Rebecca Welles

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Rebecca Welles
Born Reba Tassel
(1928-02-05)February 5, 1928
Philadelphia, PA, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951-1964
Spouse(s) Don Weis (19?? - July 25, 2000) (his death)

Rebecca Welles (February 5,1928) was an American television and film actress.

Career[edit]

Born as Reba Tassell, Welles is sister of fashion designer Gustave Tassell. Her first TV appearance was in the episode "A Chill on the Wind" on Studio One in 1951, where she was credited under her birth name, but subsequently worked under the surname "Welles".

Active from 1951 to 1964, Welles made appearances on about fifty TV shows, including 77 Sunset Strip, Boots and Saddles, Bat Masterson, Alcoa Theatre, and four episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She made five appearances on Perry Mason, including three roles as defendants: in 1959 she played Carol Delaney in "The Case of the Stuttering Bishop", and Carol Taylor in "The Case of the Frantic Flyer." She played Rita Norge in the 1957 episode, "The Case of the Runaway Corpse." In her other two appearances she played the role of murderer Edith Bristol in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Waylaid Wolf," and murderer Leslie Eden in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Illicit Illusion." In addition, Welles appeared in four feature films, including Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955) and Desire Under the Elms (1958). She made her last onscreen appearance in a 1964 episode of Arrest and Trial.

Personal life[edit]

Welles was married to television director Don Weis.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1955 Good Morning, Miss Dove Polly Burnham Uncredited
1956 The Brass Legend Millie Street Credited as Reba Tassell
1958 Desire Under the Elms Lucinda Cabot
Juvenile Jungle Glory
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1951 Studio One 1 episode
Lights Out 1 episode
The Web 1 episode
1953 Danger 1 episode
Harvest Arlene Television movie
Credited as Reba Tassell
Robert Montgomery Presents Arlene 1 episode
1956–1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Various roles 4 episodes
1957 Wire Service Julia Thomas 1 episode
Gunsmoke Nan Mellors 1 episode
The Web 1 episode
Boots and Saddles Laurie 2 episodes
The Millionaire Amy 1 episode
1957–1964 Perry Mason Various roles 5 episodes
1958 Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Sandra Mantell 1 episode
State Trooper Betty Dolan 1 episode
Trackdown Julie Corbin 1 episode
M Squad Mrs. Kenneth Darrell 1 episode
Northwest Passage Maureen Carver 1 episode
Frontier Doctor Maria Belotti, Circus Owner 1 episode
26 Men Ruth 1 episode
Rescue 8 Madge 1 episode
The Lineup Jane Abbott 1 episode
1959 The Thin Man Maria 1 episode
Wagon Train Jean Yates 1 episode
Zorro Moneta 1 episode
Bat Masterson Isabel Fowler 1 episode
The Californians Cora Sue Sommers
Clara Keel
2 episodes
Bronco Lynne Henderson 1 episode
The Lawless Years Jane Cooper
Mary Drew
2 episodes
1960 Philip Marlowe Julie French 1 episode
Alcoa Theatre Phoebe Hanes 1 episode
Tightrope Margo 1 episode
The Dennis O'Keefe Show Paula Hamilton 1 episode
The Man from Blackhawk Janet 1 episode
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Adelle Bernheim 1 episode
The Brothers Brannagan Sally Ross 1 episode
General Electric Theater 1 episode
1961 Checkmate Fay Razon 1 episode
The Case of the Dangerous Robin 1 episode
The Untouchables Rose Raineri 1 episode
The DuPont Show with June Allyson Polly 1 episode
Hawaiian Eye Vera Ormsby 1 episode
77 Sunset Strip Ellen Martone 1 episode
1962 The New Breed 1 episode
Follow the Sun Beverly Willis 1 episode
1963 Burke's Law Susan Rivers 1 episode
1964 Arrest and Trial Reba Thayer 1 episode

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