Jean Wallace in The Big Combo
October 12, 1923
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||February 14, 1990
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Years active||1941 – 1970|
|Spouse(s)||Franchot Tone (m. 1941–48)
James Randall (m. 1950–50)
Cornel Wilde (m. 1951–81)
Jean Wallace (October 12, 1923 – February 14, 1990) was an American television and film actress.
Born Jean Walasek in Chicago to John T. Walasek and Mary A. Walasek (née Sharkey), Wallace began her career as a model then got her first small movie role at the age of seventeen. She was married two times; once to her Jigsaw co-star Franchot Tone from 1941 to 1948 and once to actor Cornel Wilde (her co-star in The Big Combo and Lancelot and Guinevere) from 1951 to 1981. She had two sons with Tone and one with Wilde. She attempted suicide in 1946 with sleeping pills, and in 1949 with a self-inflicted knife wound.
She was Polish American.
|1941||Ziegfeld Girl||Ziegfeld girl||Uncredited|
|Louisiana Purchase||Louisiana Belle|
|1943||Salute for Three||Hostess offering Buzz apple from basket|
|1944||You Can't Ration Love||Madge|
|1946||It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog||Bess Williams|
|1947||Blaze of Noon||Poppy|
|1948||When My Baby Smiles at Me||Sylvia Marco||Uncredited|
|1949||Jigsaw||Barbara Whitfield||Alternative title: Gun Moll|
|The Man on the Eiffel Tower||Edna Wallace|
|1950||The Good Humor Man||Bonnie Conroy|
|1951||Native Son||Mary Dalton||Alternative title: Sangre negra|
|1954||Star of India||Katrina||Alternative title: Stella dell'India|
|1955||The Big Combo||Susan Lowell|
|1957||The Devil's Hairpin||Kelly James|
|1963||Lancelot and Guinevere||Guinevere||Alternative title: Sword of Lancelot|
|1967||Beach Red||Julie MacDonald||Appears in flashback photos; sings the title song|
|1970||No Blade of Grass||Ann Custance|
|1952||Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||1 episode|
|1955||General Electric Theater||Leslie Mason||1 episode|
- Fowler, Glenn. The New York Times. Obituary, "Jean Wallace, 66, Screen Actress Known for 1940's and 50's Roles", February 18, 1990. Accessed: July 25, 2013.
- NNDB. 2013 Soylent Communications. Accessed: July 25, 2013.
- Migrants, Immigrants, and Slaves: Racial and Ethnic Groups in America By Thompson Dele Olasiji. p.118.