Jeanette Nolan in The Big Heat

Jeanette Nolan (1911 - 1998)

Film Deaths:[edit | edit source]

  • Macbeth (1948) [Lady Macbeth]: Commits suicide by throwing herself off a cliff; we see her falling away into the distance from above.
  • The Big Heat (1953) [Bertha Duncan]: Shot several times in the chest and stomach by Gloria Grahame when Jeanette is about to telephone Lee Marvin.
  • Psycho (1960) [Norma Bates]: Provides the voice of Mrs. Bates (sharing voice-acting duties with Virginia Gregg), who was poisoned by her son (Anthony Perkins) several years before the story begins; she only manifests as a voice in Anthony's imagination.

Television Deaths:[edit | edit source]

  • The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Triumph (1964) [Mary Fitzgibbons]: Stabbed to death (off-screen) by Maggie Pierce after Jeanette goes into Maggie's tent with a knife; we're initially led to believe that Jeanette killed Maggie until the end of the episode, when Maggie's veil is lifted and her identity revealed.
  • The Invaders: Nightmare (1967) [Miss Havergill]: Killed along with Robert Emhardt, when he throws the switch to destroy the alien control centre hidden inside a grain silo. We then see a distance view as Roy Thinnes and Kathleeen Widdoes watch the building disappear. (Thanks to Brian).
  • Hawaii Five-O: One For The Money (1969) [Aunt Martha]: Stabbed to death by Paul Collins who hopes to later inherit her money. (Thanks to Brian)
  • Night Gallery: The Housekeeper (1970) [Miss Wattle]: After Larry Hagman mystically switches Jeanette's mind with Suzy Parker's, Larry then injects Jeanette's body with a drug or poison to simulate a heart attack. The scene cuts away as Larry approaches with the needle. (Since it's Suzy's character who dies in Jeanette's body, I'm listing this under both actresses.)
  • Night Gallery: Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay (1971) [Aunt Ada]: Bursts into flame and disappears into nothingness after James Farentino sets fire to a flower to counteract Jeanette's magical powers.

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