|Born||Elisabeth Fraser Jonker
January 8, 1920
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 5, 2005
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ray McDonald (1944–1952; divorced) 3 children
Charles K. Peck Jr. (19??–19??; divorced)
Elisabeth Fraser (January 8, 1920 – May 5, 2005) was an American television, film and stage actress, best known for playing brassy blondes.
Life and career
Born as Elisabeth Fraser Jonker in Brooklyn, New York, Fraser began her acting career six weeks after graduating from 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. She also played in the movie Ask Any Girl as Jeannie with Shirley MacLaine. 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, including three guest appearances on Perry Mason, such as the role of Estelle Paige in the 1966 episode, "The Case of the Sausalito Sunrise." She also made four appearances on Maude, but her best-known role was Sgt. Bilko's longtime girlfriend, Joan, on The Phil Silvers Show.
Fraser was married to Ray McDonald from 1944 to 1952. The marriage ended in divorce. She later married Charles K. Peck Jr. but that marriage also ended in divorce. Fraser and McDonald had three children.
- Elisabeth Fraser at the Internet Movie Database
- Elisabeth Fraser at the Internet Broadway Database
- Elisabeth Fraser papers, 1920-1999, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts