Jean Hale, 1938 – 2021

Jean Hale: American actress on screen 1960 – 1975. Obituary below.

Jean Hale, Actress in ‘In Like Flint’ and ‘Batman,’ Dies at 82

By Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, September 27, 2021

Jean Hale, who tussled with James Coburn’s character in the spy spoof In Like Flint and portrayed the hatcheck-girl accomplice of David Wayne’s Mad Hatter on TV’s Batman, has died. She was 82. Hale died Aug. 3 of natural causes in Santa Monica, her family announced Monday.

The glamourous Salt Lake City native appeared in other films including Taggart (1964), The Oscar (1966) and The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) and on television on Perry Mason, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Bonanza, The Fugitive, Hawaii Five-O, McHale’s Navy, My Favorite Martian, Hogan’s Heroes, The Wild Wild West and Mod Squad.

In the Fox CinemaScope film In Like Flint (1967), Hale’s Lisa Norton works for an organization made up of female business executives who brainwash women (through the use of salon hairdryers that transmit subliminal messages!) into trying to overthrow the male-dominated world. Coburn’s superspy Derek Flint attempts to stop them.

Also in 1967, Hale showed up as the moll Polly, who helps the evil Mad Hatter in his effort to steal Batman’s cowl for his collection, in the season-two two-parter “The Contaminated Cowl” and “The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul” on ABC’s Batman.

At the time of her death, Hale was working on a script called “Being Jeannie” based on the true story of a woman who impersonated her in the 1960s, married 10 men across Texas and Oklahoma and stole their money.

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