Bennett, Fran 1937–

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BENNETT, Fran 1937–

(Fran Benett)


Born August 14, 1937, in Malvern, AK.


Publicist—House of Representatives, 400 S. Beverly Dr., Suite 101, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Actress. Fisk University, instructor of speech and technical director theater, 1954–55; Guthrie Theatre, voice and movement director, 1966–78; California Institute of the Arts, voice and movement teacher, 1978–?, later head of performance program; Shakespeare and Co., director of training, 1983.


Stage Appearances:

Lucy, Mandingo, Lycuem Theatre, New York City, 1961.

The House of Atreus, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1968–69.

Title role, King Lear, Brewery Arts Complex, Los Angeles, 2002.

Made New York debut as school clerk, Me, Candido, Greenwich Mews, NY; also appeared in In White America, NY; The Cantilevered Terrace, NY; Request Concert, House of Atreus, Oedipus, The Crucible, The National Health, The White Devil, Pantagleize, all Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN; Mahalia, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT; Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare & Co., Lenox, MA; as Ruby, A Land Beyond the River, Greenwich Mews, NY; chorus member, Eumenides; chorus leader, Choephori.

Stage Assistant to the Director:

Worked as assistant to the director in productions of Agamemnon and Choephori.

Film Appearances:

Emergency room nurse, Promises in the Dark, Orion, 1979.

Blind Tom: The Story of Thomas Bethune (short film), PBS, 1981.

Doctor #1, Romantic Comedy, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists Entertainment Company, 1983.

Airline clerk, The Morning After, Warner Home Video, 1986.

Mrs. Cook, How I Got into College, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1989.

Admission secretary, The Doctor, Buena Vista, 1991.

Dr. Christine Heffner, New Nightmare (also known as Wes Craven's New Nightmare), New Line Cinema, 1994.

Judge Holifield, Foxfire, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1996.

Dr. Beawoot, Leave It to Beaver, Universal, 1997.

Nun, 8MM (also known as 8mm—Acht Millimeter), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999.

Miss Bennett, Unbowed, 1999.

Judge Tracey Bennett, The Next Best Thing, Paramount, 2000.

Mrs. Quinn, The Sky Is Falling, Showcase Entertainment, 2000.

Grandmother, Maple (short film), 2001.

Television Appearances; Series:

Flora Johnston, General Hospital, ABC, 1983.

Head Nurse Lenore Ritt, Nightingales, NBC, 1989.

Chief Harris, Sunset Beach, NBC, 1997–99.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Clarissa, Friendships, Secrets and Lies, NBC, 1979.

Ms. Merriam, The Violation of Sarah McDavid, CBS, 1981.

Miss Deal, Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter, ABC, 1984.

(Uncredited) Night nurse, Between Two Women, ABC, 1986.

Mammy May, Roots: The Gift, ABC, 1988.

Judge Sandra Farrell, Crazy from the Heart, TNT, 1991.

Judge Richards, Breaking the Silence, CBS, 1992.

Majority Rule, Lifetime, 1992.

Dr. Liz Wells, Once in a Lifetime (also known as Danielle Steel's "Once in a Lifetime"), NBC, 1994.

Judge, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor, NBC, 1994.

Bessie Hays, What Love Sees, CBS, 1996.

Nurse Lorenzo, Tempting Fate, ABC, 1998.

Judge, The Jennie Project, The Disney Channel, 2001.

L.A. County 187, UPN, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

(Uncredited) Judge, Jake and the Fatman, CBS, 1987.

Nurse Ritt, Nightingales, NBC, 1988.

Mary, The Knife & Gun Club, ABC, 1990.

Debra, Plymouth, ABC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Nurse Matthews, The Woman Who Killed a Miracle, ABC, 1983.

Sookey, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, PBS and Showtime, 1984.

Blind Tom: The Story of Thomas Bethune, PBS, 1987.

Nurse Etting, My Dad Can't Be Crazy … (Can He?), ABC, 1989.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Olivia Thompson, "The Social Worker," Diff'rent Strokes, NBC, 1978.

Bev Tolner, "Let Me Count the Ways," Knots Landing, CBS, 1980.

Sarah, "Boomerang," Lou Grant, CBS, 1981.

Chaney, "Wedding," Lou Grant, CBS, 1981.

Kimya Haman, "Abby's Choice," Knots Landing, CBS, 1982.

Nurse Lucille, "The Ghost of Carter Gault," Matt Houston, ABC, 1983.

Receptionist, "Where Is Poppa?," Dallas, CBS, 1984.

"School Nurse," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1984.

Tour guide, "Episode #4," Hail to the Chief, ABC, 1985.

Nurse, "Cold Comfort," Falcon Crest, CBS, 1985.

Nurse, "Confessions," Falcon Crest, CBS, 1985.

Dr. Frolov, "Spirit of St. Louis," Shadow Chasers, ABC, 1985.

Morgue attendant, "Steele, Inc.," Remington Steele, NBC, 1986.

Nurse Julie Attucks, "To Tell the Truth," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1986.

Wanda Tale, "The Blue Chip Stomp," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1986.

UN chairman, "A Small Talent for War," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1986.

Dr. Faulkner, "The Legacy," Knots Landing, CBS, 1986.

Judge Hillary Miller–Johnson, "The Douglas Fur Ball," L.A. Law, NBC, 1987.

(Uncredited) Judge, "Fatal Attraction: Part 1," Jake and the Fatman, CBS, 1987.

Judge Hilary Johnson, "Hand Roll Express," L.A. Law, NBC, 1988.

Flora, "Back to Oakland," Highway to Heaven, NBC, 1988.

(As Fran Benett) Gloria Wilby, "The Trial," Dynasty, ABC, 1988.

Gloria Wilby, "The Proposal," Dynasty, ABC, 1988.

Mrs. Watson, "Happy Together," ALF, NBC, 1989.

Mrs. Johnson, "Green Christmas," Tour of Duty, CBS, 1989.

Anna, "Conspiracy," Mancuso, FBI, NBC, 1990.

Judge Wilde, "Deacon's Dilemma," Amen, NBC, 1990.

Betty Harding, "The Personal Trainer," Matlock, NBC, 1990.

Leonora Gates, "The Inquisition," WIOU, CBS, 1990.

Ruda, Virgil's aunt, "Family Matters," In the Heat of the Night, NBC, 1990.

Fleet Admiral Shanthi, "Redemption: Part 2," Star Trek: The Next Generation, syndicated, 1991.

Ada Simpson, "Justice—May 11, 1965," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1991.

Aunt Ruda, "Ruda's Awakening," In the Heat of the Night, NBC, 1991.

"Last Dance," Jake and the Fatman, CBS, 1992.

Marie Billings, "Trilogy: Part One (One Little Heart)—August 8, 1955," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1992.

Marie Billings, "Trilogy: Part Two (For Your Love)—June 14, 1966," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1992.

Marie Billings, "Trilogy: Part Three (The Last Door)—July 28, 1978," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1992.

Dr. Miller, "Jake vs. Jake," Melrose Place, Fox, 1992.

Aunt Ruda, "Last Rights," In the Heat of the Night, CBS, 1992.

Detective MacKenzie, "Proof in the Pudding," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1994.

Amelia Hamilton, "Negotiating: It's Never Personal," Arli$$, HBO, 1996.

Phyllis, "Union Station," ER, NBC, 1996.

"He Said, She Said," Crisis Center, NBC, 1997.

Dr. Andrea Porter, "Second Chances," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1997.

Miss Barrett, "Angels in Chains," Team Knight Rider, syndicated, 1998.

Judge A. Harding Joseph, "Pinch Hitters," Early Edition, CBS, 1999.

Mrs. Byrd, "Prototype," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Dr. Odelia Wilkes, "Letting Go," Chicago Hope, CBS, 2000.

Mrs. Byrd, "Weenis between Us," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Enid Connelly, "Sight Unseen," Becker, CBS, 2000.

Lawyer, "A Routine Case," Gideon's Crossing, ABC, 2000.

"Rule Number One," Providence, NBC, 2001.

"Just the Beginning: Part 1," Any Day Now, 2002.

Judge Ross, Days of Our Lives, 2002.

Beatrice Rahming, "The Hole–in–the–Wall Gang," Boomtown, NBC, 2003.

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