May 21, 1918|
Berkeley, California, U.S.
|Died||November 28, 2007
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Breast cancer|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Lew X. Lansworth (m. 1943; d. 1981)|
Jeanne Bates (May 21, 1918 – November 28, 2007) was an American radio, film and television actress. After performing in radio serials, she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures in 1942 which began her career in films both in bit parts and larger roles in a series of horror films and noirs, including The Return of the Vampire (1943) and Shadows in the Night (1946).
Bates was born in Berkeley, Alameda County, California in 1918. She began her acting career while attending San Mateo Junior College, with roles on radio soap operas produced in San Francisco. Bates had the lead role, and supplied the signature scream, on the radio mystery series Whodunit. In 1943, she married the writer of Whodunit, Lew X. Lansworth (1904–1981).
She also had her film debut in 1943, in a Boston Blackie mystery, The Chance of a Lifetime. She played Bela Lugosi's first victim in The Return of the Vampire (1943), Diana Palmer in The Phantom (1943), and she had a minor role in Death of a Salesman (1951).
Bates worked steadily in television beginning in the 1950s, including an appearance on the syndicated western series The Range Rider, and thereafter on episodes of NBC's Buckskin, Riverboat, and Peter Gunn, as well as the crime drama Sheriff of Cochise, and the aviation adventure series Sky King and Whirlybirds. She also appeared in a 1956 episode of The Lone Ranger entitled "Cross of Santo Domingo".
In the series premiere, "The Ferris Wheel" (September 23, 1958), of the syndicated television series, Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries, Bates played a woman recently released from a mental institution who is trapped at the top of a Ferris wheel with her young daughter, portrayed by Gina Gillespie. Rand Brooks guest stars in the episode as Tom Hickey. That year she made three appearances on Perry Mason, most notably as Jean Strague in "The Case of the Buried Clock".
In 1960, she was cast as Mrs. Grandsoir in the episode "Mrs. Viner Vanishes" of the ABC/Warner Brothers crime drama Bourbon Street Beat, starring Andrew Duggan. She is more remembered for having portrayed Nurse Wills on the ABC medical drama Ben Casey, from 1961 to 1966. She appeared with John Payne in various roles in five episodes of his NBC western series The Restless Gun, and also guest starred as Mrs. Wayne in the Rawhide episode "Incident of the Tinkers Dam".
Bates, who also taught acting, also appeared in films such as The Strangler (1964), Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came (1970), and David Lynch's Eraserhead (1977) as Mrs. X. In July 1982, she appeared on Broadway as Mrs. Bixby in a production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Her last roles were small parts in Die Hard 2 (1990), Grand Canyon (1991), Dream Lover (1994) and Mulholland Drive (2001).
Bates married Lew X. Lansworth in 1943 and was married to him until his death in 1981.
She died of breast cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.
|1943||The Chance of a Lifetime||Mary Watson|
|1943||The Return of the Vampire||Miss Norcutt|
|1943||The Phantom||Diana Palmer|
|1944||The Racket Man||Phyllis Lake|
|1944||Hey, Rookie||Chief W.A.C.|
|1944||The Black Parachute||Olga|
|1944||She's a Soldier Too||"Red" Burns|
|1944||Shadows in the Night||Adele Carter|
|1944||The Soul of a Monster||Anne Winson||Also known as Death Walks Alone|
|1944||It's Murder||Mrs. Tom Blair||Short film|
|1944||Sergeant Mike||Terry Arno|
|1945||Tonight and Every Night||W.A.C. Woman|
|1945||Sundown Valley||Sidney Hawkins|
|1946||The Mask of Diijon||Victoria|
|1951||The Living Christ Series||Mary, Sister of Lazarus||Miniseries|
|1951||Trouble In-Laws||Mrs. Herbert||Short film|
|1951||Death of a Salesman||Mother||Uncredited|
|1956||Tension at Table Rock||Mrs. Brice||Uncredited|
|1957||Trooper Hook||Ann Weaver|
|1957||Back from the Dead||Agnes|
|1959||Hi, Grandma!||Television film|
|1964||The Strangler||Clara Thomas|
|1970||Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came||Mrs. Flanders|
|1977||Poco... Little Dog Lost||Mrs. John Ashmore|
|1986||Touch and Go||Woman at the Morgue|
|1989||From the Dead of Night||Nurse||Television film|
|1990||Die Hard 2||Older Woman (Northeast Plane)|
|1990||Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation||Katherine|
|1991||Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue||Mrs. Felt|
|1991||Grand Canyon||Mrs. Menken|
- "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VLBG-LTZ : 27 November 2014), Jeanne Bates, 21 May 1918; citing Alameda, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
- Weaver 2003, p. 52.
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- Blottner 2015, p. 210.
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