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Jeanne Bates (May 21 1918November 28 2007) was an Americanmarker radio, film and television actress. She signed a contract with Columbia Pictures in 1942 which began her career in films both in bit parts and larger roles.


She began her acting career while attending San Mateo Junior College, with roles on radio soap operas produced in San Franciscomarker. Bates had the lead role, and supplied the signature scream, on the radio mystery series Whodunit. She married the writer of Whodunit, Lew X. Lansworth (b. 1904, d. 1981), in 1943.

She also had her film debut in 1943, in a Boston Blackie mystery, The Chance of a Lifetime. She played Bela Lugosi's first victim in Return of the Vampire (1943), Diana Palmer in The Phantom (1943), and she had a minor role in Death of a Salesman (1952). Bates worked steadily in television beginning in the 1950s and is remembered for playing Nurse Wills on the weekly program Ben Casey (1961-66). Bates, who also taught acting, also appeared, as Mrs. X, in David Lynch's Eraserhead (1977).

Bates' last roles were small parts in Die Hard 2 (1992) and Mulholland Drive (2001).


She died of breast cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Californiamarker, aged 89.

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