Joyce Sherman was born Joyce Ruth Sasner, on February 25, 1927 in Superior, Wisconsin. She moved to Los Angeles, California in 1946 to attend the University of Southern California where she received a Bachelor's degree in Art in 1950. She worked as an airline stewardess and newspaper reporter from 1950 until 1953 when she met budding songwriter, Robert B. Sherman whom she would wed three months later on September 27, 1953. Joyce and Robert were married for 48 years and had four children together including Laurie (b. 1955), Jeffrey (b. 1957), Andrea (b. 1960) and Robert J. Sherman (b. 1968). Joyce Sherman died in Los Angeles on October 16, 2001 at 74 years of age. In the 2013 motion picture, Saving Mr. Banks, she was portrayed by actress Ginger Pauley.