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Sheila Elaine Frazier
November 13, 1948
|Spouse(s)||Sam McKeith|
John Atchison (m. 2008)
Sheila Elaine Frazier (born November 13, 1948) is an American actress, producer, and model. Frazier is perhaps best known for her co–starring role as Georgia in the 1972 crime/drama film, Super Fly. Frazier later reprised her role in the 1973 sequel, Super Fly T.N.T.
Sheila Elaine Frazier was born in New York City, New York to Dorothy Dennis and Eugene Cole Frazier. She lived on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and attended P.S 97 until age 10, when she moved with her mother to Englewood, New Jersey. There, she enrolled in the Liberty School. As a young girl, Frazier was a stutterer, which contributed to her shyness. When she was in sixth grade, a teacher purported to help her overcome stuttering by announcing to the class before Sheila's presentation: “I don’t want any laughter. Sheila’s a stutterer. I don’t want any laughter.” Frazier has said that introduction was so painful it merely intensified her anxiety about speaking in public.
In Englewood, she counted among her neighbors Clyde McPhatter, Van McCoy, The Isley Brothers, and Dolly and Jackie McLean. She went on to Dwight Morrow High School, where her classmates included Margaret Travolta, actress and sister of John Travolta. Despite Frazier's struggle with stuttering, she was inspired by Susan Hayward's performance in the film I'll Cry Tomorrow to pursue a career as an actress. After graduating from high school in 1966, at age 17, she moved to New York City, where she stayed with her godmother and found work as a secretary.
Modeling, movies and television
One day on the subway, a man approached Frazier and asked if she'd ever considered modeling. That chance encounter led her to do photo sessions with his boss, Bert Andrews. She also began to do runway modeling and print work, but was not comfortable with that sort of attention trained on her. At some point, she met actor Richard Roundtree, who suggested she audition for the Negro Ensemble Company. Following his advice about focusing on the part she was acting, Frazier was amazed to find she had overcome her stuttering. Five months later, she auditioned for the film Super Fly, winning the role of Georgia, the lead actress. She went on to work in many film and television productions, including Three the Hard Way. In 1980, she hosted a community affairs show on KNXT-TV in Los Angeles. She also worked as a story editor at Richard Pryor's Indigo Productions.
Frazier has been married twice and has one child. Frazier married evangelist minister John Atchison in early–2008 at Crenshaw Christian Center East in Manhattan, New York. Frazier's son, Derek McKeith is from her previous marriage to Sam McKeith. Frazier currently resides in Los Angeles.
Film and television
|1973||Super Fly T.N.T.||Georgia|
|1973||Firehouse||Michelle Forsythe||TV Movie|
|1974||The Super Cops||Sara|
|1974||Three The Hard Way||Wendy Kane|
|1977||Starsky and Hutch||Dr. Sammie Mason||Episode "Manchild on the Streets"|
|1978||California Suite||Bettina Panama|
|1978||The Lazarus Syndrome||Gloria St. Clair||TV Movie|
|1979||The Lazarus Syndrome||Gloria St. Clair||Episode "A Brutal Assault"|
|1981||Lou Grant||Beth MacDougall||Episode "Execution"|
|1982||The Phoenix||Mira||Episode "One of Them"|
|1982||Dallas||Miss Carpenter||Episode "Changing of the Guard"|
|1982||The Love Boat||Joyce Murdock||Episode "The Tomorrow Lady/Father, Dear Father/Still Life"|
|1983||Two of a Kind||Reporter|
|1984||Hardcastle and McCormick||Newswoman||Episode "D-Day"|
|1985||Gimme a Break!||Yvonne Anderson||Episode "Friendship"|
|1985||Magnum, P.I.||Sheila Pennington||Episode "Round and Around"|
|1986||Cagney & Lacey||Reporter||Episode "Capitalism"|
|1988||227||Ida Dalton||Episode "The Roommate"|
|1990||1st & Ten: The Championship||Mabel||Episode "The Squeeze"|
|1999||The West Wing||Newscaster #2||Episode "Five Votes Down"|
|2000||The District||Mayor's Wife||Episode "The Jackal"|
|2001||All About You||Mrs. Tate|
|2004||NCIS||Debra Green||5 episodes, 2004-2008|
|2006||The Last Stand||Dede's Mom|
|2014||Being Mary Jane||Catherine Stafford||2 Episodes|
- JET Magazine - Celebrities - Prayer, Patience And Celibacy Are Ingredients That Unite Couple After 30-Year Friendship - March 24, 2008
- "Fashion: Weddings". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
- Dwight Morrow High School (Englewood, New Jersey) '1966 yearbook
- "Sheila Frazier's Biography". thehistorymakers.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-16.