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      Jean Willes

      Jean Willes

      Highest Rated: 100% So Proudly We Hail (1943)

      Lowest Rated: 33% Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

      Birthday: Apr 15, 1923

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      Jean Willes made her acting career playing brassy, tough, sexually appealing, and sometimes vulgar characters, taking mostly costarring roles in B-movies, and even more minor ones in bigger films. She was often featured as one of the only female characters in a number of Three Stooges shorts, most notably in "A Snitch in Time" and "Gypped in the Penthouse." In the former, Willes played the attractive owner of a boarding house who teams up with the Stooges to hunt down a robber. In "Gypped in the Penhouse," Willes plays a calculating gold digger who scams all three of the Stooges. In one of her more significant roles, though still a costarring one, in a movie that was an unexpected hit and now a sci-fi cult classic, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," Willes played Nurse Sally Withers, right-hand assistant to the protagonist, who eventually becomes possessed by the alien pod people. The same year, Willes took another large role in a Western film that, though not particularly distinguished, was one of Clark Gable's last, "The King and Four Queens"; Willes played one of four calculating and sexy widows trying to seduce Gable's character. Willes became quite prevalent in the Western genre, though more so on television after the 1950s. One of her last bigger film parts was in the Rat Pack heist film "Ocean's Eleven," playing the widow of an electrician who was in on the casino robbery.

      Highest rated movies

      So Proudly We Hail
      Invasion of the Body Snatchers
      Elmer Gantry
      From Here to Eternity
      Bite the Bullet
      By Love Possessed
      Ocean's Eleven
      The Revolt of Mamie Stover

      Photos

      THE KING AND FOUR QUEENS, Clark Gable, Jean Willes, 1956 THE KING AND FOUR QUEENS, top row from left: Barbara Nichols, Jean Willes, Sara Shane; bottom row from left: Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, 1956 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, Jean Willes, Bobby Clark, Kevin McCarthy, Beatrice Maude, 1956. JUNGLE JIM IN THE FORBIDDEN LAND, from left, center, Jean Willes, Johnny Weissmuller, 1952 THE KING AND FOUR QUEENS, from left: Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols, Clark Gable, 1956 THE KING AND FOUR QUEENS, from left: Clark Gable, Barbara Nicholes, Sara Shane, Jean Willes, Jo Van Fleet, Eleanor Parker, 1956 THE KING AND FOUR QUEENS, from left: Barbara Nichols, Clark Gable, Jean Willes, 1956 THE KING AND FOUR QUEENS, from left: Jean Willes, Jo Van Fleet, 1956 THE KING AND FOUR QUEENS, from left: Jo Van Fleet, Jean Willes, 1956

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      73% 54% Bite the Bullet Rosie (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 68% The Cheyenne Social Club Alice (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gun Street Joan Brady (Character) - 1961
      50% 38% By Love Possessed Junie McCarthy (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Slowest Gun in the West Kathy McQueen (Character) - 1960
      94% 87% Elmer Gantry Prostitute (uncredited) (Character) - 1960
      47% 81% Ocean's Eleven Mrs. Gracie Bergdorf (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 61% Desire Under the Elms Florence Cabot (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hear Me Good Rita Hall (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 36% The King and Four Queens Ruby McDade (Character) - 1956
      98% 85% Invasion of the Body Snatchers Nurse Sally Withers (Character) - 1956
      40% 53% The Revolt of Mamie Stover Gladys (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 26% 5 Against the House Virginia (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bowery to Bagdad Claire Culpepper (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Count Three and Pray Selma (uncredited) (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterson of Kansas Dallas Corey (Character) - 1954
      88% 84% From Here to Eternity Annette (uncredited) (Character) - 1953
      33% 44% Abbott and Costello Go to Mars Capt. Olivia (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Yank in Indo-China Cleo (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land Denise (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Revenue Agent Marge King (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chinatown at Midnight Alice (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Winner's Circle Jean Trent (Character) - 1948
      100% 82% So Proudly We Hail Lt. Carol Johnson (Character) - 1943

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1964-1965 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1964-1965
      83% 90% The Munsters Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Francie Vollmer (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Ethel McConnell (Character) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Flo (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lock Up Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Lucy Slater (Guest Star) 1958-1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zorro Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Irene Wallace (Guest Star) 1957 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lawman Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Janette York (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Christine (Guest Star) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1953