Sheila Frazier

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Sheila Frazier
BornSheila Elaine Frazier
(1948-11-13) November 13, 1948 (age 64)
The Bronx, New York, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1972–present
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Sheila Frazier
BornSheila Elaine Frazier
(1948-11-13) November 13, 1948 (age 64)
The Bronx, New York, United States
OccupationActress
Years active1972–present

Sheila Frazier (born November 13, 1948) is an American actress and producer, best known for her co-starring role in the film, Super Fly.

Contents

Biography

Sheila Elaine Frazier was born in The Bronx, New York to Dorothy Dennis and Eugene Cole Frazier. Growing up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, she attended P.S 97 before moving with her mother at the age of 10 to Englewood, New Jersey where she attended Liberty School. As a young girl she was a stutterer which contributed to her shyness. While in the sixth grade, a teacher purported to help overcome her stuttering by making an announcement to the class before Sheila's presentation: “I don’t want any laughter. Sheila’s a stutterer. I don’t want any laughter.” Frazier has said that it was the most painful thing she'd ever gone through, causing her more anxiety at the thought of speaking in public.[1]

While living in Englewood, some of her neighbors included Clyde McPhatter, Van McCoy, The Isley Brothers, and Dolly and Jackie McLean. She went to Dwight Morrow High School, where her classmates included Margaret Travolta. After seeing Susan Hayward in the film, I'll Cry Tomorrow, Frazier was inspired to become an actress, and after graduating from high school in 1966 at the age of 17, Frazier moved to New York City, staying with her godmother. She found work as a secretary.[2]

Modeling, movies and television

Riding home one day on the subway, Frazier was approached by a man who asked her if she had ever considered modeling. Feeling that he was legitimate, she followed up on the contact, doing photo sessions with his boss, Bert Andrews. She began to do runway modeling and print work but did not like the focus of attention on her. At some point she met Richard Roundtree who suggested she audition for the Negro Ensemble Company. Remembering Richard Roundtree's advice to focus on the part she was acting Frazier was amazed to find that she had overcome her stuttering. Five months later she auditioned for the film Super Fly, winning the role of Georgia, the lead actress. She went on to work in many film and television productions, including Three the Hard Way. In 1980 she hosted a community affairs show on KNXT-TV in Los Angeles. She worked as a story editor at Richard Pryor's Indigo Productions. Frazier resides in Los Angeles with her husband John Atchison. She has a son, music producer, Derek McKeith.

Film and television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1972Super FlyGeorgiacrime drama film
1973Super Fly T.N.T.Georgiacrime drama film
1974The Super Copsaction drama film
1974Three The Hard Wayaction drama film
1977Starsky and Hutchtelevision miniseries
1978California Suitecomedy film
1978Kingtelevision miniseries
1979The Hitteraction drama film
1981Lou Granttelevision drama series
1982Dallastelevision soap opera
1982The Love Boattelevision series
1983Two of a Kindromantic comedy film
1985Gimme a Break!television sitcom
1985Magnum, P.I.television series
1986Cagney & Laceytelevision series
1988227television sitcom
1999The West Wingtelevision serial drama
2000The Districttelevision police drama
2001All About Youcomedy film
2004NCIStelevision police drama
2006X-Men: The Last Standsuperhero film

References

External links