Experience Talks 11/13: Jeanne K. Russell


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with host JOHN SEMPER JR.

Jeanne RussellJEANNE K. RUSSELL is best known for playing Dennis’s playmate, Margaret Wade, in the television series Dennis The Menace, which was based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name and aired from 1959 to 1963 on CBS. She was the favored choice of Jay North, who starred in the role of Dennis, to play his nemesis playmate. She appeared in 31 of the series’ 146 episodes over the four-year run of the show. She and North still occasionally appear together at celebrity events.

Jeanne also appeared in other popular TV shows of the era, including, The Deputy(1959), Assignment: Underwater (1961), Death Valley Days (1961), and The Dinah Shore Show. She also provided a singing voice in the 1961 Disney movie Babes in Toyland and made an uncredited appearance in the 1963 popular suspense horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds, in which she played a school child.

Since 1978, Dr. Russell has been practicing chiropractic medicine in the North Hollywood/Toluca Lake (California) area. She also counsels and coaches patients, assisting them with intuitive eating skills to embrace a healthy lifestyle. In addition, she has developed a powerful posture building series of movement and strengthening exercises, which draw from her career in show business. (She is also trained in ballet and jazz dance.)

Dr. Russell co-chaired the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Young Performers’ Committee for several years, and was instrumental in the positive changes made to protect child actors. To help achieve this, she worked extensively with her friend, Paul Petersen, and his group, A Minor Consideration.

Russell is the sister of the late Bryan Russell, who was also a child actor from 1959 to 1967. He appeared in such feature films as The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) and Emil and the Detectives (1964), and as Ann-Margaret’s younger brother in Bye Bye, Birdie (1963).

Visit Jeanne’s website here.


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