Dee Wallace-Stone (born December 14, 1948) is an American motion picture and television actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles in several popular films. These include the starring role as Elliot's separated mother in the Steven Spielberg film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), her most widely seen role. She also played key roles in popular cult films The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and The Howling (1981) and appeared in The Stepford Wives in 1975 and 10 (1979). In total, she has appeared in more than 85 films.
Wallace-Stone was born Deanna Bowers in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Maxine (née Nichols) and Robert Stanley Bowers. Wallace-Stone attended historic Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, before attending Kansas University. Wallace-Stone graduated from the University of Kansas with an education degree. She briefly taught high school drama at Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas, in the early 1970s. She married fellow actor Christopher Stone in 1980, with whom she had one daughter, Gabrielle.
Wallace-Stone appeared in the television series Together We Stand (1986 — 1987) and the syndicated The New Lassie (1989 — 1992). In the latter series, she appeared with her husband Christopher Stone, with whom she also co-starred in Cujo (1983).