Actress Frances Labyorteaux dies

Was mother of actors Patrick, Matthew Labyorteaux

Character actress Frances Labyorteaux died of natural causes on Jan. 26 in Sherman Oaks, Calif. She was 85.

Her career over seven decades included vaudeville, nightclubs, touring with the Tommy Dorsey band as Frankie Marshall and talent agent with husband Ron Labyorteaux.

Survivors include two sons, actors Patrick Labyorteaux (“JAG”) and Matthew Labyorteaux (“Little House on the Prairie”).

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