Jennifer Raine Bissell


Jennifer Raine Bissell, 60, film, stage and television actress, died Jan. 5 of a heart ailment in West L.A.

London-born in 1932 to theatrical parents — her father, actor Alan Napier, is best known for playing Alfred the butler on the ’60s “Batman” series — she was the great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens.

She moved to Hollywood in 1939 and soon after appeared in 20th’s Shirley Temple starrer “The Little Princess.”

She worked sporadically until the early ’60s in such films as “The Fugitive Eye” with Charlton Heston and “The Scarlett Coat.” TV credits include “Four Star Playhouse,””Passport to Danger”and “Man Behind the Badge.”

She semi-retired to raise her son, actor Brian Forster (best known as Chris Partridge of the “The Partridge Family” television series). She occassionally appeared in productions at the Pasadena Playhouse.

In addition to her son she is survived by her husband, vet character actor Whit Bissell; stepsister Jennifer Nichols and five cousins.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 16, 1 p.m., at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.

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