Jean Hale, who lived with fatal blondes in the 1960s, died on Aug. 3 of natural causes in Santa Monica, aged 82. The death was announced by her family on Monday (27/9). At this time, a cause of death has not been released. however, she might have died due to old age.
The actress worked as a model before being “discovered” by Sandra Dee’s agent one afternoon when she was carefree walking down Fifth Avenue in New York. The encounter earned him a contract with 20th Century Fox and led to her film debut in 1963 in the horror film “Violent Midnight”.
In the next film, she was already stamping a poster, rifle in hand, helping to sell the western B “Empire of Revenge” (1964). But her leading career did not take off, and the studio shifted her to appear in several series, before returning her to theaters in a small role in “Hollywood Confidence” (1966).
Between the big and small screens, she ended up attracting more attention as Polly, henchman of the Mad Hatter in a double episode of the 2nd season of “Batman”, produced by Fox in 1967.
She came back to play a villain in a movie released the same year, facing James Coburn in the spy parody “Flint: Ultimate Danger,” in which spy Derek Flint must defeat a criminal organization made up of only gorgeous women.
Hale also appeared in Roger Corman’s 1967 “The Chicago Massacre,” her last film for 20th Century Fox, which ended its most productive year.
However, without getting new movie roles after the end of the contract, she gradually grew tired of appearing in series. 1970 stayed away from the screens entirely. Then, she made an episode of “The Virginia Man” in 1971, another of “Mod Squad” in 1972, then giving more space, three years, to re-emerge in “Cannon”, her last series in 1975.
Hale even resumed her acting career in 1987 to record three farewell telefilms. The last one, “Lies Before Kisses”, was shown on the CBS network in 1991.
Off-screen, she was married to actor Dabney Coleman (“Boardwalk Empire”) from 1961 until her divorce in 1984, when she founded an entertainment production company, which has continued to expand until recently.
At the time of her death, Hale was working on a screenplay called “Being Jeannie” based on the true story of a woman who impersonated her during her heyday in the 1960s, just to apply scams. Fake Jean Hale married 10 men in Texas and Oklahoma and stole all their money.