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IN MEMORY OF ACTRESS FRANCHINE YORK

Updated: August 30, 2017

Actress Francine York, who had more than 150 television and film credits, died Friday in Van Nuys, Calif., She was 80 and had cancer, according to her close friend Pepper Jay.

York once declared the 1973 cult film "The Doll Squad" her most popular film, but she played everything from an alien to a exotic belly dancer. On "Batman," she played Lydia Limpet, the Bookworm's henchwoman. Her credits include guest roles on "Bewitched," "General Hospital," "I Dream of Jeannie" and "My Favorite Martian" and "Lost in Space." She also appeared in "Tickle Me" with Elvis Presley. Her more recent roles include "Family Man" with Nicolas Cage, "Hot in Cleveland" and "Star Trek: Progeny."

Born Francine Yerich, she was raised in Aurora, Minn. and Cleveland, where she performed in school plays. She danced as a showgirl in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles, where she played the Moulin Rouge nightclub. Her screen career was launched when Jerry Lewis cast her in "It's Only Money," and she went on to appear in five more Lewis films.


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