Lynn Borden

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Lynn Borden
Born Lynn Freyse
(1939-03-24) March 24, 1939 (age 75)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Residence Encino, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of Arizona
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Chris Borden (19??-19??; divorced)
Roger Brunelle (19??-present)

Lynn Borden (born March 24, 1939) is an American actress best known for her role as "Barbara Baxter" in the final season of the Shirley Booth sitcom Hazel, which aired on CBS from 1961 to 1966.


Born Lynn Freyse in Detroit, her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, later relocating again to Tucson, Arizona, due to her mother (Evelyn S. Freyse; 1908–2003)[1]'s health needs, which required a warm, dry climate. She has a brother, Steve Freyse. Young Lynn was enrolled by her mother in acting classes as a way to overcome the child's natural bashfulness. The training helped her to land the better parts in class plays and some small roles in Western films shot in Arizona. The blonde Borden won scholarships as the 1957 Miss Arizona and hence as a contestant in the 1958 Miss America pageant. She lost to Marilyn Van Derbur of Colorado but was nevertheless a preliminary swimsuit winner and a Top 10 semi-finalist. She enrolled at the University of Arizona–Tucson, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. During this time, she performed theater work in Tucson, and garnered small parts in movies (primarily Westerns that were shot in the area.[2] She married Chris Borden;[when?] the couple later divorced[when?] but she kept his surname professionally.[3]

After college, she relocated to San Francisco and secured a small, credited part on the ABC series, Hawaiian Eye.[3]

Bill Freyse[edit]

Borden's father, Bill Freyse (1898–1969), a Detroit native,[1] was a cartoonist who drew the classic comic strip and panel cartoon Our Boarding House[3][4] from 1939 until his death 30 years later. The strip, syndicated by Newspaper Enterprise Association, ended its run in 1984.


Borden's first role was uncredited as a party guest in Days of Wine and Roses (1962). The next year she had another uncredited part as a bus passenger in David Janssen's ABC drama, The Fugitive. She was selected for her role of Barbara Baxter in the TV series Hazel (TV series) by Shirley Booth, who played the title role. Hazel ended after five full seasons in 1966, purportedly due to Booth's health problems.

Borden appeared in "Walking Tall" (1973) and the low-budget horror film Frogs, about a town overrun by amphibians and reptiles.[3] Other appearances include the 1969 film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and Dirty Mary Crazy Larry.[4] She has made guest appearances on such television series as My Three Sons, The F.B.I., Family Affair (twice), Ironside, Get Smart, The Mod Squad, Petrocelli, McMillan and Wife, Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island, The Fall Guy and CSI: NY. In her later years, Borden worked in commercials and plays.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Borden is a collector of frog and elephant figurines. The interest in frogs comes from her 1972 film role, when fans gave her frog figures after the premiere of Frogs at the Rialto Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. She has stated, "I love frogs. They're cute, they won't harm you, and they're good luck. You know, kiss the frog and marry a prince, that kind of thing. If I see a frog,­ real or otherwise, ­ I'll always stop to look at it. ..."[3] Her father drew elephants regularly in his cartoon strip. Some of her elephant figurines were a gift from her friend, the late actress Mala Powers, who had a recurring role as the next-door neighbor on Hazel. Borden recalls that Powers was "admiring the elephants my father had left me and said, 'You're collecting elephants!'" Borden replied, "No I'm not", but Powers insisted, "Oh, yes you are!"[3]

In July 2007, Borden was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina.[3][4] She resides in Encino, California with her husband, Roger Brunelle.


  1. ^ a b "Social Security Death Index". Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Lynn Borden profile (August 29, 1965)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ken Hall, "Lynn Borden Collects Frog and Elephant Figures"". Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Lynn Borden". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Barbara Hilgenberg
Miss Arizona
Succeeded by
Donna Riggs