Mary Dees

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Mary Dees
Born(1911-06-03)June 3, 1911
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 4, 2004(2004-08-04) (aged 93)
Lake Worth, Florida, U.S.
Years active1929–1985

Mary Ella Dees (June 3, 1911 – August 4, 2004) was an American stage and screen actress who once served as a primary stand-in double for late-1930s actress Jean Harlow. Dees had parts in The Last Gangster (1937), The Women (1939), as well as a number of Three Stooges shorts, which included Hoi Polloi (1935), and numerous Marx Brothers comedies.

Biography and career[edit]

Born in Syracuse, New York on June 3, 1911,[1] the daughter of a successful lawyer, she was for a time raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.[2]

In 1937, upon the sudden death of actress Jean Harlow, Dees was cast by MGM boss Louis B. Mayer as a four-minute stand-in for Harlow, who was acting on the film Saratoga with Clark Gable, which was still in production at the time.[3]

Later career[edit]

Dees appeared in her last film role in 1946, in the Marx Brothers film A Night in Casablanca. She continued to act on stage in repertory theatre until 1985.[3]


Dees died on August 4, 2004 in Lake Worth, Florida, aged 93, after a long illness.[4]


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