Deanna “Dee” Wallace (born December 14, 1948), also known as Dee Wallace Stone, is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Mary, the mother, in the 1982 blockbuster film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She is also known for her starring roles in several horror films including The Hills Have Eyes (1977), The Howling (1981), Cujo (1983) and Critters (1986), which earned her the title of “scream queen”.
Wallace began her career on television appearing in episodes of The Streets of San Francisco, Starsky and Hutch and Police Woman, before appearing in the box-office horror hit film The Hills Have Eyes (1977). In 1981, she played a leading role in the another horror film, The Howling opposite her husband Christopher Stone. They later starred together in Cujo (1983) based on Stephen King’s 1981 novel of the same name.
In 1982, Wallace went to star in Steven Spielberg’s science fiction film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). The film became the highest-grossing film of all time—a record held for eleven years until Jurassic Park, another Spielberg-directed film, surpassed it in 1993. Wallace received Saturn Award nomination for her performance. Wallace also starred in a number of comedy movies, include 10 (1979), Jimmy the Kid (1982) and Secret Admirer (1985). In 1986, she starred in the horror comedy film Critters (and its sequel Critters Attack! in 2019) and later starred in many horror films, most notable Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners (1996).
On television, Wallace played a leading role in the CBS sitcom Together We Stand from 1986 to 1987) and the family drama The New Lassie (1989–1992). She guest starred in episodes of the number of shows, include The Twilight Zone, Hotel, Murder, She Wrote, Touched by an Angel, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, My Name Is Earl, Criminal Minds, and The Office. In 2015, Wallace was cast on the ABC soap opera series General Hospital, as Patricia Spencer, the unseen, long-lost older sister of Luke and Bobbie Spencer. Wallace also appeared in the show Supernatural, in the episode titled “Into the Mystic (01/27/2016). She was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series.