Frances Rafferty

Frances Anne Rafferty (June 16, 1922 – April 18, 2004) was an American actress, dancer, World War II pin-up girl and MGM contract star. Frances Anne Rafferty was born in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Maxwell Lewis Rafftery, Sr. (born c. 1887), and the former DeEtta Cox Rafferty (born c. 1892), the younger sister of California conservative educator and politician Maxwell Lewis Rafferty (May 9, 1917, in New Orleans, Louisiana – June 13, 1982, near Troy, Alabama). Max Rafferty's wife was also named "Frances." At the age of nine she moved with her family to Los Angeles. At a young age she studied dancing, and her physical attributes and dancing skills led to work in the film industry. Signed by MGM Studios, Frances made her film debut in 1942. 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. Her only leading role likely to be seen on TV is in Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945).


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