Brenda Frazier
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Brenda Frazier
Not to be confused with actor Brendan Fraser Brenda Diana Duff Frazier was an American debutante popular during the Depression era. Her December 1938 coming-out party was so heavily publicized worldwide she eventually appeared on the cover of Life magazine for that reason alone.
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USA: Dredging on Hernando Beach Channel Resumes - Dredging Today
Google News - over 5 years
Community Relations Coordinator Brenda Frazier said the new schedule breaks down the overall project into smaller segments with time-specific benchmarks. “I think we are optimistically saying that we are back on track and that we're still confident
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Dredging under way on both sides of channel - Tbo.com
Google News - over 5 years
Community Relations Coordinator Brenda Frazier said the new schedule breaks down the overall project into smaller segments with time-specific benchmarks. "I think we are optimistically saying that we are back on track and that we're still confident
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No cost increases for dredge project - Hernando Today
Google News - over 5 years
"We feel encouraged and positive about being able to continue and meet the deadline," Community Relations Coordinator Brenda Frazier said Friday. BCPeabody has asked the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for permission to modify the
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County worker recovering from fall - Hernando Today
Google News - over 5 years
County Public Information Officer Brenda Frazier said Thursday that the employee, whose name is not being released at this time, is in the Intensive Care Unit at Bayfront Medical Center. "We're glad to hear that and obviously our concern is for him and
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County employee injured after fall - Hernando Today
Google News - over 5 years
County Public Information Officer Brenda Frazier said the employee — whose identity wasn't yet available — was working with two others performing maintenance work and collecting traffic cones, when he fell off the vehicle. She said it's believed that
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TV program may air after all - Tbo.com
Google News - over 5 years
Community Relations Coordinator Brenda Frazier said she and her team have spent four to five hours total on Stabins' show, which includes the initial taping and subsequent editing. Frazier said they tightened up the production of "Memory Lane" and it
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Commission chairman: pull the plug on TV show - Hernando Today
Google News - over 5 years
Last week, after taping the 30-minute show, Stabins, Community Relations Coordinator Brenda Frazier and Video Production Manager Rick Foti critiqued the show and decided it wasn't quite ready for prime time. Translation: It needed a little more pizzazz
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A trip down 'Memory Lane' - Tbo.com
Google News - over 5 years
Community Relations Coordinator Brenda Frazier said Stabins' show is not costing any more dollar-wise because the video equipment is already there. However, there is a cost in terms of employee manpower who would be working on something else, she said
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Stabins wants to be on TV - Tampabay.com
Google News - over 5 years
If the commission approves the show, it will be the first since former County Commissioner Betty Whitehouse had a show on Government Broadcasting called Positive Aging in the early 2000s, according to Brenda Frazier, the county community relations
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Stabins to keep his dogs away from courthouse - Hernando Today
Google News - over 5 years
Community Relations Coordinator Brenda Frazier said she was "extremely uncomfortable" when Stabins brought the dogs with him on one occasion. At one point, Stabins asked her to get water for his dogs and she did, the report said
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Adkins blasted for filing ethics complaint against colleague - Hernando Today
Google News - over 5 years
Community Relations Coordinator Brenda Frazier said in the report that Stabins asked her staff to help produce a video about County Administrator David Hamilton, complete with Star Wars music and the commissioner impersonating longtime newsman Walter
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Hernando students score about average in first step away from FCAT - Tampabay.com
Google News - over 5 years
As of Wednesday afternoon, the work was continuing and the operation was meeting water quality standards, according to county spokeswoman Brenda Frazier. A public hearing on the creation of a Hernando County Mosquito Control Municipal Service Taxing
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USA: Hernando Dredging Project to Resume Soon - Dredging Today
Google News - over 5 years
County Administrator David Hamilton and Transportation Services Director Susan Goebel plan to be on site to impress that vital point, said Brenda Frazier, county spokeswoman. The dredge project is on a tight timeline and if work isn't done by the Dec
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Hernando County officials want dredging contractor to pick up pace - Tampabay.com
Google News - over 5 years
County Administrator David Hamilton and Transportation Services Director Susan Goebel plan to be on site first thing Monday to impress that vital point, said Brenda Frazier, county spokeswoman. The dredge project is on a tight timeline and if work
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Everything you need to know about Art on the Square - Belleville News Democrat
Google News - almost 6 years
1-4 pm -- Watercolor by Marty Spears; oil painting by Brenda Frazier and Ramah Alberts. 4-8 pm -- Stained glass by Terri Isenhart; graphite drawing by Kathy Gomric and watercolor painting by Kathy Hardin. 11 am-2 pm -- Pencil drawing by Joyce Wells;
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Chemical Bank, Siebert Elementary to judge Top 25 essays - Midland Daily News
Google News - almost 6 years
Siebert Elementary School teachers Amy Burks, Penny Church, Brenda Frazier and Melissa Grunder, Lou Ann Bensinger, Language Arts/English curriculum specialist for Midland Public Schools as well as Susan Johnson, Siebert Elementary principal,
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Behavior prompts concern - Tampabay.com
Google News - almost 6 years
But it was his e-mail at 5 am Tuesday to Adkins, Hamilton, community relations coordinator Brenda Frazier and County Attorney Garth Coller, copied to a Times reporter, that has focused attention and concerns. The e-mail hinted that Stabins may be dead
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Stabins cites 'grave illness' in memo - Hernando Today
Google News - almost 6 years
"Jeff's final request, as expressed to (Community Relations Coordinator) Brenda Frazier, on Thursday afternoon, was for the Board to honor him by placing on the agenda today his evaluation of (Hamilton). Jeff would probably have preferred to be here in
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NEW YORK OBSERVED; Watching The Past Come Crashing Down
NYTimes - almost 9 years
A FEW weeks ago, while attempting to enjoy a steak dinner at the ridiculous hour of 5 p.m. because who can get a last-minute reservation at Peter Luger at a civilized hour, I overheard a New York couple lamenting to a couple from Texas that the city was just not what it used to be. The New Yorkers complained about the chain stores, the loss of New
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brenda Frazier
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 60
    During the final ten years of her life, Frazier suffered from ill health due to her long battles with anorexia and bulimia and was routinely hospitalized. On May 3, 1982, Franzier died of bone cancer at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Boston at the age of 60. "She didn't stand a chance," wrote biographer Diliberto. "There was no way she was going to be happy.
    More Details Hide Details Her life was basically over before it began." Frazier is mentioned in the Stephen Sondheim song, "I'm Still Here" from the musical Follies. Frazier's fame was also noted in the introduction to the Rodgers and Hart song, "Disgustingly Rich", the first act finale from their 1940 show, Higher and Higher:
  • FORTIES
  • 1966
    Age 44
    In 1966, photographer Diane Arbus took a now-famous picture of Frazier for Esquire magazine.
    More Details Hide Details The photo featured a gaunt Frazier heavily made up in her signature white face powder and red lipstick, propped up in bed with a cigarette in hand looking wearily toward the camera.
  • 1963
    Age 41
    In 1963, she wrote a piece for Life magazine - the same publication on whose cover she had appeared 25 years earlier (although the cover of that week's issue was given to the state funeral of the assassinated President Kennedy) - titled "My Debut - A Horror".
    More Details Hide Details In the article, she related that she was largely unhappy during her debutante year and, after years of therapy, she looked at photos of the event and noted "the mockery of faked smiles and how many people there are in the world who were doomed like me by unfortunate childhoods to adult lives plagued by fears and inner emptiness." Frazier also detailed the many nervous breakdowns she suffered due to the negative attention she received and was also critical of her family for "being pushed into social functions." The article sparked renewed interest in Frazier and she appeared on several talk shows where she discussed her experiences as a "celebutante". In her later years, Frazier retreated from public life and divided her time between her homes in East Harwich and Beacon Hill. She became reclusive and developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol. A friend later stated that Frazier took " pills to go to sleep and pills to wake up, pills for digestion and pills to go to the bathroom, and pills to be happy and pills to be sad, and pills to be."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1961
    Age 39
    On March 16, 1961, Frazier attempted suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills.
    More Details Hide Details She was discovered and survived the attempt but would make thirty more suicide attempts throughout her life.
  • 1957
    Age 35
    After several tempestuous relationships, including ones with cartoonist Peter Arno and Howard Hughes, Frazier and daughter moved to a small town near Cape Cod. On March 3, 1957, she married sales executive Robert Chatfield-Taylor. Frazier later told friends that she regretted marrying Chatfield-Taylor right away. They divorced in 1962.
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  • 1956
    Age 34
    Frazier and Kelly divorced in 1956.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 23
    She gave birth to a daughter, Brenda Victoria, in 1945.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1941
    Age 19
    Frazier married football star Shipwreck Kelly at her mother's apartment at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City on June 30, 1941.
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  • 1938
    Age 16
    Frazier's debutante party was held on December 27, 1938 at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City with 2,000 people in attendance.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the flu and swollen feet, Frazier danced with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and other celebrities until 6:30 am. Frazier later recalled collapsing into bed from exhaustion in the early morning hours and not being able to remember any of the day that followed. The party was featured on the front pages of newspapers around the world. She was dubbed the "Debutante of the Century". Not all of the attention Frazier and other heiresses received was positive. Some media outlets and critics commented that Frazier was only famous for being rich and possessed no discernible talents. Frazier would later recall being booed at a Broadway nightclub one evening after she was introduced to the audience alongside such celebrities as Ben Blue and Sonja Henie. Although she felt humiliated afterward, she acknowledged that her critics were right. Frazier later admitted that she was never truly happy as a debutante. She said there were times when she did relish the attention she received, but that she had never felt loved by either of her parents or valued as anything more than a status symbol or a trophy. In the book Debutante: The Story of Brenda Frazier by Gioia Diliberto, Frazier's daughter Victoria Kelly remembered her mother saying, “I’m not a celebrity. I don’t deserve all this. I haven’t done anything at all. I’m just a debutante.” Her family was equally dumbfounded. "I fear Brenda's being spoiled," said a great-aunt at the time of her debut. "I bemoan all this spectacular notoriety."
    In 1938, the year of her debut, Frazier was dubbed the #1 Glamour Girl.
    More Details Hide Details The title character in the long-running comic strip Brenda Starr, Reporter was named after her.In November, her photograph appeared on the cover of Life magazine, securing her international fame. Frazier would go on to pose for Woodbury soap and Studebaker car ads (even though she could not drive), among others.
    Cholly Knickerbocker's prediction boosted Frazier's profile and her upcoming debutant ball became one of the most anticipated social events of 1938.
    More Details Hide Details Frazier was routinely photographed and popularized the famous “white-face” look; powdered white skin contrasted by red painted lips combined with perfectly coiffed dark hair. (She later said she suffered from neck problems because she rarely moved her head for fear of mussing her hair.) During this time, Frazier developed anorexia and bulimia to keep her weight down. Both disorders would plague her for the remainder of her life.
    Although Frazier had shown promise in music and art, she later lamented that she had never been given a chance to let those talents develop, or to complete her education. The year before her 1938 debut, she was attending a finishing school in Munich.
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    Her December 1938 debutante ball was so heavily publicized worldwide, she eventually appeared on the cover of Life magazine for that reason alone.
    More Details Hide Details She was known and dubbed as a "Poor Little Rich Girl" by the media, together with socialites and other famous debutantes Barbara Hutton, Gloria Vanderbilt and Doris Duke. Frazier's father, Frank Duff Frazier, came from a prosperous Boston family. Her mother, the former Brenda Germaine Henshaw Williams-Taylor, was the only daughter of Sir Frederick Williams-Taylor (a general manager of the Bank of Montreal who was knighted in 1910 and combined his middle name and birth surname into a new hyphenated surname) and his wife, the former Jane Fayrer Henshaw. Frazier's parents were married in December 1916.
  • 1936
    Age 14
    Frazier began to gain attention as a teenager after columnist Walter Winchell began writing about her; he reportedly coined the portmanteau "celebutante" in her honor. In 1936, two years before her society debut, society journalist Maury Henry Biddle Paul (known as Cholly Knickerbocker) wrote, "It may seem a bit early, but I - here and now - predict Brenda Frazier will be one of the belles - if not the Belle - of her season."
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Age 7
    By the time she was a teenager, the press and public began taking a keen interest in wealthy members of high society who had not lost their fortunes due to the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
    More Details Hide Details Readers who were living through Great Depression were eager to read about the lives of the wealthy and glamorous "Poor Little Rich Girls" such as Frazier, Gloria Vanderbilt, Doris Duke, and Barbara Hutton were frequently written about and photographed. The press eventually began calling them "Glamour Girls".
  • 1926
    Age 4
    In March 1926, Frazier's mother married Frederick N. Watriss with whom she had been having an affair.
    More Details Hide Details After Watriss' death, she married Henry Pierrepont Perry. Over the next eight years, Frazier's parents fought over custody of Brenda. Both attempted to gain sole custody by accusing the other of immoral behavior, alcoholism and being an unfit parent. During the custody battle, she was largely ignored by both parents and spent the majority of her time at school (Miss Chapin's School for Girls, Miss Porter's School and a finishing school in Munich) or with her paternal grandmother. In 1933, a judge finally ruled that Frazier's parents would share custody. The judge stated, "Neither parents appears to have been in the past, nor appears to be now, any paragon of virtue in parenthood." A month after the decision was handed down, Frank Frazier died of throat cancer.
    Both of Frazier's parents drank heavily. At the time of her birth, Frazier's father went on an alcoholic bender and did not return home for months. After public fights and infidelity from both sides, the couple divorced in January 1926.
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  • 1921
    Born
    Born on June 9, 1921.
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