Elisabeth Fraser

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Elisabeth Fraser
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BornElisabeth Fraser Jonker
(1920-01-08)January 8, 1920
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedMay 5, 2005(2005-05-05) (aged 85)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1941–1980
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[edit]

Born as Elisabeth Fraser Jonker in Brooklyn, New York, she was educated in Haiti, France and New York.[1]

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 June Stanley, 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[2] (she also appeared in the 1958 film version).[3]


She played Hazel Norris on the television version of Fibber McGee and Molly,[4] Frances Warner in McKeever and the Colonel,[4]:673 Josie Ryan in Off We Go,[4]:781 Mildred Hogan in One Happy Family,[4]:789 and Sgt. Bilko's longtime girlfriend, Joan, on The Phil Silvers Show.[4]:830 She also 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.


Fraser wrote a book, Once Upon a Dime. Newspaper columnist Terry Vernon described the book as "a humorous account of what happens to a divorced actress with three children who arrives in Hollywood."[5]


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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Elisabeth Fraser Wandered In and Lunts Gave Her Job". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. December 27, 1942. p. 29. Retrieved June 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "(Elisabeth Fraser search)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  3. ^ "New Comedy Set At Manos Soon". The Evening Standard. Pennsylvania, Uniontown. The Evening Standard. December 6, 1958. p. 5. Retrieved June 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ a b c d e Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 340.
  5. ^ Vernon, Terry (January 13, 1961). "Tele-Vues". Independent. California, Long Beach. p. 27. Retrieved June 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read

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