Dee Wallace

Dee Wallace

Born Deanna Bowers
(1948-12-14) December 14, 1948
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Other names Dee Wallace-Stone
Alma mater University of Kansas
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Christopher Stone (m. 1980; d. 1995)
Skip Belyea (m. 1998)
Children Gabrielle Stone

Dee Wallace or Dee Wallace Stone (born Deanna Bowers on December 14, 1948)[1] is an American actress. She is known for her scream queen roles in several popular films in the horror genre, including The Hills Have Eyes (1977), The Howling (1981) and Cujo (1983).[2] Her most widely seen role is a starring role as Elliott's mother, Mary, in the Steven Spielberg film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Her other film appearances include The Stepford Wives (1975), 10 (1979) and Critters (1986). She was nominated for the 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her role on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.

Personal life

Wallace was born Deanna Bowers in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Maxine (née Nichols) and Robert Stanley Bowers.[1][3] She attended Wyandotte High School before attending the University of Kansas and graduating with an education degree. She briefly taught high school drama at Washington High School in her native Kansas City in the early 1970s.

She was briefly married first to Barry Wallace and still uses his and her second husbands names in her career. This marriage ended in divorce.

She married fellow actor Christopher Stone in 1980, with whom she had one daughter, actor and filmmaker Gabrielle Stone.[4] Christopher Stone died fifteen years later of a heart attack. Wallace married television producer Skip Belyea in 1998.[5]

Aside from acting, Wallace is also a public speaker, and self-help author, having written three books, and has her own call-in radio show where she talks exclusively about the creation of the "self".[6] Wallace often speaks about how you can get through tough times with determination and love. She has also written a book called Bright Light, about her life lessons from an acting career.Wallace had a stalker, Russell Robinson, who was arrested after following her to several personal appearances.


She appeared in the television series Together We Stand (1986–1987) and the syndicated The New Lassie (1989–1992). In the latter series, she appeared with her now late husband Christopher Stone, with whom she also co-starred in The Howling (1981) and Cujo (1983). She starred in Rob Zombie's re-imagining of Halloween, as Cynthia Strode, Laurie's adoptive mother.

In 2009, she played the role of Nancy Dooly, Vincent's mother in The Mother of Invention. She appeared in the horror film The Ocean, the western Between the Sand and the Sky and the horror-thriller Sebastian. The latter movie stars Daeg Faerch, Meadow Williams, Betsy Rue, Meg Foster and Greg Vaughan. She is also featured in the eighth season of The Office as the mother of Andy Bernard, in the episode "Garden Party".[7] She also appeared on Grimm as Monroe's mother.

In March 2015, Wallace was cast on General Hospital as Patricia Spencer, the unseen, long-lost older sister of Luke and Bobbie Spencer.[8] For this role, she was nominated for the 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series.



Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Stepford Wives Nettie the Maid
1977 The Hills Have Eyes Lynne Wood
1979 10 Mary Lewis
1981 The Howling Karen White
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Mary
Jimmy the Kid May
1983 Cujo Donna Trenton
1985 Secret Admirer Connie Ryan Aka: The Letter
1986 Critters Helen Brown
1987 Legend of the White Horse Alta
1991 Popcorn Suzanne
Alligator II: The Mutation Christine Hodges Direct-to-video
Rock-a-Doodle Dory - Mother
1992 Rescue Me Sarah Sweeney
1993 Lightning in a Bottle Jean Markley
1995 Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back Georgia
The Phoenix and the Carpet Mother Aka: The Phoenix and the Magic Carpet
1996 The Frighteners Patricia Ann Bradley
1997 Invisible Mom Laura Griffin
Nevada Ruby
1999 Pirates of the Plain Glenna
2001 A Month of Sundays Sarah McCabe
2005 Headspace Dr. Denise Bell
Boo Nurse Russell
2006 Kalamazoo? Susan
Abominable Ethel Hoss
Expiration Date Lucille
The Plague Nora
2007 J-ok'el Helen Moret Aka: Curse of the Weeping Woman: J-ok'el
Bone Dry Joanne
Halloween Cynthia Strode
The Blue Rose Mrs. Garrison
2009 The House of the Devil Landlady
Stay Cool Mrs. McCarthy
The Mother of Invention Nancy Dooly
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Trixie Voice
Dark Fields Jean Applebe
2010 Extraordinary Measures Sal
Bedrooms Marnie
Pound of Flesh Dean Jean Clark
2011 Exodus Fall Shirley Minor
2011 Bad Actress herself film
2012 The Lords of Salem Sonny
The Boarder Elizabeth
2013 Hansel & Gretel Lilith
2014 Ejecta Ashley Winnington-Ball
2014 Haunting of Cellblock 11 Ms. Simon
2014 Love & Mercy Lilith


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Lucas Tanner Waitress Episode: Merry Gentlemen
1975 The Streets of San Francisco Joan Warren Episode: The Programming of Charlie Blake
Ellery Queen Waitress/Mamie 2 episodes
1977 Man from Atlantis Hot Dog Stand Owner Episode: Melt Down
Starsky & Hutch Carol Wade Episode: The Crying Child
Police Woman Shana Fayette Episode: Did You Still Beat My Wife
The San Pedro Beach Bums Lisa Episode: Godfathers Five
1978 Barnaby Jones Amy Vickers Episode: Terror on a Quite Afternoon
Police Story Sharon Shay Episode: A Chance to Live
Lou Grant Patti Episode: Hooker
1979 Hart to Hart Connie Episode: Jonathan Hart, Jr.
Trapper John, M.D. Dr. Valerie Tatum Episode: The Adventures of the Chinese Dog
Mrs. Columbo Janet Rutledge Episode: Ladies of the Afternoon
Taxi Joyce Episode: Alex Romance
CHiPs Sheila Episode: Death Watch
1978–1979 Hart to Hart Sheila/Angie 2 episodes
1980 Skag Nora 2 episodes
Here's Boomer Alice Episode: Molly
1981 ABC Afterschool Special Sue Jinkins Episode: Run, Don't Walk
Child Bride of Short Creek Mary Jacobs Movie
1982, 1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special Fran Welsh/Jan Fischer 2 episodes
1983 Wait till Your Mother Gets Home! Pat Peters Movie
1985 Finder of Lost Loves Gail Aames Episode: Mister Wonderful
Simon & Simon Carol Brooks Episode: Love and/or Marriage
The Twilight Zone Janice Hammond Segment: Wish Bank
1986–87 Together We Stand Lori Randall Aka: Nothing Is Easy, 19 episodes
1984, 1986–87 Hotel Helen Johnson/Lisa Mason/Pamela 3 episodes
1987 Bushfire Moon Elizabeth O'Day Aka: Miracle Down Under, Movie
1988 Stranger on My Land Annie Winters Movie
1989, 1991 Murder, She Wrote Ellen Wicker/Mildred Terhune 2 episodes
1989–92 The New Lassie Dee McCullough 35 episodes
1990 I'm Dangerous Tonight Wanda Thatcher Movie
1991 P.S. I Luv U Mitzi Packer Episode:Pilot
1992 FBI: The Untold Stories Darlene Episode: Mommie Dearest
L.A. Law Eliane Weston Episode: Wine Knot
1994 Witness to the Execution Emily Dawson Movie
Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy Suzanne Guthrie Movie
Vanishing Son IV Megan Movie
Rebel Highway Mrs. Gordon Episode: Runaway Daughters
1997 Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder Linda Jones Aka: Swearing Allegiance, Movie
JAG Congresswoman Adele DeLong Episode:Crossing the Line
Touched by an Angel Sandra Browner Episode: A Delicate Balance
1999 Nash Bridges Susan Martin Episode: Resurrection
Ally McBeal Gail Clarkson Episode: Buried Pleasures
2001 She's No Angel Shawnessy Movie
Felicity Allison Covington 2 episodes
2002 The Division Paula Meeks Episode: Beyond the Grave
She Spies Daphne Episode: First Episode
2003 The Agency Doris, Quinn's Sister Episode: Our Man in Korea
2004 The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story Sharon Rocha Movie
2005 Voodoo Moon Mary-Ann Movie
Cold Case Charlotte Jones Episode: Strange Fruit
Crossing Jordan Lorraine Heeley Episode: Total Recall
2006 Bones Special Agent Callie Warner Episode: The Woman in Limbo
Voodoo Moon Mary-Ann Movie
The Eden Formula Rhonda Shapton Movie
Without a Trace Lara Duncan Episode: All the Sinners, Saints
Close to Home Joan Monroe Episode: There's Something About Martha
2006–07 Sons & Daughters Colleen Halbert 11 episodes
2007 Grey's Anatomy Joan Waring Episode: Time After Time
My Name Is Earl The Governor/The Warden's Wife/Katherine Hazelwood 3 episodes
Ghost Whisperer Claire Taylor Episode: Holiday Spirit
2008 Saving Grace Janice Shapiro Episode: A Survivor Lives Here
Criminal Minds Dr. Jan Mohikian Episode: Memoriam
2009 The Magic 7 Sean's Mom Voice, Movie
2010 Happy Town Alice Conroy Episode: Blame It on Rio Bravo
Law & Order: LA Ellen Powell Episode: Sylmar
Detroit 1-8-7 Marni Eckhart Episode: Home Invasion/Drive-By
2011 The Office Ellen Bernard Episode: Garden Party
2011 Switched at Birth Lorena McGowen/Patrick 2 episodes
2012 Warehouse 13 Ellen Powell Episode: Sylmar
2013 Robocroc Dr. Riley Syfy Movie (9/13/13)
2014 Grimm Alice 3 episodes
2015 General Hospital Patricia Spencer 3 episodes
The Whispers Willie Starling 4 episodes
2016 Supernatural (U.S. TV series) Mildred Baker 1 episode


  1. 1 2 "Dee Wallace Stone Biography (1948-)".
  2. "Dee Wallace Talks Horror -- Exclusive Video Interview".
  3. Dee Wallace fansite; accessed April 9, 2015.
  4. "Jerry Saravia on cinema and pop culture". Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  5. "20 years later, Dee Wallace Stone's "E.T." performance still charms". Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  6. "I AM Dee Wallace". I Am Dee Wallace. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  7. "'The Office': Stephen Collins, Dee Wallace to guest as...". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  8. SOD (March 6, 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: GENERAL HOSPITAL CASTS PAT!". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
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