Jean Hale Coleman, who made more than 60 appearances in films and on TV staples of the ’60s and ’70s, has died. She was 82.
Her family said today that she died August 3 in Santa Monica.
For decades, Hale worked steadily on some of network TV’s biggest series including Bonanza, Hawaii Five-O, McHale’s Navy, My Favorite Martian, The Perry Mason Show, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Hogan’s Heroes, Cannon, The Wild Wild West and many others.
She also memorably played the Mad Hatter’s fetching paramour Polly, the hatcheck girl, in two episodes of the ABC’s iconic Batman series starring Adam West.
Hale was born December 27, 1938, in Salt Lake City to Doris Norrell and Stanton G. Hale. Her father was a major corporate leader of Mormon heritage and her great grandfather, Soloman Hale, owned a ranch with Brigham Young. She was raised in Darien, CT.
Hale was educated at the University of Utah and went on to attend Skidmore College. After college, she became a model for the Conover Agency and the Huntington Hartford Agency and studied at the acclaimed Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York, from which she also graduated.
At the Neighborhood Playhouse School she studied with Sydney Pollack and Martha Graham and alongside fellow students James Caan, Jerry Weintraub, Jessica Walter, Christopher Lloyd, Brenda Vaccaro, as well as future husband Dabney Coleman.
She and Coleman married in New York in 1961. They had three children, Kelly, Randy, and Quincy, before divorcing in 1984.
In the early 1960’s Hale was spotted by Sandra Dee’s agent Len Luskin walking down 5th Ave and, as a result, landed a contract with 20th Century Fox.
Her film roles include the 1967 spy parody In Like Flint — in which she co-starred opposite James Coburn — as well as Taggart, McHale’s Navy Joins the Air Force, The Oscar and Roger Corman’s The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre opposite Jason Robards and George Segal.
In 1984, she started a production company, Coleman-Tanasescu Entertainment, with partner Gino Tanasescu before branching out on her own in 2000.
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