(January 8, 1920 – May 5, 2005), was a television, film and stage actress, best known for playing brassy blondes.
Born as Elisabeth Fraser Jonker
in Brooklyn, New York
, Fraser began her acting career six weeks after graduating high school; she was cast as the ingenue in the Broadway
production of There Shall Be No Night
, which won the Pulitzer Prize
for the 1940-1941 season. Fraser obtained a contract with Warner Brothers
studios. She appeared in dozens of films.
One of her first roles was in The Man Who Came to Dinner
as the young daughter of the Ohio couple forced to put up with Monty Woolley
, who tells her to follow her heart to the man she loves, a trade unionist in her father's company, regardless of her father's feelings. She also appeared in All My Sons
, Roseanna McCoy
, and So Big
Her most notable role was as Shelley Winters
' character's friend in the 1965 hit film A Patch of Blue
. Fraser's stage career spanned over three decades and included Broadway productions of The Best Man
, The Family
, and Tunnel of Love
(she also appeared in the 1958 film version). Fraser guest-starred on many popular television series, but her best-known role was Sgt. Bilko's longtime girlfriend on The Phil Silvers Show
On May 5, 2005, Fraser died of congestive heart failure
in Woodland Hills, California
at the age of 85. She was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea.
Fraser was married to Ray McDonald
from 1944 to 1952. The marriage ended in... Read More