Born in Milwaukee, actress Salome Jens made some of her earliest appearances at that city's Swan Theatre (later known as the Milwaukee Rep). Trained at Northwestern and the Actors Studio, Jens worked as a secretary before her New York stage debut in 1956, thereafter accumulating impressive credits both on and off Broadway. Her first film appearance was in 1961's Angel Baby, which also served to introduce Burt Reynolds to moviegoers. Jens' most famous screen appearance was as Norma Marcus, the lover of "born again" Rock Hudson, in the 1966 sci-fier Seconds. The first of Salome Jens' two husbands was actor Ralph Meeker.