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Francine York, Cult Film And TV Actress, Dies at 80

| by David Bonner

Francine York, an actress with more than 150 television and film credits, has died.

York, 80, died of Cancer on Jan. 6, reports Variety. She considered her most popular movie to be “The Doll Squad,” in which beautiful government agents battle evil-doers. Released in 1973, it pre-dated “Charlie’s Angels” by several years.

Her movie career was launched by Jerry Lewis, who cast her in five of his films, including such classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Disorderly Orderly.”

Her sex appeal was exploited in numerous B-movies like “Curse of the Swamp People” and “The Centerfold Girls,” in which she often appeared scantily-clad in latex or leather. She was the object of Elvis Presley’s affection in “Tickle Me,” one of the rock star’s many critically-condemned cinematic efforts.

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But also appeared alongside acting legends Marlon Brando and David Niven in the comedy “Bedtime Story,” which was later re-made by Steve Martin as “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

York’s many television credits include guest roles on “Batman,” “Betwitched,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “My Favorite Martian,” “Green Acres,” “Lost in Space,” “Land of the Giants,” "The Streets of San Francisco," "Columbo," "Kojak," "Wild Wild West," "Police Story," "Mission Impossible," "Perry Mason," and other classics of the 1960s and 1970s.

In the 1980s and 1990s, she had guest spots in such notable TV hits as "Mr. Belvedere,” “Matlock,” and "Beverly Hills 90210.”

Over the course of her long career, she also did commercials for Max Factor, Chrysler, Betty Crocker, Chevrolet, among other national brands.

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According to York's official website, she was a gourmet cook who “hosted dinners for sometimes as many as 80-100 with such stars as Clint Eastwood, Peter Ustinov, Glenn Ford, Rex Harrison, and her many more. Her recipes have also appeared in both Hollywood movie magazines and health magazines.”

Sources: Variety, FrancineYork.com / Photo Credit: FrancineYork.com

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