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Jean Willes (1923–1989)

Jean Willes' sly, hard-boiled painted ladies gussied up a number of "B" level 50s and 60s comedy and drama. Usually gaudy and cheap in style with money, men or fame (or all of the above) permeating their avid, aggressive little minds, this brassy, curvaceous blonde (sometimes brunette) was scattered all over the place on both the large and small ... See full bio »

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 1976 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Savannah
- Elegy in an Asphalt Graveyard (1975) ... Savannah
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Gertrude Krebs
- Lucy, the Part-Time Wife (1970) ... Gertrude Krebs
 1959-1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Mrs. O'Brien / Jenny Jenkins / Molly Travers / ...
- Star Crossed (1968) ... Mrs. O'Brien
- A Good Night's Rest (1965) ... Jenny Jenkins
- The Gentleman from New Orleans (1964) ... Molly Travers
- The Sisters (1959) ... Amelia Terry
 1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Ellie Mitchell
- The Secret of Hangtown Mine (1967) ... Ellie Mitchell
 1966 T.H.E. Cat (TV Series)
Flo
- Little Arnie from Long Ago (1966) ... Flo
 1966 The Virginian (TV Series)
Lily Duval
- The Mark of a Man (1966) ... Lily Duval
 1966 The Long, Hot Summer (TV Series)
Belle Sutton
- Face of Fear (1966) ... Belle Sutton
 1964-1965 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Countess Maria
- Jed and the Countess (1965) ... Countess Maria
- Another Neighbor (1964) ... Countess Maria
 1963-1965 McHale's Navy (TV Series)
Maggie Monohan / Congresswoman Clara Carter Clarke
- The Return of Maggie (1965) ... Maggie Monohan
- Send Us a Hero (1963) ... Congresswoman Clara Carter Clarke
 1965 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Maggie
- A Bell for Volcano (1965) ... Maggie
 1964 The Munsters (TV Series)
Mrs. Cartwright
- Knock Wood, Here Comes Charlie (1964) ... Mrs. Cartwright
 1964 McHale's Navy
Margot Monet
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Francie Vollmer
- Paper Chase (1963) ... Francie Vollmer
 1963 Temple Houston (TV Series)
Doll Lucas
- Fracas at Kiowa Flats (1963) ... Doll Lucas
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Eva
- Death of a Cop (1963) ... Eva
 1963 Empire (TV Series)
Claire Hagen
- The Convention (1963) ... Claire Hagen
 1963 Hazel (TV Series)
Miss Dunbar
- The Sunshine Girls Quartet (1963) ... Miss Dunbar
 1962 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Meg Stevens
- Vengeance Is Mine (1962) ... Meg Stevens
 1962 Gypsy
Betty Cratchitt
 1954-1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Mamie / Liz / Gwendolyn Park / ...
- Alexander Hamilton Story (1962) ... Mamie / Liz
- The Fiddler (1957) ... Gwendolyn Park
- The Life of Jack Benny (1954) ... Woman (uncredited)
 1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Arlene Cash
- Play It Blue (1962) ... Arlene Cash
 1959-1962 Bronco (TV Series)
Dolly Lewis / Saloon Girl
- Beginner's Luck (1962) ... Dolly Lewis
- The Belles of Silver Flat (1959) ... Saloon Girl
 1961 Gun Street
Joan Brady
 1961 By Love Possessed
Junie McCarthy
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Hilda Loring
- The Swindler (1961) ... Hilda Loring
 1961 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Ethel McConnell
- Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (1961) ... Ethel McConnell
 1961 Acapulco (TV Series)
Barbara Meston
- Murder with Love (1961) ... Barbara Meston
 1961 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Mrs. Cully
- The Murder Bond (1961) ... Mrs. Cully
 1958-1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Annie Keller / Kate Wilson
- The Persecuted (1961) ... Annie Keller
- The Jury (1958) ... Kate Wilson
 1961 Coronado 9 (TV Series)
Stella Bowers
- The Day Ramon Fell (1961) ... Stella Bowers
 1960 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Eve Tibbles
- Girl in the Galleon (1960) ... Eve Tibbles
 1960 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Olivia McKay
- The Money Blossom (1960) ... Olivia McKay
 1960 The Westerner (TV Series)
Sal
- Dos Pinos (1960) ... Sal
 1960 The Crowded Sky
Gloria Panawek
 1960 Ocean's Eleven
Mrs. Bergdorf
 1960 Elmer Gantry
Prostitute (uncredited)
 1959-1960 The Man from Blackhawk (TV Series)
Lee Talman / Belle Dawson
- The Money Machine (1960) ... Lee Talman
- The Man Who Stole Happiness (1959) ... Belle Dawson
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Flo
- The Charlene Brenton Story (1960) ... Flo
 1960 Lock Up (TV Series)
Agnes Walker
- Sentenced to Die (1960) ... Agnes Walker
 1960 The Slowest Gun in the West (TV Movie)
Kathy McQueen
 1958-1960 M Squad (TV Series)
Lisa Grange / Thelma Goodrich
- Man with the Ice (1960) ... Lisa Grange
- The Slow Trap (1958) ... Thelma Goodrich
 1960 The Deputy (TV Series)
Rosy
- Dark Reward (1960) ... Rosy
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Tory
- Piano Man (1960) ... Tory
 1957-1960 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Judy / Harriet Lawrence
- Ralph the Cat (1958) ... Judy
- The Story of Steve Logan (1957) ... Harriet Lawrence
 1960 Johnny Midnight (TV Series)
Bess / Myra Mallory
- Sweet-Tooth Murder (1960) ... Bess
- Death Over My Shoulder (1960) ... Myra Mallory
 1958-1959 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Grace Williams / Lucy Slater
- The Inner Circle (1959) ... Grace Williams
- Double Showdown (1958) ... Lucy Slater
 1959 Wichita Town (TV Series)
Myra Dudley
- Day of Battle (1959) ... Myra Dudley
 1959 Not for Hire (TV Series)
Molly Field
- Personal Disappearance (1959) ... Molly Field
 1958-1959 Maverick (TV Series)
Belle Starr / Lil
- Full House (1959) ... Belle Starr
- Day of Reckoning (1958) ... Lil
 1954-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Sarah's Friend / Nurse / Irene
- Night Club (1959) ... Sarah's Friend
- The Charlatan (1956) ... Nurse
- The Face Is Familiar (1954) ... Irene
 1958-1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Manila Jones / Meghan Francis / Ruth / ...
- Montana Kid (1959) ... Manila Jones
- The Kovack Affair (1959) ... Meghan Francis
- Eager Man (1959) ... Ruth
- Ricochet (1958) ... Dora Gaines
 1959 21 Beacon Street (TV Series)
Elaine
- The Trap (1959) ... Elaine
 1959 Border Patrol (TV Series)
Marie
- Time Out (1959) ... Marie
 1959 Yancy Derringer (TV Series)
Jessie Belle
- The Quiet Firecracker (1959) ... Jessie Belle
 1958-1959 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Sarah Curtiz / Libby Callaway
- The Black Diamond (1959) ... Sarah Curtiz (as Jean Willis)
- Strange Vengeance (1958) ... Libby Callaway
 1959 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
Evelyn
- Bob Goes to Sea (1959) ... Evelyn
- Bob Tangles with Engel (1959) ... Evelyn
 1959 Zorro (TV Series)
Carlotta
- Manhunt (1959) ... Carlotta
 1959 The George Burns Show (TV Series)
Norma Willis
- Breaking Up the Team (1959) ... Norma Willis
 1957-1959 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Irene Wallace / Anita Bonsal
- The Case of the Romantic Rogue (1959) ... Irene Wallace
- The Case of the Crimson Kiss (1957) ... Anita Bonsal
 1959 The Texan (TV Series)
Martha Driscoll
- The Man Behind the Star (1959) ... Martha Driscoll
 1959 The Rough Riders (TV Series)
Belle Starr
- Double Cross (1959) ... Belle Starr
 1959 Grand Jury (TV Series)
Margie
- The Woman Who Talked (1959) ... Margie
 1959 Special Agent 7 (TV Series)
 1958 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Mrs. Kingsley
- The Blood Line (1958) ... Mrs. Kingsley
 1955-1958 The Lineup (TV Series)
Alice Burnett / Jane Anthony
- The False Witness Case (1955) ... Alice Burnett
- The Murphy Robbery Case (1955) ... Jane Anthony
 1958 Frontier Doctor (TV Series)
Fancy Varden
- Queen of the Cimarron (1958) ... Fancy Varden
 1958 Target (TV Series)
Agnes Walker
- Unreasonable Doubt (1958) ... Agnes Walker
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
Laura Dawson
- The Tall Man (1958) ... Laura Dawson
 1957-1958 State Trooper (TV Series)
Ruby Nowell / Ann / Jackie Purcell
- Key to a Killer (1958) ... Ruby Nowell
- 312 Vertical (1958) ... Ann
- Out of Line (1957) ... Jackie Purcell
 1958 No Time for Sergeants
WAF Captain
 1958 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Lori Richards / Rose Stone
- Play Belles' Toll (1958) ... Lori Richards
- Husbands Are Bad Luck ... Rose Stone
 1958 Desire Under the Elms
Florence Cabot
 1958 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Blanche Raymer
- Circle of Fear (1958) ... Blanche Raymer
 1958 Trackdown (TV Series)
Janette York
- The Bounty Hunter (1958) ... Janette York
 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Madge
- The George Dale Case (1958) ... Madge
 1958 The Californians (TV Series)
Susan Jones
- The Coward (1958) ... Susan Jones
 1958 Official Detective (TV Series)
Pat
- Hijackers (1958) ... Pat
 1958 Whirlybirds (TV Series)
Jessica Johns
- Glamour Girl (1958) ... Jessica Johns
 1956-1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Marcy / Kate Asher / Jenny Gracie
- Gift from a Gunman (1957) ... Marcy
- The Necessary Breed (1957) ... Kate Asher
- The Long Road Home (1956) ... Jenny Gracie
 1957 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Mary Whitman
- The Crowd Pleaser (1957) ... Mary Whitman
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Christine
- Barbary Coast (1957) ... Christine
 1957 Man Without a Gun (TV Series)
- Decoy (1957)
 1957 Hear Me Good
Rita Hall
 1957 The Tijuana Story
Liz March
 1957 The Adventures of McGraw (TV Series)
Vera / Loretta Travers
- The Cheat (1957) ... Vera
- Keys of the City (1957) ... Loretta Travers
 1957 Hell on Devil's Island
Suzanne
 1954-1957 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Alice / Ruth Emerson / Madame Olga / ...
- A Marital Mix-Up (1957) ... Ruth Emerson
- The Fortune Teller (1957) ... Madame Olga
- The Costume Party (1956) ... Geraldine
 1957 The Gray Ghost (TV Series)
Ansonia / Ansonia Forde
- Horses for Stuart (1957) ... Ansonia
- Mosby's Rangers (1957) ... Ansonia Forde
 1957 The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (TV Series)
Doris Conover
- The Secret of the Sea (1957) ... Doris Conover
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Rachel Schwan / Florence Bolton
- Our First Christmas Tree (1956) ... Rachel Schwan
- The Bowery Bishop (1956) ... Florence Bolton
 1956 The King and Four Queens
Ruby McDade
 1956 Toward the Unknown
Carmen (uncredited)
 1956 Crusader (TV Series)
Fay Martin
- Innocent Bystander (1956) ... Fay Martin
 1956 The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu (TV Series)
Ann Judson
- The Golden God of Dr. Fu Manchu (1956) ... Ann Judson
 1956 Frontier (TV Series)
Ruth
- The Return of Jubal Dolan (1956) ... Ruth
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Roberta Lawrence
- Claire (1956) ... Roberta Lawrence
 1956 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Amy Pelton
- Bat Masterson Again (1956) ... Amy Pelton (as Jean Willis)
 1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Claire Gallatin
- Showdown at Painted Rock (1956) ... Claire Gallatin
 1956 The Lieutenant Wore Skirts
Joan Sweeney
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
Jenny
- Three Strikes and Out (1956) ... Jenny
 1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Girl Shopper
- The Elusive Dime (1956) ... Girl Shopper
 1955 He Took a Powder (Short)
 1955 Bobby Ware Is Missing
Janet Ware
 1953-1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Helen Anchor / Lucy / Allyson Pender
- Let the Chips Fall (1955) ... Helen Anchor
- The House Always Wins (1955) ... Lucy
- The Man on the Train (1953) ... Allyson Pender (as Jean Willis)
 1955 Count Three and Pray
Selma (uncredited)
 1955 The Great Gildersleeve (TV Series)
Eva Jane Wingate
- One Too Many Secretaries ... Eva Jane Wingate
 1955 Tales of the Texas Rangers (TV Series)
Belle Bishop
- Carnival Criss-Cross (1955) ... Belle Bishop
 1955 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Virginia Kincaid
- The Stones Began to Move (1955) ... Virginia Kincaid
 1955 5 Against the House
Virginia
 1955 Nobody's Home (Short)
Eddie's Wife
 1955 The Man Behind the Badge (TV Series)
Helen
 1955 Gypped in the Penthouse (Short)
Jane
 1955 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
Emma Hutchins
- Rube Burrows (1955) ... Emma Hutchins
 1955 Medic (TV Series)
Catherine Parker
- Breath of Life (1955) ... Catherine Parker
 1955 His Pest Friend (Short)
Eddie's Wife
 1955 Bowery to Bagdad
Claire Culpepper
 1954-1955 Adventures of the Falcon (TV Series)
Jan Megley / Peggy Hill / Christine
- Hot Cargo (1955) ... Jan Megley
- Murder with Hi Fi (1954) ... Peggy Hill
- The Case of the Babbling Brook (1954) ... Christine
 1955 Passport to Danger (TV Series)
Lily
- New York (1955) ... Lily
 1955 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Ed McClinty
- The Oil Story (1955) ... Ed McClinty
 1954 Masterson of Kansas
Dallas Corey
 1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
 1954 The Mickey Rooney Show (TV Series)
Cynthia
- The Other Woman (1954) ... Cynthia (as Jean Willis)
 1954 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Myra Loomis
- Model for Murder (1954) ... Myra Loomis
 1954 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- The First Prize (1954)
 1954 City Detective (TV Series)
Jennifer
- Episode #1.18 (1954) ... Jennifer
 1953 The Glass Web
Sonia
 1953 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Marion Cummings
- Five Minutes to Doom (1953) ... Marion Cummings
 1953 Run for the Hills
Frances Veach
 1953 Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
Capt. Olivia
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Sally Sherman
- Double Exposure (1953) ... Sally Sherman
 1953 I'm the Law (TV Series)
Hazel Farrell
- The Powder Box Smuggling Story (1953) ... Hazel Farrell
 1953 All Ashore
Rose
 1953 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
Doris Wentworth
- Efficiency Experts (1953) ... Doris Wentworth
 1953 The Range Rider (TV Series)
Gail Colfax
- Border City Affair (1953) ... Gail Colfax (as Jean Willis)
 1952 Big Town (TV Series)
Dotsie O'Connor
- The Shill (1952) ... Dotsie O'Connor
 1952 Torpedo Alley
Peggy Moran (uncredited)
 1952 Son of Paleface
Penelope (uncredited)
 1952 The Sniper
Woman on Street (uncredited)
 1952 Gobs and Gals
Mrs. Riley - Gerrens' Secretary (uncredited)
 1952 A Yank in Indo-China
Cleo
 1952 Rootin' Tootin' Tenderfeet (Short)
Mrs. Luke
 1952 The First Time
Fawn Wallace (uncredited)
 1952 A Fool and His Honey (Short)
Wally's Wife
 1952 China Smith (TV Series)
Loretta Travers / Marchetta St. John
- Killer in the Kampong (1952) ... Loretta Travers (as Jean Wilkes)
- The Kaprielian Cipher ... Marchetta St. John
 1952 The Files of Jeffrey Jones (TV Series)
- The Crooked Hoop (1952)
 1951 The Champs Step Out (Short)
Miss Pearson (as Jean Donahue)
 1951 Hula-La-La (Short)
Luana
 1951 The Family Secret
Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
 1951 Boston Blackie (TV Series)
Jewel Howard
- Oil Field Murder (1951) ... Jewel Howard
 1951 Front Page Detective (TV Series)
Josephine Blake
- The Little Black Book (1951) ... Josephine Blake
 1951 Never Trust a Gambler
The Brunette at Police Station (uncredited)
 1951 Don't Throw That Knife (Short)
Lucy Wyckoff
 1951 The Awful Sleuth (Short)
Bert's Wife
 1951 Blonde Atom Bomb (Short)
The Golddigger (as Jean Donahue)
 1951 Wine, Women and Bong (Short) (as Jean Donahue)
 1951 He Flew the Shrew (Short)
Gertie Werson
 1950 Revenue Agent
Marge King
 1950 A Snitch in Time (Short)
Miss Gladys Scudder
 1950 Emergency Wedding
Guest (uncredited)
 1950 Foy Meets Girl (Short)
 1950 The Fuller Brush Girl
Mary (uncredited)
 1950 A Slip and a Miss (Short)
 1950 The Petty Girl
Fleeing Chorine (uncredited)
 1950 House About It (Short)
Eddie's Wife (as Jean Donahue)
 1950 David Harding, Counterspy
Nurse (uncredited)
 1950 Kill the Umpire
Pretty Girl (uncredited)
 1950 Marinated Mariner (Short)
Betty Grant
 1950 A Woman of Distinction
Pearl - Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
 1950 Hold That Monkey (Short)
 1950 His Baiting Beauty (Short)
Ethel Dunkel (as Jean Donahue)
 1949 Let Down Your Aerial (Short)
Eddie's Wife
 1948 The Mating of Millie
Party Girl (uncredited)
 1947 Blondie in the Dough
Miss Marsh, Thorpe's Secretary (uncredited)
 1947 Hectic Honeymoon (Short)
Ruth Jones
 1947 Down to Earth
Betty (as Jean Donahue)
 1947 Bride and Gloom (Short)
Sally (as Jean Donahue)
 1947 Scooper Dooper (Short)
Betty Parker (as Jean Donahue)
 1947 Cigarette Girl
D.A.'s Secretary (uncredited)
 1946 Slappily Married (Short)
Customer (uncredited)
 1946 Blondie Knows Best
Dr. Titus's Nurse / Receptionist (uncredited)
 1946 Honeymoon Blues (Short)
Peggy Dawson (as Jean Donahue)
 1946 Sing While You Dance
Miss Flint (as Jean Donahue)
 1946 Monkey Businessmen (Short)
Nurse Shapely (uncredited)
 1946 Ain't Love Cuckoo? (Short)
Cuckoo Narrator (as Jean Donahue)
 1945 Incendiary Blonde
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
 1945 You Came Along
Showgirl (uncredited)
 1945 Salty O'Rourke
The Other Girl (uncredited)
 1944 Here Come the Waves
Johnny Cabot Fan (uncredited)
 1943 So Proudly We Hail!
Lt. Carol Johnson
 1942 Beautiful Clothes (Short)
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