south to Snohomish in the north, before the abandonment of the rail line by BNSF, freight trains ran six days a week, including those carrying Boeings aircraft fuselages to its assembly plant in Renton. It was used daily by the popular Spirit of Washington Dinner Train, the trestle was originally completed in 1904 as part of the Northern Pacific Railways Lake Washington Belt Line from Black River Junction to Woodinville. It was subsequently rebuilt four times, in 1913,1924,1934. In 1974, a road, the Lake Hills Connector, was cut through the trestle, replacing a section with a concrete. Wilburton Trestle saw its last regularly scheduled trains in July 1922.
Several Casey Jones excursion trains crossed the trestle in the 1950s and 1960s, the trestle is a distinctive landmark noticed by travelers on Interstate 405 through Bellevue. Wilburton Trestle should not be confused with Wilburton Tunnel, which was a tunnel for the lanes of I-405 under the railroad. The tunnel was located about a mile south of the trestle prior to its demolition on August 16,2008 for freeway improvement. Virtual Tour of Wilburton Trestle at VR Seattle
Boeing-Stearman Model 75
The Stearman Model 75 is a biplane used as a military trainer aircraft, of which at least 10,626 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. Stearman Aircraft became a subsidiary of Boeing in 1934, after the conflict was over, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold on the civilian market. In the immediate postwar years they became popular as crop dusters, sports planes, the Kaydet was a conventional biplane of rugged construction with large, fixed tailwheel undercarriage, and accommodation for the student and instructor in open cockpits in tandem. The radial engine was usually uncowled, although some Stearman operators choose to cowl the engine, after World War II, the thousands of primary trainer PT-17 Stearman planes were auctioned off to civilians and former pilots. Many were modified for cropdusting use, with a hopper for pesticide or fertilizer fitted in place of the front cockpit, additional equipment included pumps, spray bars, and nozzles mounted below the lower wings.
A popular approved modification to increase the maximum weight and climb performance involved fitting a larger Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior engine. An iconic movie image is a Stearman cropduster chasing Cary Grant across a field in North by Northwest, christopher Reeve and Scott Wilson are shown flying 1936 variants in the 1985 movie The Aviator. The U. S. Army Air Forces Kaydet had three different designations based on its power plant, PT-13 with a Lycoming R-680 engine, pT-13C Six PT-13Bs modified for instrument flying. PT-13D PT-13As equipped with the R-680-17 engine, PT-17 With a Continental R-670-5 engine. 3,519 delivered PT-17A18 PT-17s were equipped with blind-flying instrumentation, pT-17B Three PT-17s were equipped with agricultural spraying equipment for pest-control. PT-18 PT-13 with a Jacobs R-755 engine,150 built, pT-18A Six PT-18s fitted with blind-flying instrumentation. This designation was given to 300 aircraft supplied under Lend-Lease to the RCAF, the U. S. Navy had several versions including, NS Up to 61 delivered.
Powered by surplus 220 hp Wright J-5 Whirlwind, N2S Known colloquially as the Yellow Peril from its overall-yellow paint scheme. 250 delivered to the U. S. Navy,125 delivered to the U. S. Navy. 1,875 delivered to the U. S. Navy, n2S-499 US Army aircraft diverted to the U. S. Navy, plus 577 new-build aircraft. 1,450 delivered to the U. S. Navy, Stearman 70 Original prototype, powered by 215 hp Lycoming radial engine. 61 built for U. S. Navy as NS plus export variants, Model 73L3 Version for Philippines, powered by 200 hp R-680-4 or R-680C1 engines. Model A73B1 Seven aircraft for Cuban Air Force powered by 235 hp Wright R-790 Whirlwind, Model A73L3 Improved version for Philippines
Originally built for the 1962 Worlds Fair, the 74-acre Seattle Center is an arts, educational and entertainment center in Seattle. Its landmark feature is the 605-foot tall Space Needle, a building that was, at its completion. Seattle Center is located just north of Belltown in the Uptown neighborhood, an unparalleled public gathering place, unique in the world, the 74-acre Seattle Center campus offers 40 acres of open space. It provides a home for over 30 cultural and entertainment entities – and it provides rental spaces for a spectrum of commercial and community functions and serves as the largest live touring concert venue in the city. Seattle Center counted over 2.2 million visitors in 2016, International Fountain, located in the middle of the campus, operates all year round. Built for the 1962 Worlds Fair, the fountain was built as a modernist water sculpture, with over 20 spouts, the fountain goes through programmed cycles of shooting water patterns, accompanied by recorded world music.
The music is changed twice a month, chosen to coordinate with the water patterns, before the 1962 Worlds Fair, the building was an armory. Seattle Center Armory is a city landmark. The large, flexible space can accommodate a range of commercial. The outdoor Mural Amphitheatre, featuring a mural by Paul Horiuchi. The Northwest Rooms, once a small center, now houses SIFF Film Center, The VERA Project. Seattle Center Skatepark aka Sea Sk8 Park, at the entrance at Thomas St. a piece of the Berlin Wall stands inconspicuously in the Seattle Center Armory Food Atrium. Seattle Center Productions, the programming arm of Seattle Center, presents over 500 free and affordable events throughout the year. The programming helps SCP to live into its mission to present programs and environments filled with art and enrichment for all people. KEXP and Seattle Present Center Concerts at the Mural, the series, on Friday evenings in August,2017 marks the 10th year of the series, which offers free, all-ages shows tailored to the culturally curious who seek to discover the best of the area’s independent music scene.
Seattle Center Armory transforms into a lively, colorful hub of child-sized entertainment during the spring school break period. Offers a variety of rides, balloon artists, face painters, caricaturists, an assortment of Student Showcases. Whirligig. is suitable for children 12 and under, a Toddler’s Zone is available
Benjamin Jerome Ben Cayetano was the 5th Governor of the State of Hawaii from 1994 to 2002. He is the first Filipino American to serve as a governor in the United States. Born in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, Cayetano was estranged from his mother at a young age, Cayetano was raised by his father in Kalihi, an ethnic Filipino neighborhood west of Downtown Honolulu. He would grow up as a latchkey child, in Kalihi, he attended Wallace Rider Farrington High School, a public school aptly known locally as Home of the Governors as its buildings were named after several early Hawaiʻi statesmen. The school was only a few blocks from his home, Cayetano received poor grades throughout his years at Farrington and was often disciplined by his teachers and counselors. He barely made marks qualifying him to graduate, upon graduation Cayetano married Lorraine Gueco, his high school sweetheart. After the birth of his son Brandon in 1959, he worked a variety of jobs, such as a metal-packer in a junkyard, truck driver, apprentice electrician.
Frustrated by what he felt were racially motivated and politically unfair hiring practices, he and his moved to Los Angeles. Cayetano attended Los Angeles Harbor College and eventually transferred to the University of California, in 1968, he graduated from UCLA with a major in political science and minor in American history. In 1971, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School and he began his career in public service in 1972 when he was appointed to the Hawaii Housing Authority. In 1974, he was elected to the house as a Democrat representing Pearl City. Cayetano joined the John D. Waihee III gubernatorial ticket in 1986, the Waihee/Cayetano ticket was re-elected to a second term in 1990. Term limits forced Waihee into retirement and the Democratic Party nominated Cayetano to run for Governor of Hawaiʻi in 1994, with attorney Mazie K. Hirono as his running mate, Cayetano was voted into office. In 1998, Mayor of Maui Linda Lingle was nominated by the Republican Party to run against Cayetano on an agenda of government reform, for months leading into election day, Cayetano trailed Lingle in the major media polls.
In the closest election in Hawaiis history, Cayetano won a term by a single percentage point validated by an official recount of ballots. Cayetano left office in December 2002 and he was succeeded by former Republican challenger Lingle. Throughout his tenure in office, Cayetano had to contend with economic uncertainty, on education, the Cayetano administration built thirteen new schools, and he was able to persuade the teachers union to extend the school year by seven days. Also under his administration, the University of Hawaiʻi system gained autonomy over internal affairs, on January 19,2012, Cayetano came out of retirement to run for the office of Honolulu Mayor
Norman Rae Taurog was an American film director and screenwriter. From 1920 to 1968, Taurog directed 180 films, at the age of 32, he received the Academy Award for Best Director for Skippy. He is the second youngest person ever to win the award after Damien Chazelle and he was nominated for Best Director for the film Boys Town. Taurog directed six Martin and Lewis films, and nine Elvis Presley films, for his contribution to the motion picture industry, Norman Taurog has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1600 Vine Street. Norman Taurog was born February 23,1899 in Chicago, Illinois, to Arthur Jack Taurog and his fathers naturalization records claim that Arthur was born in the Russian Empire in 1872 or 1873 and naturalized as a minor, while his mother was from New York. Later census records claimed that Arthurs parents were from Germany, the couple were married in Chicago in 1896. Norman became a performer on the stage at an early age, making his movie debut at the age of 13 in the short film Tangled Relations.
In the eight years until his next screen credit, he worked in theater, in 1919, Taurog returned to the movie industry as a director, collaborating with Larry Semon in The Sportsman. In the coming decade, he made 42 silent films, mostly shorts, during this time, he developed his style, his forte being light comedy although he could deal with drama and maintain complex narratives. In 1931, he made his breakthrough, directing Skippy, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director, Taurogs award statue sold for $301,973 at auction in Beverly Hills. The next few years saw Taurog enter the third chapter of his career and he directed a series of well-received films, including If I Had a Million, which showed his ability to work with an all-star cast—Gary Cooper, George Raft, Charles Laughton, and W. C. In 1934, he directed Were Not Dressing, starring Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, George Burns, Gracie Allen, in 1935, he directed the star-studded musical showcase The Big Broadcast of 1936 starring Bing Crosby and George Burns and Gracie Allen.
The year brought Boys Town, showing Taurog to be more capable of sustaining a dramatic narrative. Lucky Night starring Myrna Loy and Robert Taylor was a turkey, Taurog was reassigned to work on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a change which he had little to no say in. However, Taurog went on to earn a Best Director nomination for Boys Town that year and he did, helm the last of MGMs big pre-war musical showcases, 1940s Broadway Melody, starring Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell. He expanded his range into biographies, working with Mickey Rooney again, in the well-received Young Tom Edison and he directed Judy Garland twice, in Little Nellie Kelly and the small-town-girl-gets-big-break Presenting Lily Mars. After directing re-takes for a propaganda film, Taurog entered new territory with a docudrama of the atom bomb. It was back to his metier of light comedy for his next couple of outings, The Bride Goes Wild with Van Johnson and June Allyson and it starred, among others, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Mickey Rooney and Cyd Charisse
Mount Rainier, Mount Tacoma, or Mount Tahoma is the highest mountain of the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest, and the highest mountain in the U. S. state of Washington. It is an active stratovolcano located 54 miles south-southeast of Seattle. Because of its amount of glacial ice, Mt.7 million living in its metropolitan area. Mount Rainier was first known by the Native Americans as Talol, one hypothesis of the word origin is, in the Lushootseed language spoken by the Puyallup people. Another hypothesis is that Tacoma means larger than Mount Baker in Lushootseed, Ta, plus Koma, other names originally used include Tahoma and Pooskaus. The current name was given by George Vancouver, who named it in honor of his friend, the map of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806 refers to it as Mt. Regniere. Tacoma was preferred in the city of Tacoma, in 1890, the United States Board on Geographic Names declared that the mountain would be known as Rainier. Following this in 1897, the Pacific Forest Reserve became the Mount Rainier Forest Reserve, despite this, there was still a movement to change the mountains name to Tacoma and Congress was still considering a resolution to change the name as late as 1924.
After the 2015 restoration of the original name Denali to Mount McKinley in Alaska, Mount Rainier is the highest mountain in Washington and the Cascade Range. This peak is located just east of Eatonville and just southeast of Seattle, Mount Rainier is ranked third of the 128 ultra-prominent mountain peaks of the United States. Mount Rainier has a prominence of 13,210 ft, which is greater than that of K2. On clear days it dominates the horizon in most of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area to such an extent that locals sometimes refer to it simply as the Mountain. On days of exceptional clarity, it can be seen from as far away as Corvallis and Victoria, with 26 major glaciers and 36 sq mi of permanent snowfields and glaciers, Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. The summit is topped by two volcanic craters, each more than 1,000 ft in diameter, with the larger east crater overlapping the west crater, the Carbon, Mowich and Cowlitz Rivers begin at eponymous glaciers of Mount Rainier.
The sources of the White River are Winthrop, the broad top of Mount Rainier contains three named summits. The highest is called the Columbia Crest, the second highest summit is Point Success,14,158 ft, at the southern edge of the summit plateau, atop the ridge known as Success Cleaver. It has a prominence of about 138 ft, so it is not considered a separate peak. The lowest of the three summits is Liberty Cap,14,112 ft, at the edge, which overlooks Liberty Ridge, the Sunset Amphitheater
Joan OBrien is an American actress and singer. She made a name for acting in television shows in the 1950s and 1960s. Joan Marie OBrien was born to David and Rita OBrien on Valentines Day 1936, in Cambridge, the family moved to California when OBrien was a child, and enrolled OBrien in dance classes when she was eight years old. She graduated from Chaffey Union High School in Ontario, California, in 1954, she became a regular on The Bob Crosby Show, and stayed until shortly before the shows cancellation in 1958. She co-starred with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis in the 1959 movie Operation Petticoat, lawrence Welk hired OBrien as a one-week replacement for his champagne lady Alice Lon in July 1959. OBrien had come to Welks attention years earlier when she was a singer on Bob Crosbys show, OBrien was cast as Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson in John Waynes 1960 epic The Alamo. That same year, OBrien performed as a soloist for composer Buddy Bregman at the Moulin Rouge night club in Los Angeles, in 1961, OBrien again co-starred with John Wayne, as his love interest in The Comancheros.
Actresses Sheree North and Sue Carson joined OBrien in a tour of Playgirls in 1961, appearing at the Riverside Hotel in Reno, OBrien played Elvis Presleys girlfriend in the 1963 vehicle It Happened at the Worlds Fair. Her most frequent acting performances were in television during the 1960s and she made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, in 1960 she played Betty Roberts in The Case of the Singing Skirt, and in 1965 she played Jill Fenwick in The Case of the Lovers Gamble. In 1964, OBrien guest starred in an episode of The Man from UNCLE, series star Robert Vaughn subsequently cast her as Ophelia in Hamlet at the Pasadena Playhouse. After her acting career ended, OBrien sang with the Harry James band in 1968, joan OBrien at the Internet Movie Database