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Elisabeth Fraser
Elisabeth Fraser
Credits
Role Frances Hotchkiss
Biographical Information
Birthdate January 8, 1920
Birthplace Brooklyn, New York, United States
Death Date May 5, 2005 (age 85)
Death Place Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States

Elisabeth Fraser played Frances Hotchkiss in the second season episode, "Speak the Truth" (1965).

Biography[]

Elisabeth Fraser was an American stage, film and television actress. She is best remembered as Shelley Winters' friend Sadie in the film A Patch of Blue (1965) and as Sergeant Bilko's long-suffering girlfriend, Sergeant Joan Hogan, in The Phil Silvers Show (1955).

Fraser began her forty-year acting career on Broadway in 1940. She was accidentally discovered by Alfred Lunt and Robert B. Sherman at an open casting call. She found that she was on the wrong stage, rushed off and literally ran into them. She appeared in There Shall Be No Night (1940), The Russian People (1942), The Family (1943), Winged Victory (1943), Mr. Adam (1949), The Tunnel of Love (1957), Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole (1961) and Great Day in the Morning (1962).

In television, she found success in the aforementioned The Phil Silvers Show (1955), as well as "Four Star Playhouse," "Kraft Television Theatre", "Fibber McGee and Molly” (1959-1960), and the 1970s series "Mannix" and "Maude."

Among her more than thirty films were The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), Young at Heart (1954) with Doris Day and Frank Sinatra, A Patch of Blue (1965) and The Graduate (1967).

She married Ray McDonald in 1944 and they had three children. They divorced in 1952. Her second marriage, to screenwriter Charles Peck Jr., also ended in divorce.

Elisabeth Fraser died of congestive heart failure at age 85, in Woodland Hills, California. Her ashes were scattered at sea.

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