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Jean Willes



Actress Jean Willes spent the first ten years of her life shuttling up and down the West Coast; born in Los Angeles, she was raised in Salt Lake City, then moved with her family to Seattle. In 1943, she made her film debut in So Proudly We Hail. Shortly afterward, she was signed by Columbia Pictures, billed under her given name, Jean Donahue. She was busiest in Columbia's B-pictures, Westerns, and two-reel comedies, playing a statuesque brunette foil for such comedians as the Three Stooges, Sterling Holloway, Hugh Herbert, and Bert Wheeler. In 1947, she changed her billing to her married name, Jean Willes. Some of her most memorable feature-film roles included the hostess at the New Congress Club who delivers a bored, by-rote recitation of the club's rules in From Here to Eternity (1953); Kevin McCarthy's "zombie-fied" nurse in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956); one of Clark Gable's quartet of leading ladies in A King and Four Queens (1956); the lady lieutenant who chews out Andy Griffith in No Time for Sergeants (1958); and Ernest Borgnine's would-be-sweetheart in McHale's Navy (1964). Jean Willes also made some 400 TV appearances (often as a sharp-tongued, down-to-earth blonde) in such series as The Jack Benny Show, The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, and The Beverly Hillbillies.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Man Who Turned To Stone
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Chinatown At Midnight
  • Actor
2012
71% Bite the Bullet
  • Rosie
1975
No Score Yet The Cheyenne Social Club
  • Alice
1970
No Score Yet McHale's Navy
  • Margo Monet
1964
69% Gypsy
  • Betty Cratchitt
1962
No Score Yet Gun Street
  • Joan Brady
1961
No Score Yet By Love Possessed
  • Junie McCarthy
1961
48% Ocean's Eleven
  • Mrs. Bergdorf
1960
96% Elmer Gantry
  • Prostitute
1960
No Score Yet The Crowded Sky
  • Gloria Panawek
1960
No Score Yet The FBI Story
  • Anna Sage
1959
No Score Yet These Thousand Hills
  • Jen
1959
No Score Yet No Time for Sergeants
  • WAF Captain
1958
No Score Yet Desire Under the Elms
  • Florence
1958
No Score Yet The King and Four Queens
  • Ruby
1956
No Score Yet Toward the Unknown
  • Carmen
1956
No Score Yet The Revolt of Mamie Stover
  • Gladys
1956
No Score Yet The Lieutenant Wore Skirts
  • Joan Sweeney
1956
98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Sally
1956
No Score Yet 5 Against the House
  • Virginia
1955
92% From Here to Eternity
  • Annette
1953
33% Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
  • Captain
1953
No Score Yet The Glass Web
  • Sonia
1953
83% The Sniper
  • Woman
1952
No Score Yet Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land
  • Denise
1952
89% Son of Paleface
  • Penelope
1952
No Score Yet The Fuller Brush Girl
  • Mary
1950
No Score Yet A Woman of Distinction
  • Pearl
1950
No Score Yet Down to Earth
  • Betty
1947
No Score Yet Here Come the Waves
  • Girl
1944
No Score Yet So Proudly We Hail!
  • Lt. Carol Johnson
1943

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Ethel McConnell

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