Photo of Dee Wallace Dee Wallace

A prolific television and film actress best known for her memorable portrayals of harried mothers, Dee Wallace was born in Kansas City, Kan., on Dec. 14, 1948. After starring in an ad for Imperial Margarine at age 8, she earned a theater degree and taught high school English for a year before moving to New York to pursue her craft.

The groundbreaking sci-fi film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) gave the actress a chance to show off her skills alongside a cast of gifted young actors that included Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore. The following year, she starred in the high-profile horror project Cujo (1983), protecting a young Danny Pintauro from a rabid dog. But as well-known as those films have become, Wallace has never enjoyed the same name recognition.

Other notable credits include The Stepford Wives (1975), The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and The Howling (1981).

Dee Wallace in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

1982 PG

With new scenes and special effects, the 20th anniversary re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1982 smash hit tells the heartwarming story of the special bond 10-year-old Elliot forges with an alien he names E.T.

  • Dee Wallace in Extraordinary Measures Extraordinary Measures
  • Dee Wallace in The Lords of Salem The Lords of Salem
  • Dee Wallace in The Hills Have Eyes The Hills Have Eyes
  • Dee Wallace in Critters Critters
  • Dee Wallace in The Frighteners The Frighteners
  • Dee Wallace in The House of the Devil The House of the Devil
  • Dee Wallace in The Howling The Howling
  • Dee Wallace in 10 10
  • Dee Wallace in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto The Haunted World of El Superbeasto
  • Dee Wallace in Hansel & Gretel Hansel & Gretel
  • Dee Wallace in Secret Admirer Secret Admirer
  • Dee Wallace in The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (The 80s) The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (The 80s)
  • Dee Wallace in Huck & the King of Hearts Huck & the King of Hearts
  • Dee Wallace in Search and Rescue / River of Rage Search and Rescue / River of Rage
  • Dee Wallace in Black Circle Boys Black Circle Boys
  • Dee Wallace in Killer Instinct Killer Instinct
  • Dee Wallace in Sex and the Teenage Mind Sex and the Teenage Mind
  • Dee Wallace in Illusion Infinity Illusion Infinity
  • Dee Wallace in The Blue Rose The Blue Rose
  • Dee Wallace in Voodoo Moon Voodoo Moon
  • Dee Wallace in The Lost The Lost
  • Dee Wallace in Headspace Headspace
  • Dee Wallace in Scar Scar
  • Dee Wallace in Abominable Abominable
  • Dee Wallace in The Eden Formula The Eden Formula
  • Dee Wallace in The Plague The Plague
  • Dee Wallace in J-ok'el: La Llorona J-ok'el: La Llorona
  • Dee Wallace in Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh
  • Dee Wallace in Bedrooms Bedrooms
  • Dee Wallace in Babysitters Beware Babysitters Beware
  • Dee Wallace in Dark Fields Dark Fields
  • Dee Wallace in Exit Humanity Exit Humanity
  • Dee Wallace in Bonnie and Clyde Justified Bonnie and Clyde Justified