Filled Under: Jane Frazee
“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.” ~ Jane Frazee
Mary Jane Frehse, known as Jane Frazee, was an American actress, singer, and dancer. Born on July 18, 1918 in Duluth Minnesota she became a professional entertainer at the age of six when Jane and her sister Ruth Frazee started a vaudeville act and appeared in nightclubs and on radio. 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 landed a leading role in the B film “Melody and Moonlight” (1940), the first of four “Moonlight..” musicals the young actress made for Universal Pictures. Under contract to the studio, she appeared in numerous musical films, including, most notably, “Buck Privates”, the high-grossing 1941 World War II comedy starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Jane also frequently performed in Westerns, both in movies and on television, working with genre stars like Roy Rogers, Charles Starrett, Guinn Williams, Clayton Moore, Jock Mahoney, and Gene Autry. The actress ended her Hollywood career after appearing as “Alice McDoakes” in several Joe McDoakes one reel short subjects between 1954 and 1956. After retiring from acting, Jane started a successful real estate business. All told Franzee had 65 titles to her credit in film and television.
In 1942, Frazee married silent film actor and director Glenn Tryon. The marriage lasted five years and produced one son, Timothy. Jane Frazee died from complications from a stroke on September 6, 1985 in Newport Beach, California.