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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jane Frazee

Date of Birth18 July 1915Ramsey, Minnesota, USA
Date of Death6 September 1985Newport Beach, California, USA  (complications of a stroke)
Birth NameMary Jane Frehse

Mini Bio (1)

A professional entertainer since the age of six, blue-eyed brunette Jane Frazee and her older sister Ruth Frazee had a vaudeville sister act and appeared in nightclubs and on radio together. They journeyed to Hollywood, but the act broke up when Ruth failed her screen tests and Jane passed hers. 
Jane was quite attractive with a pleasant singing voice, and went on to play in numerous westerns and light musicals after signing with Republic Pictures. She later appeared in a number of films for Universal Pictures, which put her to the test by having her warble amidst the antics of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Buck Privates (1941) and Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson in Hellzapoppin' (1941). 
She married actor/director Glenn Tryon in 1942 and had a son, Timothy, but the couple divorced in 1947. Moving into TV guest appearances in the early 1950s, Jane later retired and started a successful real estate business. She died in Newport Beach, California at age 67 following complications from a stroke on September 6, 1985.
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Spouse (3)

David H. Leatherman(10 June 1957 - ?)
Whitey Christensen(24 April 1948 - ?)
Glenn Tryon(1942 - 1947) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

Born to Walter Frazee, a civil engineer, and Olga Frehse, Jane and her older sister, actress Ruth Frazee, received their education in their native Duluth before putting together a song-and-dance sister act and touring the U.S. with it.
Made her film debut in the musical short, Study and Understudy (1936), with sister Ruth Frazee.
Her marriage to Glenn Tryon in 1942 produced one son, Timothy. Jane never remarried after their 1947 divorce.
Co-starred with Roy Rogers in a number of his westerns when Dale Evans took a break to pursue other types of roles.
Ex-sister-in-law of Norman Krasna.
She co starred with Kirby Grant, best known as TVs "Sky King", in the country western musical ""Rhythm Inn". (1951).
When sister Ruth retired from show business after her marriage to writer-producer Norman Krasna, Jane went solo and moved into films.
MGM was interested in Jane in 1940 and offered to sign her at $150 a week. She received another offer by Republic Pictures at $250 a week and took it.
Married four times.

Personal Quotes (1)

I wasn't bad looking, but I was never a beautiful girl, and in those days you had to look great. I had a drive to do better things than I was doing, but not that great inner drive that every successful people have.

 1955The Lineup (TV Series)
Louise Watson
The False Witness Case (1955) ... Louise Watson
 1955So You Want a Model Railroad (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1955Stage 7 (TV Series)
Mrs. Kramer
Yesterday's Pawnshop (1955) ... Mrs. Kramer
 1955So You Want to Be a Gladiator (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1955So You Don't Trust Your Wife (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1954So You're Taking in a Roomer (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1954So You Want to Be Your Own Boss (Short)
Alice McDoakes (uncredited)
 1953Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Panic in the Sky (1953) ... Farmwoman
 1953Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Melodie Marshall
The Rival Hash Houses (1953) ... Melodie Marshall
 1953The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
The Paperhangers (1953) ... Gilda
 1952Racket Squad (TV Series)
 1952The Gene Autry Show (TV Series)
Jane Winslow
The Ruthless Renegade (1952) ... Jane Winslow
 1952The Range Rider (TV Series)
Marion Knox
Pale Horse (1952) ... Marion Knox
 1951Rhythm Inn
Carol Denton
 1950The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Toni Carver
White Man's Magic (1950) ... Toni Carver
 1948Last of the Wild Horses
Jane Cooper
Marion Roberts
 1948Under California Stars
Caroline Bullfincher
 1948The Gay Ranchero
Betty Richards
 1946A Guy Could Change
Barbara Adams
 1945George White's Scandals
Showgirl (uncredited)
 1945Ten Cents a Dance
Jeanne Hollis
 1944The Big Bonanza
Chiquita McSweeney
 1944Practically Yours
Jane Frazee - Vocalist
 1944She's a Sweetheart
Maxine Lecour
 1944Kansas City Kitty
Eileen Hasbrook
 1944Cowboy Canteen
Connie Gray
 1943Rhythm of the Islands
Joan Holton
 1943Keep 'Em Slugging
Star in Moviehouse Film (uncredited)
 1943Hi'Ya Chum
Sunny Lee
 1942Moonlight in Havana
Gloria Jackson
 1942Moonlight Masquerade
Vicki Forrester
 1942Don't Get Personal
Mary Reynolds
 1941Music in the Morgan Manner (Short) 
Kitty Rand
 1941San Antonio Rose
Hope Holloway
 1941Angels with Broken Wings
Jane Lord
 1940Melody and Moonlight
Kay Barnett
 1939Pharmacy Frolics (Short)
Jane (as the Frazee Sisters)
 1939Swing Styles (Short)
Jane (as The Frazee Sisters)
 1939Arcade Varieties (Short)
Jane Frazee (as The Frazee Sisters)
 1939Rollin' in Rhythm (Short)
Jane Frazee
 1938Up in Lights (Short)
Jane - One of the Frazee Sisters
 1937Sound Defects (Short)
Jane - One of the Frazee Sisters
 1937Captain Blue Blood (Short)
Jane - One of the Frazee Sisters (as The Frazee Sisters)
 1936Study and Understudy (Short)
Jane - One of the Frazee Sisters

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