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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 February 1943St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 23 September 1998Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameMary Frances Luecke

Mini Bio (1)

Mary Frann was born on February 27, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Mary Frances Luecke. She was an actress, known for Newhart (1982), Days of Our Lives (1965) and Dance 'Til Dawn (1988). She was married to T.J. Escott. She died on September 23, 1998 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

T.J. Escott (11 August 1973 - 1985) (divorced)

Trivia (10)

Studied drama at Northwestern University and worked as weather reporter for the NBC station in St. Louis.
America's Junior Miss 1961.
Born in St. Louis, Frann was a child model and did live television commercials for a local station while she was in high school.
Founded the America's Junior Miss Council in 1995. It is the official Junior Miss alumni organization, and anyone who has ever participated in Junior Miss at any level - local, state or national - may join.
Frann was active in charities, and the night before she died she was working with homeless women at the Los Angeles Mission, where she served on a celebrity volunteer committee.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Frann died in her sleep of apparent heart failure. She was discovered by her companion, John E. Cookman, Jr. For weeks after her death, tabloids speculated that drug use had somehow been involved, but autopsy results determined that Frann was suffering from an existing but undiagnosed condition called "lipomatosis with fibrosis," which is a scarring of the heart muscle tissue.
Frann's personal and professional career was eulogized in a ceremony at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. The funeral was attended by family, friends and actors from her soap opera and television days. [September 1998]
Was a spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen Foundation".
Lost the role of Sue Ellen Ewing to Linda Gray on Dallas (1978).
Best remembered by the public as Johanna Loudon on Newhart (1982).

Personal Quotes (1)

Upon Mary's death, close friend and fellow CAC (Celebrity Action Council) member Meredith MacRae said, "Mary was not a star on a pedestal. She really listened to these troubled women and would candidly share her own struggles. She recruited dentists for them, threw them baby showers, and never with a reporter or camera crew to witness it. She truly gave of herself, and we honor her by making sure her work continues".

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