Thursday, February 14, 2013

02/14 Francine York, The WIld Wild West, Lost in Space

Francine York is an American movie actress. She was born Francine Yerich, the daughter of Frank and Sophie Yerich, in Aurora, Minnesota. At an early age she developed an interest in performance. She won a local beauty contest then placed first runner-up in the Miss Minnesota pageant. After attempting a career as an airline stewardess, then winning the Miss San Francisco beauty contest and working as a model, she became an actress.

Her first film credit was for the 1961 The Right Approach by director David Butler, but her first appearance in a feature film was in Secret File: Hollywood (1962). After receiving a good review for her role in The Sergeant was a Lady (1961), this led to a series of roles opposite Jerry Lewis: Its Only Money (1962), The Nutty Professor (1963), The Disorderly Orderly (1964), The Family Jewels (1965) and Cracking Up (1982). She played roles in the comedic film Bedtime Story (1964) with Marlon Brando and David Niven, then in Tickle Me (1965) with Elvis Presley. Francine then won a role in the critically acclaimed television series Slattery's People.

She had a starring role in the science fiction film Space Monster (1965). In (1967) Francine played a Amazon warrior named Niolani on "Lost in Space" first aired on 3-15-1967 Season 2 Episode 25.

In 1970, she gained some notoriety for a brief nude scene in Cannon for Cordoba. She appeared as a guest star in several episodes of The Wild Wild West television series with Robert Conrad. Francine appeared in three episodes of Love, American Style, and in many individual episodes of series such as Beverly Hills 90210, Brothers, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Mama's Family, Riptide, and The Streets of San Francisco. She appeared in Green Acres: The Agricultural Student, Season №4, Episode №101, first aired on 27 November 1968. She had a role in the drive-in film Welcome Home, Soldier Boys (1972). Ted V. Mikels then cast her as the lead in the film The Doll Squad (1973), which may have served as the inspiration for the television series Charlie's Angels.[3] From 1971–1983, she played a recurring role as Madame Thelma in the daytime television drama General Hospital. She appeared in "Perry Mason" "The Case of the Sausalito Sunrise" as Bobbi Dane (1965) and in the Columbo episode "The Forgotten Lady" (1975) as a police officer.

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