Elizabeth Fraser


Actress Elisabeth Fraser died of congestive heart failure May 5 in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 85.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m., Friday, May 20 in the Louis B. Mayer Theater at the Motion Picture & Television Fund, 23388 Mulholland Dr., Woodland Hills.

Fraser, who often played a brassy blonde gal, was known for her roles as Shelley Winters’ pal in “A Patch of Blue” and as Phil Silvers’ girlfriend on “The Phil Silvers Show.”

A Brooklyn native, she began her career in 1940 on Broadway, just six weeks out of high school. She was cast in the role of the ingenue in “There Shall Be No Night” with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. The play won the 1940-41 Pulitzer Prize, and she won a contract at Warner Bros.

Some of her roles on Broadway through the 40s, 50s and 60s included “The Russian People,” “The Family,” “Tunnel of Love” and “The Best Man.”

She was featured in over 30 films including: “The Man Who Came to Dinner”, “Death of a Salesman” “Two for the Seesaw,” and “The Glass Bottom Boat.”

Fraser appeared extensively on TV in shows including the Four Star Playhouse and Kraft Theater and later on “Bewitched,” “The Addams Family,” “Maude” and “The Monkees.”

A collection of her showbiz memorabilia from stage, film and television is on display at the Library of Performing Arts in the Lincoln Plaza Center.

She is survived by three daughters.

Donations may be made to the ASPCA.

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