Shimkus' break from acting appears to have coincided with the birth of the couple's first daughter Anika in 1972, followed by the birth of their second daughter Sydney in 1973.
Unlike her daughters who followed in their parents' footsteps, Joanna Shimkus did not consider acting to be a lifelong gig.
She attended a convent school and was brought up in.
She went to Paris at age nineteen, where she worked as a fashion model and soon attracted the attention of movie people on the lookout for new talent.
She appeared in 's film 1968 , opposite and , and 1969 , opposite.