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Jeanne Bates

Highest Rated:   91% Eraserhead (1977)
Lowest Rated:   57% Dream Lover (1994)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
83% Mulholland Drive
  • Irene
$7.1M 2001
No Score Yet The Phantom
  • Diana Palmer
2001
57% Dream Lover
  • Jeanne
1994
No Score Yet Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue
  • Mrs. Felt
1992
81% Grand Canyon
  • Mrs. Menken
1991
No Score Yet Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation
  • Katherine
1990
69% Die Hard 2
  • Older Woman
1990
No Score Yet Mom
  • Emily Dwyer
1989
91% 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
60% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Mrs. Walls
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Ethel Hollis
  • 1961

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