Jean Wallace

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Jean Wallace
JeanWallace BigCombo.jpg
Jean Wallace in The Big Combo
Born Jean Walasek
(1923-10-12)October 12, 1923
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 14, 1990(1990-02-14) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1941–1970
Franchot Tone
(m. 1941; div. 1948)

Jim Lloyd Randall
(m. 1950; annulled 1950)

Cornel Wilde
(m. 1951; div. 1981)
Children 3

Jean Wallace (October 12, 1923 – February 14, 1990) was an American television and film actress.


Born Jean Walasek (some sources give Wallasek[1])(Actually, as verified by Military and Birth Records, her fathers name is John T. Walaszek) in Chicago to John T. Walaszek and Mary A. Walaszek (née Sharkey), Wallace began her career as a model then got her first small movie role at the age of seventeen. Her grandfather Karol Walaszek, immigrated from Galicia. 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. July 29, 1943; Thomas Jefferson Tone b. September 16, 1945) and one with Wilde (Cornel Wilde, b. December 19, 1967). She attempted suicide in 1946 with sleeping pills, and in 1949 with a self-inflicted knife wound.[2]

Wallace died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage on February 14, 1990. She is buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.[3]

She was Polish American.[4]


Year Film Role Notes
1941 Ziegfeld Girl Ziegfeld girl Uncredited
Glamour Boy 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
Storm Fear Elizabeth
1957 The Devil's Hairpin Kelly James
1958 Maracaibo Laura Kingsley
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)
Year Title Role Notes
1952 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1 episode
1955 General Electric Theater Leslie Mason 1 episode


  1. ^ Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 168.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ NNDB. 2013 Soylent Communications. Accessed: July 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Migrants, Immigrants, and Slaves: Racial and Ethnic Groups in America By Thompson Dele Olasiji. p.118.

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