Elizabeth Baur (Elizabeth Baur)

Elizabeth Baur

Elizabeth Baur (December 1, 1947 – September 30, 2017) was an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Teresa O’Brien on the CBS western series, Lancer, with Andrew Duggan, James Stacy, Wayne Maunder, and Paul Brinegar, and as Officer Fran Belding on NBC’s crime drama series Ironside. Elizabeth Baur was born in Los Angeles, California. Juanita Gless, her great-grandmother, was an early settler of California who came from the Basque region of France. Actress Sharon Gless is Baur’s first cousin. Her father, Jack Baur, was a veteran casting director at 20th Century Fox, and did not want his daughter in the industry. She attended Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles and was a student at Los Angeles Valley College “for a year and three-quarters.” She left college to join a 20th Century Fox program for training actors. Baur succeeded Barbara Anderson in portraying a female detective on NBC television’s Ironside, as her character of Fran Belding replaced Anderson’s Eve Whitfield. In 1972, she told a reporter: “They interviewed 100 girls for this role. Then they had 14 of us come in and read for the part. Finally they gave seven of us screen tests. I was really surprised they chose me.” Two years later, she said, “Officer Fran Belding is the hardest part I’ve ever had to play, because she’s so straight, so normal.” Elizabeth Baur would work with Anderson in the 1993 TV reunion movie The Return of Ironside, reprising her role as Fran Belding alongside her former co-stars Raymond Burr, Don Galloway and Don Mitchell. Elizabeth Baur died on September 30, 2017 after a lengthy illness at age 69.

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  • December, 01, 1947
  • USA
  • Los Angeles, California


  • September, 30, 2017
  • USA
  • Los Angeles, California

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