Frances Rafferty
American actress
Frances Rafferty
Frances Rafferty was an American actress, dancer, World War II pin-up girl and MGM contract star.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2004
    Age 81
    Frances Rafferty died in 2004 in Paso Robles, California, just three months after the passing of her December Bride costar Dean Miller.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1965
    Age 42
    Rafferty also appeared in a number of different television programs throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and after retiring in 1965 made one final appearance in a 1977 episode of Karl Malden's ABC series, The Streets of San Francisco.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1954
    Age 31
    From 1954 to 1959, she appeared as Ruth Ruskin Henshaw in all 111 episodes of the Desilu Studios CBS sitcom December Bride, with co-stars Spring Byington as her mother, Lily Ruskin, and Dean Miller as her husband, Matt Henshaw.
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    In 1954, she guest starred in two episodes of CBS's The Public Defender, starring Reed Hadley and based on cases of attorneys for the indigent.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 25
    In 1948 she married Thomas R. Baker, and together they had two children.
    More Details Hide Details Following her retirement from acting, Rafferty and her husband operated a ranch where they bred and raised quarter horses.
    For instance, in 1948, she starred with Hugh Beaumont in the Film Noir movie, Money Madness, directed by Sam Newfield.
    More Details Hide Details Her only leading role likely to be seen on TV is in Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945). During World War II she was a volunteer pin-up girl for YANK magazine, a publication for the soldiers of the United States military. In the 1950s, Rafferty turned to acting in network television shows.
  • 1944
    Age 21
    She was married to John Harlan from 1944 until their divorce in 1947.
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    She appeared in minor and secondary roles, and although she had a part in the 1944 film Dragon Seed with Katharine Hepburn and Walter Huston, her significant parts were limited almost exclusively to "B" movies.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 19
    Signed by MGM Studios, Frances made her film debut in 1942.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on June 16, 1922.
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