Job Actress
Years active 1934-1972
Known for Hard-boiled painted ladies, golddiggers, party girls;, gangster molls, tough-as-nails saloon girls, no-nonsens WACs, haranguing wives
Top Roles Pearl, Switchboard Operator, Florence Cabot, Johnny Cabot Fan, Joan Sweeney, Betty
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, Crime, Musical, Short Films
Top TopicsBook-Based, Aviation, Heist
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), ,
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Jean Willes Overview:

Character actress, Jean Willes, was born on Apr 15, 1923 in Los Angeles, CA. Willes appeared in over 200 film and television roles. Her best known films include Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (as Capt. Olivia), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (as Nurse Sally Withers), Desire Under the Elms (as Florence Cabot), The King and Four Queens (as Ruby McDade), and No Time for Sergeants (as WAF Captain). Willes died at the age of 65 on Jan 3, 1989 in Van Nuys, CA .


Jean Willes was a tall, dark, strongly built American actress of handsome looks and forceful style. She had a couple of minor leading roles in the 1950s, but was usually seen either as a saloon girl or an officer in the forces, and never broke into the upper echelon of roles that her ability seemed to warrant. 

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Jean Willes Quotes:

Luana: The witchdoctor is a bad man.
Shemp: You can say that again.
Luana: The witchdoctor is a bad man.

Annette: That'll be four bucks, babyface. Two for initiation fee, two for this month's dues.
Robert E. Lee "Prew' Prewitt: What do I get for it?
Annette: Members are entitled to all privileges of the club, which includes dancing, snack bar, soft drink bar, and gentlemanly relaxation with the opposite gender - so long as they ARE gentlemen, and no liquor is permitted, got it?

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