Dr. Joan Allenby

Lindsay Crouse


Columbo Villains -  Dr. Joan Allenby

Last Words to Columbo: "Do you think less of me?"

In the Columbo episode "Sex and the Married Detective," Lindsay Crouse portrays Dr. Joan Allenby, a famous sex therapist and radio show host who discovers her partner, David Kincaid, cheating on her with her assistant, Cindy Galt. Furious and heartbroken, Joan becomes a villainous character, determined to seek revenge on David. Joan devises an elaborate plan to kill David, starting with disguising herself as a high-class prostitute in a black wig, dress, and high heels. After purchasing a gun, she stashes her disguise in the restroom of a fundraiser she attends. During the event, Joan transforms into her alter-ego, "Lisa," and meets David at a nearby bar before taking him back to the clinic. Joan seduces David before pulling out her gun and killing him, making it look like the "Lady in Black" committed the murder.
Lindsay Crouse is an American actress who was born on May 12, 1948, in New York City. She comes from a family of actors, with both her parents being notable performers. Crouse made her stage debut in 1972 and went on to appear in several off-Broadway productions before making her Broadway debut in "The House of Blue Leaves" in 1974. Crouse has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including "The Verdict," "Slap Shot," "Daniel," "The Insider," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." In addition, she has also worked as a voice actor, lending her voice to several audiobooks and animated series.