Jeanne Bates

Jeanne Bates

Highest Rated: 90% Eraserhead (1977)

Lowest Rated: 57% Dream Lover (1994)

Birthday: May 21, 1918

Birthplace: Not Available

Jeanne Bates had acted in stock in California when, in 1942, she was signed to a Columbia Pictures contract. So far as many horror aficionados are concerned, her most significant work under the Columbia banner consisted of a pre-credits bit as Bela Lugosi's first victim in Return of the Vampire (1943) and the "haunted" heroine of Soul of a Monster (1944). Her other Columbia work ranged from the leading-lady stint in the 1942 serial The Phantom to a minor role in Death of a Salesman (1952). She worked steadily in television in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, most regularly as Nurse Wills on the weekly Ben Casey (1961-66). After accumulating some impressive credits in regional theater and as an acting instructor, Bates showed up as Mary's mother in the midnight-movie favorite Eraserhead (1978). Jeanne Bates' latter-day film appearances included small but worthwhile roles in Die Hard 2 (1992) and Grand Canyon (1992). Bates died of breast cancer at age 89 in November 2007.

Highest Rated Movies



83% Mulholland Drive Irene $7.1M 2001
57% Dream Lover Jeanne 1994
No Score Yet Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue Mrs. Felt 1992
77% Grand Canyon Mrs. Menken 1991
No Score Yet Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation Katherine 1990
68% Die Hard 2 Older Woman 1990
No Score Yet Mom Emily Dwyer 1989
90% Eraserhead Mrs. X 1977
No Score Yet Gus Nurse 1976
No Score Yet Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Mrs. Flanders 1970
No Score Yet The Strangler Clara 1964
No Score Yet Sabaka Durga 1953
No Score Yet Paula Attending Nurse 1952
No Score Yet Death of a Salesman Mother 1951
No Score Yet Mask of Diijon Victoria 1946
No Score Yet Tonight and Every Night WAC 1945
75% The Return of the Vampire Miss Norcutt (uncredited) 1944
No Score Yet The Racket Man Phyllis Lake 1944
No Score Yet The Phantom Actor 1943
No Score Yet The Chance of a Lifetime Mary Watson 1943


No Score Yet Wings
Mrs. Peabody 1996
No Score Yet The Commish
Annette Atkins 1991
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Mrs. Murphy 1979
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
Mrs. Walls 1978
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Lady in Bank 1975
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
Mrs. Gilliam 1972
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
Mrs. Collins 1970
No Score Yet Ben Casey
Nurse Wills 1966
82% The Twilight Zone
Ethel Hollis 1961
No Score Yet Bonanza
Stella Harris 1959
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Western Union Clerk Miss Clay Jean Strague 1958


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Mrs. X says: So Henry, what do you do?

Henry Spencer says: Oh....I'm on vacation.

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