Sheila Frazier

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Sheila Frazier
Born Sheila Elaine Frazier
(1948-11-13) November 13, 1948 (age 69)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) John Atchison (2008 - present)
Children Derek McKeith (from previous marriage)

Sheila Frazier (born November 13, 1948) is an American actress and producer, best known for her co-starring role in the film, Super Fly. She reprised the role in the sequel, Super Fly T.N.T.

Biography[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

Modeling, movies and television[edit]

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 resides in Los Angeles with her husband, John Atchison. She has a son, music producer Derek McKeith.

Film and television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Super Fly Georgia
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 King June TV Mini-Series
1978 The Lazarus Syndrome Gloria St. Clair TV Movie
1979 The Hitter Lola
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fashion: Weddings". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-22. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "Sheila Frazier's Biography". thehistorymakers.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. 

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