Jean Wallace in The Big Combo
October 12, 1923
|Died||February 14, 1990 66) (aged|
(m. 1941; div. 1948)
Jim Lloyd Randall
(m. 1950; annul. 1950)
(m. 1951; div. 1981)
Wallace was born in Chicago to John T. Walaszek and Mary A. Walaszek (née Sharkey), Her grandfather Karol Walaszek, immigrated from Galicia. She was Polish American.
Wallace was a graduate of Austin High School in Chicago. In 1940, the family moved to Hollywood.
Wallace began her career as a model. She made her screen debut when she was 17. Her first film, in which she had a bit part, was Louisiana Purchase (1941).
By the time she was 18, she had worked as a dancer and singer, including being a showgirl employed by Earl Carroll.
Wallace married her Jigsaw co-star Franchot Tone on October 18, 1941, in Yuma, Arizona. They divorced in 1948. They had two sons, Pascal "Pat" Franchot Tone (born July 29, 1943, and Thomas Jefferson Tone born September 16, 1945.
She was also married to former US Army Captain Jim Lloyd Randall (marriage and annulment in 1950), and to actor Cornel Wilde (her co-star in The Big Combo, Lancelot and Guinevere) from 1951, and Beach Red to 1981. She and Wilde had one son, Cornel Wilde, b. December 19, 1967).
Wallace attempted suicide in 1946 with sleeping pills, and in 1949 with a self-inflicted knife wound.
|1941||Ziegfeld Girl||Ziegfeld girl||Uncredited|
|Louisiana Purchase||Louisiana Belle|
|1943||Salute for Three||Hostess offering Buzz apple from basket|
|1944||You Can't Ration Love||Madge|
|1946||It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog||Bess Williams|
|1947||Blaze of Noon||Poppy|
|1948||When My Baby Smiles at Me||Sylvia Marco||Uncredited|
|1949||Jigsaw||Barbara Whitfield||Alternative title: Gun Moll|
|The Man on the Eiffel Tower||Edna Wallace|
|1950||The Good Humor Man||Bonnie Conroy|
|1951||Native Son||Mary Dalton||Alternative title: Sangre negra|
|1954||Star of India||Katrina||Alternative title: Stella dell'India|
|1955||The Big Combo||Susan Lowell|
|1957||The Devil's Hairpin||Kelly James|
|1963||Lancelot and Guinevere||Guinevere||Alternative title: Sword of Lancelot|
|1967||Beach Red||Julie MacDonald||Appears in flashback photos; sings the title song|
|1970||No Blade of Grass||Ann Custance||(Last appearance)|
|1952||Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||1 episode|
|1955||General Electric Theater||Leslie Mason||1 episode|
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