Elizabeth Baur

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Elizabeth Baur
Elizabeth Baur 1968.jpg
Baur in Lancer, 1968
Born(1947-12-01)December 1, 1947
DiedSeptember 30, 2017(2017-09-30) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1968–1993
Eugene Worton
(m. 1976; div. 1985)

Steven Springer
(m. 1989)
RelativesSharon Gless (cousin)

Elizabeth Baur (December 1, 1947 – September 30, 2017) was an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Teresa O'Brien on the CBS western series Lancer, and as Officer Fran Belding on NBC's crime drama series Ironside.

Early life[edit]

Baur was born in Los Angeles. Juanita Gless, her great-grandmother, was an early settler of California who came from the Basque region of France.[1] Actress Sharon Gless is Baur's first cousin.[2]

Her father, Jack Baur, was a veteran casting director at 20th Century Fox,[3] and did not want his daughter in the industry.[4]

She attended Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.


Baur attended Los Angeles Valley College "for a year and three-quarters."[3] Baur left college to join a 20th Century Fox program for training actors.[4]


Baur succeeded Barbara Anderson on NBC television's Ironside. In 1972, she told a reporter: "They interviewed 100 girls for this role. Then they had 14 of us come in and read for the part. Finally they gave seven of us screen tests. I was really surprised they chose me."[5] Two years later, she said, "Officer Fran Belding is the hardest part I've ever had to play, because she's so straight, so normal."[6]

Baur would work with Anderson in the 1993 TV reunion movie The Return of Ironside, reprising her role as Fran Belding alongside her former co-stars Raymond Burr, Don Galloway and Don Mitchell.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Baur's first marriage was to Eugene Worton in 1976, and they had one daughter together, producer Lesley Worton, before they divorced in 1985.[8] Her second marriage was to Steven Springer, in 1989. Baur died on September 30, 2017, after a lengthy illness at the age of 69.[8][9]


Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Boston Strangler Harriet Fordin
Year Title Role Notes
1968 Batman Fourth Policewoman Episode: "Nora Clavicle and the Ladies' Crime Club"
1968–1970 Lancer Teresa O'Brien 51 episodes
1970 Daniel Boone Virginia Episode: "Noblesse Oblige"
The Young Rebels Rachel Episode: "The Infiltrator"
1971 Room 222 Meaghan Episode: "Cheating"
Nanny and the Professor Susan Baxter Episode: "The Communication Gap"
1971–1975 Ironside Fran Belding 89 episodes
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Fran Belding Episode: "Five Days in the Death of Sgt. Brown: Part II" (crossover appearance)
Emergency! Sister Barbara Episode: "Saddled"
1975 S.W.A.T. Dr. Ellen Benton Episode: "Silent Night, Deadly Night"
1977 ABC Weekend Specials Annabel Episode: "Valentine's Second Chance"
1978 Police Woman Joslyn Westmore Episode: "Flip of a Coin"
1981 Fantasy Island Lucy Carson Episode: "The Man from Yesterday/World's Most Desirable Woman"
1984 Remington Steele Margie Kelsey Episode: "Second Base Steele"
1993 The Return of Ironside Fran Belding TV movie, (final film role)


  1. ^ "Elizabeth Baur Seeks Greater Challenges". The Pharos-Tribune & Press. Logansport, Ind. United Press International. September 11, 1969. p. 2. Retrieved October 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Scott, Vernon (January 28, 1976). "Days Long for Actress". Mansfield News Journal. p. 16. Retrieved October 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b Martin, Bob (February 18, 1973). "Elizabeth Baur's a pistol-packin' cutie shooting for stardom". Long Beach Press-Telegram. p. Tele Vues 1. Retrieved October 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b Laurent, Lawrence (July 22, 1973). "Elizabeth Baur Is Actress Despite Daddy's Objections". Toledo Blade. Times-Post News Service. pp. G1, G10. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Baur Takes Over Role In Ironsides Series". Times Recorder. Zanesville, Oh. February 13, 1972. p. 19. Retrieved October 15, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Kleiner, Dick (August 11, 1974). "Elizabeth Baur Has Tough Role As Police Officer". Oxnard Press-Courier. p. 48. Retrieved January 5, 2016 – via Newspaperarchive.com.
  7. ^ The Return of Ironside at IMDb. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Pendreigh, Brian (November 6, 2017). "Obituary - Elizabeth Baur, actress and star of Ironside". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  9. ^ Barnes, Mike (October 11, 2017). "Elizabeth Baur, Actress on 'Ironside,' Dies at 69". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on December 23, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017.

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