R.I.P. Jean Hale, the Mad Hatter's moll on Batman who married Dabney Coleman

She twice played an accused client of Perry Mason. She was 82.

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Batman wore pink. Well, it happened one time, in "The Contaminated Cowl." In that adventure, deep into the second season of Batman, the Mad Hatter (David Wayne) turns the Caped Crusader's cowl a bright pink with radiation. Assisting him in the crime was his accomplice, Polly, played by Jean Hale. She was a hat-check girl, of course.

Months later, in the spring of 1967, Hale appeared in her largest and most memorable role — as Lisa, operative of the sinister "Fabulous Face" organization in the randy James Coburn spy spoof In Like Flint. Riding the coattails of James Bond, secret agent Derek Flint (Coburn) skewed closer to Austin Powers. As the female lead, Hale was the "Bond Girl" — well, "Flint Girl" — in this hit sequel.

Hale began her screen career at the start of the Sixties, with an uncredited role in the crime series Naked City. A year later, in 1961, she married fellow actor Dabney Coleman. The two had trained and studied acting together under Sydney Pollack at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. The couple remained hitched until 1984 and had four children together. Her classmates also included James Caan and Christopher Lloyd.

That initial role led to meatier guest spots on My Favorite MartianThe Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Wagon Train. Though, she turned down a breakthrough role in BUtterfield 8 (and later turned down Valley of the Dolls… and lost the lead in Bonnie and Clyde) but eventually found her footing in McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (1965), a movie that required her to dye her hair blonde. She kept the platinum locks and became typecast as a sensuous seductress.

The Utah native twice appeared on Perry Mason, twice charged with murder as Perry's clients Reggie Lansfield ("The Case of the Murderous Mermaid") and Carla Chaney ("The Case of the Laughing Lady"). On Hogan's Heroes, in "I Look Better in Basic Black," she portrayed an American entertainer who accidentally stumbled upon a rocket factory and ended up in Stalag 13.

Her acting career petered out in the '70s, with her last series guest spot coming in an episode of Cannon. But she moved to a role behind the scenes, co-founding Coleman-Tanasescu Entertainment with Gino Tanasescu.

On August 3, Hale passed away from natural causes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 82.

 
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SteveThames 22 days ago
Everyday l lose a piece of my youth🥲
I know how you feel. 😥
EricFuller 22 days ago
She was also in "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" playing George Segal's wife.
DethBiz 22 days ago
RIP Jean Hale. Love the Flint movies and James Coburn's over the top acting in them. Flint skewed closer to Austin Powers? Wouldn't it be more appropriate to say Austin Powers ripped off the Flint movies even the ring of the telephone? Next they will say Quentin Tarantino actually came up with an original idea for a movie.
Pacificsun DethBiz 22 days ago
True. The music was great too.
BrittReid 23 days ago
Another one of my favorites gone. R.I.P. Jean Hale. You were great as Myrtle.
cperrynaples 23 days ago
Interesting footnote: At the time of her death, Hale was developing a film about a woman who stole Hale's identity as part of a plan to swindle money from men!
LoveMETV22 23 days ago
Belated R.I.P. Jean Hale. I'll have to watch for her appearances mentioned in the story.
WordsmithWorks 23 days ago
I like these stories about lesser-known actors, the ones that make you say "that's right (s)he WAS in that!"
Zip WordsmithWorks 23 days ago
Even though I don't remember Jean Hale, I agree with you. And when I don't remember them, as in this case, it makes me want to look more into their roles. I may even recognize them now in the classic shows that I watch, and say, "hey, that's...".
Peter_Falk_Fan 23 days ago
Jean Hale was great as George Segal's moll in "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre". R.I.P. Jean Hale, a beautiful, talented actress.
Tresix Peter_Falk_Fan 23 days ago
Seeing the two of them duke it out over that $3K coat is the highlight of that movie!
AgingDisgracefully 23 days ago
Jean was on The Hubba-Hubba Spectrum while not being a ditz.
JHP AgingDisgracefully 22 days ago
amen -a -roni she could munch on crackers in my sack anytime:)
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