Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fran Ryan

Who died on this date:

On January 15, 2000, actress Fran Ryan died. She was born on November 29, 1916 in Los Angeles, California. She performed comedy, singing and acting on stage in California and Chicago but was not to launch her television career for two decades. Her small screen debut came in an episode on Television's, Batman in 1966, followed by a bit part in The Beverley Hillbillies. Ryan's first supporting cast television role was as Aggie Thompson in first several episodes of The Doris Day Show. The same season she was offered the 'replacement' role on the hit series Green Acres as Doris Ziffel from 1969-1971. Ryan also starred on the long running TV Western series Gunsmoke during its twentieth and final season as Miss Hannah (Cobb). Fran Ryan also played the role of Rosie Carlson in the soap opera, Days of Our Lives (1976-1979) and Sister Agatha on General Hospital in (1979). She also did voices for numerous cartoons. She starred in many feature films, including Flush (1977), Big Wednesday (1978), Take this Job and Shove IT (1981), Pale Rider (1985),  and in her scene-stealing cameo in 1981's Stripes, as a tortured cab fare to Bill Murray as the cabbie, in the opening scenes of the comedy film. Ryan died on January 15, 2000 and is buried at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Hayward, California. My Great Grandfather Timothy Barry is buried in the plot directly behind, Miss Ryan and his headstone can be seen to the left.

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