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) (divorce)
Jim Lloyd Randall (m. 1950–50) (annulment)
Cornel Wilde (m. 1951–81) (divorce)
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 three times: to her Jigsaw co-star Franchot Tone from 1941 to 1948, to former US Army Captain Jim Lloyd Randall (marriage and annulment in 1950), and 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 (Pascal "Pat" Franchot Tone (b. Jul. 29, 1943; Thomas Jefferson Tone b. Sep. 16, 1945) and one with Wilde (Cornel Wilde, b. Dec. 19, 1967). 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||(Last appearance)|
|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.