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Also Known As: Dee Wallace, Deanna Bowers Died:
Born: December 14, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, acting teacher, English teacher (secondary school)

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This likable blonde dancer-turned-thespian gained international attention as the frazzled, clueless but good-hearted mother to a trying but adorable brood in Steven Spielberg's kidflick classic "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982). As Mary, Stone (then billed as "Dee Wallace") managed to cope with the demands of work, single parenthood and first contact with alien life while maintaining a sense of humor. When the film broke all previous box-office records, she seemed a solid bet to become the movie Mom for modern America. But it was not to be. Stone remained a steadily working actress in some films and much TV but never again headlined such a high-profile project. Before and after "E.T.", she fared best in several low- and medium-budget thrillers helmed by some interesting genre filmmakers. Otherwise, Stone has most often been seen in guest shots, undistinguished telefilms and youth-oriented specials, more often than not, still playing long-suffering mothers.

This likable blonde dancer-turned-thespian gained international attention as the frazzled, clueless but good-hearted mother to a trying but adorable brood in Steven Spielberg's kidflick classic "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982). As Mary, Stone (then billed as "Dee Wallace") managed to cope with the demands of work, single parenthood and first contact with alien life while maintaining a sense of humor. When the film broke all previous box-office records, she seemed a solid bet to become the movie Mom for modern America. But it was not to be. Stone remained a steadily working actress in some films and much TV but never again headlined such a high-profile project. Before and after "E.T.", she fared best in several low- and medium-budget thrillers helmed by some interesting genre filmmakers. Otherwise, Stone has most often been seen in guest shots, undistinguished telefilms and youth-oriented specials, more often than not, still playing long-suffering mothers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Grand Piano (2014)
2.
 Robocroc (2013)
3.
 Lords of Salem (2013)
4.
 Margarine Wars (2011)
5.
 Exodus Fall (2011)
6.
 Exit Humanity (2011)
8.
 Stay Cool (2009)
9.
 Dark Fields (2009)
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Born in Kansas City, MO; raised in Kansas City, KS
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Wore the Imperial Margarine "crown" in a commercial at age eight
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Taught high school English for a year while directing plays
1972:
Sent a letter, photo and audition request to Broadway producer Hal Prince (date approximate)
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Traveled to NYC to audition for "A Little Night Music" but lacked the necessary singing skills
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Remained in NYC; gained a coveted spot as a lead dancer in the Millikan Show, a traveling industrial product presentation starring Gwen Verdon and Robert Morse; earned her Equity Card
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Appeared in 300 commercials
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Traveled with Milliken Show to Los Angeles;
1974:
TV-movie debut, "The Sky's No Limit"
1975:
Film debut, played the small role of a maid in "The Stepford Wives"
1977:
First substantial supporting film role, Wes Craven's "The Hills Have Eyes"
1980:
First feature starring role, Joe Dante's "The Howling"; first film collaboration with future husband Christopher Stone
1982:
Played Elliot's divorced mother in Steven Spielberg's domestic box-office champ, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"
1983:
Co-starred with husband Stone in the Stephen King adaptation "Cujo"
1986:
Debut as TV series regular, co-starred with Elliot Gould in the short-lived CBS family sitcom, "Together We Stand"; series went on hiatus after a month
1987:
Reprised her role from "Together We Stand" in the failed retooled sitcom (without Gould) "Nothing is Easy"
1989:
Co-starred with Stone as the parents in "The New Adventures of Lassie", a syndicated revival series
1991:
Returned to features after a five year absence to play a supporting role in "Popcorn", a horror-comedy
1994:
Reteamed with director Joe Dante for the <i>Runaway Daughters</i> installment of Showtime's "Rebel Highway"
1995:
Played a regular in the NBC summer replacement adventure series "High Sierra Search and Rescue"
1996:
First role in a major film in over a decade, played a traumatized recluse in Peter Jackson's "The Frighteners"
2001:
Guest-starred on the WB's "Felicity"
2006:
Cast on the ABC series, "Sons & Daughters"
2007:
Cast in Rob Zombie's remake of the classic horror film "Halloween"
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Education

University of Kansas: Lawrence , Kansas - 1971
University of Kansas: Lawrence , Kansas - 1971

Notes

Stone was named after actress Deanna Durbin, a favorite of her mother.

Stone began serving as co-host as well as fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Telethon for KCET in Los Angeles in 1985.

Stone became the national spokesperson for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics in 1987.

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husband:
Christopher Stone. Actor. Born 1943; married June 28, 1980; met while appearing in the same "CHiPS" episode; acted together in the feature "Cujo"; died October 29, 1995 of heart attack.

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father:
Robert Stanley Bowers.
mother:
Maxine Bowers.
daughter:
Gabrielle Stone. Born November, 1988.

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