Jane Frazee

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Jane Frazee
Born Mary Jane Frehse
(1918-07-18)July 18, 1918
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Died September 6, 1985(1985-09-06) (aged 67)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Glenn Tryon (1942-1947; 1 son)

Mary Jane Frehse (July 18, 1918 – September 6, 1985), known as Jane Frazee, was an American actress, singer, and dancer.

Professional life[edit]

At the age of 6, Jane and her older sister Ruth (1909–2001) formed a singing vaudeville act known as The Frazee Sisters.[1] The act broke up in 1940, when Jane landed a leading role in the B film Melody and Moonlight (1940), the first of four "Moonlight.." musicals the young actress made for Universal Pictures. Under contract to the studio, she appeared in numerous musical films, including, most notably, Buck Privates, the high-grossing 1941 comedy/World War II film starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Jane also frequently performed in Westerns, both in movies and on television, working with genre stars like Roy Rogers, Charles Starrett, Guinn Williams, Clayton Moore, Jock Mahoney, and Gene Autry. The actress ended her Hollywood career after appearing as "Alice McDoakes" in several Joe McDoakes one reel short subjects between 1954 and 1956. After retiring from acting, Jane started a real estate business.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1942, Frazee married silent film actor and director Glenn Tryon. The marriage lasted five years and produced one son, Timothy. Jane Frazee died of a stroke in 1985.[2]


Billed with sister Ruth as The Frazee Sisters[edit]

  • Captain Blue Blood (1935)
  • Study and Understudy (1936)
  • Up in Lights (1938)
  • Rollin' in Rhythm (1939)
  • Pharmacy Frolics (1939)
  • Arcade Varieties (1939)
  • Swing Styles (1939)


Frazee with Roy Rogers and Andy Devine in Under California Stars (1948)

Joe McDoakes short films[edit]

  • So You Want to Be Your Own Boss (March 1954) [as Alice McDoakes]
  • So You Want to Go to a Nightclub (May 1954) [as Alice McDoakes]
  • So You're Taking in a Roomer (October 1954) [as Alice McDoakes]
  • So You Don't Trust Your Wife (January 1955) [as Alice McDoakes]
  • So You Want to Be a Gladiator (March 1955) [as Alice McDoakes]
  • So You Want to Build a Model Railroad (August 1955) [as Alice McDoakes]
  • So You Think the Grass is Greener (January 1956) [as Alice McDoakes]
  • So You Want to Play the Piano (May 1956) [as Alice McDoakes]


  1. ^ The New York Times Biography of Jane Frazee
  2. ^ a b Internet Movie Database Biography for Jane Frazee

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