Dee Wallace

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Dee Wallace
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Wallace at BIFFF in 2010.
Born Deanna Bowers
(1948-12-14) December 14, 1948 (age 65)
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Other names Dee Wallace-Stone
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Christopher Stone (m. 1980–95) (his death) 1 child

Dee Wallace (born Deanna Bowers; December 14, 1948),[1] also known as Dee Wallace-Stone, is an American actress and scream queen. She is perhaps best known for her roles in several popular films mainly in the horror genre. Her most widely seen role is a starring role as Elliott's mother in the Steven Spielberg film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). She also played key roles in popular cult films The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and The Howling (1981)[2] and appeared in The Stepford Wives in 1975 and 10 (1979). In total, Wallace has appeared in more than 85 films.

Early life and career[edit]

Wallace was born Deanna Bowers in Kansas City, Kansas on December 14, 1948.

She appeared in the television series Together We Stand (1986–1987) and the syndicated The New Lassie (1989–1992). In the latter series, she appeared with her husband Christopher Stone, with whom she also co-starred in Cujo (1983) and The Howling (1981).

Wallace remains popularly known for her horror film roles. She has appeared at many horror film conventions and has a reputation for being very kind and generous with her many admirers and fans. She has also opened an acting studio to mentor young actors. Her husband died suddenly in 1995 of a heart attack while she was filming The Frighteners in New Zealand. Coincidentally The Frighteners told the story of a series of bizarre, inexplicable heart attack-related deaths.

She starred in Rob Zombie's re-imagining of Halloween; Wallace played Cynthia Strode, Laurie Strode's adoptive mother. In 2009, she played the role of Nancy Dooly, Vincent's mother in The Mother of Invention. She appeared in the horror film The Ocean, the western Between the Sand and the Sky and the horror-thriller Sebastian. The latter movie stars Daeg Faerch, Meadow Williams, Betsy Rue, Meg Foster and Greg Vaughan.

She is also featured in the eighth season of The Office as the mother of Andy Bernard, in the episode "Garden Party".[3] She also appeared on Grimm as Monroe's mother.

Personal life[edit]

Wallace is the daughter of Maxine (née Nichols) and Robert Stanley Bowers.[1][4]

Wallace attended Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, before attending the University of Kansas and graduating with an education degree. She briefly taught high school drama at Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas, in the early 1970s.

She married fellow actor Christopher Stone in 1980, with whom she had one daughter, Gabrielle, who has since developed a vested interest in acting and filmmaking herself.[5] Christopher died fifteen years later of a heart attack. She would marry again in 1998 to television producer, Skip Belyea.[6]

Aside from being an actress, Wallace is also a public speaker, and self-help author, having written three books, and has her own call-in radio show where she talks exclusively about the creation of the "self".[7] Wallace often speaks about how you can get through tough times with determination and love. She has also written a book called Bright Light, about how life lessons from an acting career. Wallace has since become somewhat of a cult icon for her roles in horror films. Because of this, she frequently attends horror conventions where she often signs autographs and poses for pictures with her fans. She is described as a very fun lady who loves to meet her fans.



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