Dee Wallace

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Dee Wallace
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Deanna Bowers

(1948-12-14) December 14, 1948 (age 73)
Other namesDee Wallace-Stone
Alma materUniversity of Kansas
Years active1974–present
ChildrenGabrielle Stone

Deanna Wallace (née Bowers; born December 14, 1948),[citation needed] also known as Dee Wallace Stone, is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Mary Taylor, the mother in the 1982 blockbuster film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She is also known for her starring roles in several horror films including The Hills Have Eyes (1977), The Howling (1981), Cujo (1983) and Critters (1986).[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Wallace was born in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Maxine (née Nichols) and Robert Stanley Bowers.[2] She attended Wyandotte High School, before attending the University of Kansas and obtaining an education degree. She briefly taught high school drama at Washington High School in her native Kansas City in the early 1970s.

She was briefly married first to Barry Wallace and still uses his last name in her career. Their marriage ended in divorce. She married Christopher Stone in 1980, who died suddenly in 1995. They have one daughter, Gabrielle Stone.[3]

Wallace is 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 "self".[4] She often speaks about how you can get through tough times with determination and love. She has also written a book called Bright Light about her life lessons from an acting career.[5]

In 2018, she gave her first TED talk at TEDx Cape May, entitled "The Common Ground of Self".[6]


Wallace began her career on television appearing in episodes of The Streets of San Francisco, Starsky & Hutch and Police Woman, before appearing in the box-office horror hit film The Hills Have Eyes (1977). In 1981, she played a leading role in the horror film The Howling opposite her husband Christopher Stone. They later starred together in Cujo (1983) based on Stephen King's 1981 novel of the same name.

In 1982, Wallace went on to star in Steven Spielberg's science fiction film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).[7] The film became the highest-grossing film of all time—a record held for eleven years until Jurassic Park, another Spielberg-directed film, surpassed it in 1993. Wallace received a Saturn Award nomination for her performance. Wallace also starred in a number of comedy movies, including 10 (1979), Jimmy the Kid (1982) and Secret Admirer (1985). In 1986, she starred in the horror comedy film Critters (a role she later reprised in a sequel, Critters Attack!, in 2019).[8] She has also appeared in many other horror films, most notably Peter Jackson's The Frighteners (1996).

Dee Wallace at the set of Illusion Infinity, with its filmmaker Roger Steinmann

On television, Wallace played a leading role in the CBS sitcom Together We Stand (1986–1987) and the family drama The New Lassie (1989–1992). She guest starred in episodes of a number of shows, including The Twilight Zone, Hotel, Murder, She Wrote, Touched by an Angel, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, My Name Is Earl, Criminal Minds, and The Office.[9] In 2015, Wallace was cast on the ABC soap opera series General Hospital, as Patricia Spencer, the unseen, long-lost older sister of Luke and Bobbie Spencer; Wallace also appeared in the show Supernatural, in the episode titled "Into the Mystic" (01/27/2016).

She was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series.[10]

Selected filmography[edit]


Film appearances of Dee Wallace
Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Stepford Wives Nettie the Maid
1977 The Hills Have Eyes Lynne Wood
All the King's Horses Sandy Benson
1979 10 Mary Lewis
1981 The Howling Karen White
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Mary
Jimmy the Kid May
1983 Cujo Donna Trenton
1985 Secret Admirer Connie Ryan
1986 Critters Helen Brown
Shadow Play Morgan Hanna
1987 Legend of the White Horse Alta
1991 Popcorn Suzanne
Alligator II: The Mutation Christine Hodges Direct-to-video film
1992 Rescue Me Sarah Sweeney
1993 Lightning in a Bottle Jean Markley
1994 The Skateboard Kid 2 Lois Curtis
1995 Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back Georgia
The Phoenix and the Carpet Mother
1996 The Frighteners Patricia Ann Bradley
1997 Invisible Mom Laura Griffin
Nevada Ruby
1998 The Christmas Path Jenny
1999 Invisible Mom II Laura Griffin Direct-to-video film
Pirates of the Plain Glenna
2001 Out of the Black Penny Hart
A Month of Sundays Sarah McCabe
2004 Illusion Infinity (aka Paradise) Patricia Paradise
2005 Scar Isabella
Boo Nurse Russell
Headspace Dr. Denise Bell
Yesterday's Dreams Rita
2006 Kalamazoo? Susan
Abominable Ethel Hoss
Expiration Date Lucille
The Plague Nora
2007 J-ok'el Helen Moret
Bone Dry Joanne
Halloween Cynthia Strode
The Blue Rose Mrs. Garrison
2009 The House of the Devil Landlady
Stay Cool Mrs. McCarthy
Babysitters Beware Ms. Greene
The Mother of Invention Nancy Dooly
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Trixie Voice role
Dark Fields Jean Applebe
2010 Extraordinary Measures Sal
Bedrooms Marnie
Pound of Flesh Dean Jean Clark
2011 Exodus Fall Shirley Minor
Bad Actress Herself
Walk a Mile in My Pradas Mary
2012 The Lords of Salem Sonny
The Boarder Elizabeth
2013 Hansel & Gretel Lilith
2014 Ejecta Ashley Winnington-Ball
Haunting of Cellblock 11 Ms. Simon
Love & Mercy Lilith
2017 Red Christmas Diane
Death House Dr. Eileen Fletcher
2018 Beyond the Sky Lucille
Every Other Holiday Mimi
Ouija House Katherine
The Wrong Teacher Dr. Smith
2019 Dolls Margaret
Sunrise in Heaven Marion
In Search of Darkness Herself Documentary film
Critters Attack! Aunt Dee [11]
3 from Hell Greta
2020 Stay Home Dee Short film[12]
2021 13 Fanboy Herself [13][14][15]
The Nest Marissa
2022 In Search of Tomorrow Herself Documentary film
The Munsters Good Morning Transylvania Announcer voice only[16]
Jeepers Creepers: Reborn Marie


Television appearances of Dee Wallace
Year Title Role Notes
1974 Lucas Tanner Waitress Episode: "Merry Gentlemen"
1975 The Streets of San Francisco Joan Warren Episode: "The Programming of Charlie Blake"
Ellery Queen Waitress / Mamie Episode: "The Adventure of the Chinese Dog"
1977 Man from Atlantis Hot Dog Stand Owner Episode: "Melt Down"
The San Pedro Beach Bums Lisa Episode: "Godfather's Five"
Bigfoot and Wildboy Deeda Episode: "Amazon Contest"
Starsky & Hutch Carol Wade Episode: "The Crying Child"
Police Woman Shana Fayette Episode: "Did You Still Beat My Wife"
1978 Barnaby Jones Amy Vickers Episode: "Terror on a Quite Afternoon"
Police Story Sharon Shay Episode: "A Chance to Live"
Lou Grant Patti Episode: "Hooker"
1978–1979 CHiPs Sheila / Angy Episodes: "Return of the Turks" and "Death Watch"
1979 Hart to Hart Connie Episode: "Jonathan Hart Jr."
Trapper John, M.D. Dr. Valerie Tatum Episode: "The Adventures of the Chinese Dog"
Mrs. Columbo Janet Rutledge Episode: "Ladies of the Afternoon"
Taxi Joyce Episode: "Alex Romance"
1980 Skag Nora Episodes: "The Working Girl: Part 1 and 2"
Here's Boomer Alice Episode: "Molly"
1981 ABC Afterschool Special Sue Jinkins Episode: "Run, Don't Walk"
Child Bride of Short Creek Mary Jacobs Television film
1982/87 CBS Schoolbreak Special Fran Welsh / Jan Fischer Episodes: "Help Wanted" and "An Enemy Among Us"
1982 Skeezer Lucille Television film
1983 Wait till Your Mother Gets Home! Pat Peters Television film
1984 The Sky's No Limit Dr. Maureen Harris Television film
1984–87 Hotel Helen Johnson / Lisa Mason / Pamela 3 episodes
1985 Finder of Lost Loves Gail Aames Episode: "Mister Wonderful"
1985 Simon & Simon Carol Brooks Episode: "Love and/or Marriage"
1985 The Twilight Zone Janice Hammond Segment: "Wish Bank"
1986–87 Together We Stand Lori Randall 19 episodes
1987 Bushfire Moon Elizabeth O'Day Television film
1988 Stranger on My Land Annie Winters Television film
1989/91 Murder, She Wrote Ellen Wicker / Mildred Terhune Episodes: "Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble" and "Tainted Lady"
1989–92 The New Lassie Dee McCullough 35 episodes
1990 I'm Dangerous Tonight Wanda Thatcher Television film
1991 P.S. I Luv U Mitzi Packer Episode: "Pilot"
1992 FBI: The Untold Stories Darlene Episode: "Mommie Dearest"
1992 L.A. Law Eliane Weston Episode: "Wine Knot"
1994 Witness to the Execution Emily Dawson Television film
1994 Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy Suzanne Guthrie Television film
1994 Vanishing Son IV Megan Television film
1994 Rebel Highway Mrs. Gordon Episode: "Runaway Daughters"
1995 Here Come the Munsters Mrs. Walker (uncredited) Television film
1997 Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder Linda Jones Television film
1997 JAG Congresswoman Adele DeLong Episode: "Crossing the Line"
1997 Touched by an Angel Sandra Browner Episode: "A Delicate Balance"
1998 Bad As I Wanna Be: The Dennis Rodman Story Pat Rich Television film
1999 Nash Bridges Susan Martin Episode: "Resurrection"
1999 Ally McBeal Gail Clarkson Episode: "Buried Pleasures"
2001 She's No Angel Shawnessy Television film
2001 Felicity Allison Covington 2 episodes
2002 The Division Paula Meeks Episode: "Beyond the Grave"
2002 She Spies Daphne Episode: "First Episode"
2003 The Agency Doris, Quinn's Sister Episode: "Our Man in Korea"
2004 The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story Sharon Rocha Television film
2005 Voodoo Moon Mary-Ann Television film
2005 Cold Case Charlotte Jones Episode: "Strange Fruit"
2005 Crossing Jordan Lorraine Heeley Episode: "Total Recall"
2006 Bones Special Agent Callie Warner Episode: "The Woman in Limbo"
2006 Voodoo Moon Mary-Ann Television film
2006 The Eden Formula Rhonda Sharpton Television film
2006 Without a Trace Lara Duncan Episode: "All the Sinners, Saints"
2006 Close to Home Joan Monroe Episode: "There's Something About Martha"
2006–07 Sons & Daughters Colleen Halbert 11 episodes
2007 Grey's Anatomy Joan Waring Episode: "Time After Time"
2007 My Name Is Earl The Governor / The Warden's Wife / Katherine Hazelwood 3 episodes
2007 Ghost Whisperer Claire Taylor Episode: "Holiday Spirit"
2008 Saving Grace Janice Shapiro Episode: "A Survivor Lives Here"
Criminal Minds Dr. Jan Mohikian Episode: "Memoriam"
2009 The Magic 7 Sean's Mom (voice) Television film
2010 Happy Town Alice Conroy Episode: "Blame It on Rio Bravo"
2010 Law & Order: LA Ellen Powell Episode: "Sylmar"
2010 Detroit 1-8-7 Marni Eckhart Episode: "Home Invasion/Drive-By"
2011 The Office Ellen Bernard Episode: "Garden Party"
2012 Switched at Birth Lorena McGowen 2 episodes
2012 Warehouse 13 Ellen Powell Episode: Sylmar
2014 Grimm Alice 3 episodes
2015 General Hospital Patricia Spencer 3 episodes
2015 The Whispers Willie Starling 4 episodes
2015–2019 Just Add Magic Grandma Becky Quinn 47 episodes
2016 Supernatural Mildred Baker Episode: "Into the Mystic"
2017 You're the Worst Gail Episode: "It's Been"
2018 NCIS Claire Hall Episode: "Fragments"
Shooter Katherine Mayfield Episode: "Swing Vote"
2020 World's Funniest Animals Guest 1 episode
2021 9-1-1 Margaret Buckley 2 episodes
ME Rhonda Karlsson 3 episodes


  1. ^ "Dee Wallace Talks Horror -- Exclusive Video Interview".
  2. ^ Dee Wallace fansite Archived November 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Jerry Saravia on cinema and pop culture". Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "I AM Dee Wallace". Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bright Light: Spiritual Lessons from a Life in Acting by Dee Wallace". Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  6. ^ "YouTube Tedx Talk". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 12, 2021. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "20 years later, Dee Wallace Stone's "E.T." performance still charms". Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  8. ^ Thomas, Tinseltown Talks Nick. "Dee Wallace battling more critters". The Lewiston Tribune.
  9. ^ "'The Office': Stephen Collins, Dee Wallace to guest as..." Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  10. ^ SOD (March 6, 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: GENERAL HOSPITAL CASTS PAT!". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  11. ^ "'Critters Attack!' Actress Dee Wallace Reveals Why She Returned to the Franchise". Movieweb. June 29, 2019.
  12. ^ Squires, John (October 9, 2020). "Watch the Quarantine Horror Short 'Stay Home' Starring Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris and More Horror Icons!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  13. ^ Millican, Josh (September 3, 2021). "Gallery: New Vacation Horror 'Stream' Coming Soon From the Producers of 'Terrifier 2'". Dread Central. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  14. ^ Squires, John (September 10, 2021). "From the Team Behind 'Terrifier 2' Comes Horror Movie 'Stream' Starring Danielle Harris and Jeffrey Combs!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  15. ^ Gingold, Michael (September 14, 2021). "Exclusive Interview: Director Michael Leavy on His All-Horror-Star Movie "Stream"". Rue Morgue. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  16. ^ Korngut, Joshua (April 12, 2022). "'The Munsters': Horror Icon Dee Wallace Joins The Cast Of Rob Zombie's Reboot!". Dread Central. Retrieved April 12, 2022.

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