Actor Stage actor

Mary Dees

Quick Facts

A.K.A.Mary Ella Dees
Was Actor
Stage actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Birth 3 June 1911, Syracuse
Death 4 August 2004, Lake Worth
(aged 93 years)


Mary Ella Dees (June 3, 1911 – August 4, 2004) was an American stage and screen actress who once served as a primary stand-in double for late-1930s actress Jean Harlow. Dees had parts in The Last Gangster (1937), The Women (1939), as well as a number of Three Stooges shorts, which included Hoi Polloi (1935), and numerous Marx Brothers comedies.

Biography and career

Born in Syracuse, New York on June 3, 1911, the daughter of a successful lawyer, she was for a time raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

In 1937, upon the sudden death of actress Jean Harlow, Dees was cast by MGM boss Louis B. Mayer as a four-minute stand-in for Harlow, who was acting on the film Saratoga with Clark Gable, which was still in production at the time.

Later career

Dees appeared in her last film role in 1946, in the Marx Brothers film A Night in Casablanca. She continued to act on stage in repertory theatre until 1985.


Dees died on August 4, 2004 in Lake Worth, Florida, aged 93, after a long illness.