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Sheree North

Sheree North (1932-2005) was an actress and singer who appeared in numerous Broadway shows, Hollywood movies, and television series from the 1950s onwards. She was born Dawn Shirley Crang to Richard Crang and June Shoard. Her stepfather was Edward Bethel and she was known by his surname before she became Sheree North. She married at age 15, and had her first child, Dawn Bessire (b. 1949), at 17 years old.

She was originally hired by the studio as an alternative bubbly blonde to Marilyn Monroe, who was sometimes difficult to work with. North and Monroe appeared together in one film.

Her numerous television credits include The Golden Girls, Matlock (television series), Magnum, P.I., and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she played Lou Grant (Edward Asner)'s old girlfriend. Late in her career, North portrayed Babs, the mother of Kramer, in the 1995 Seinfeld episode in which Kramer's first name Cosmo is finally revealed. She also appeared in Part 1 of the 1998 Seinfeld finale.

Sheree North died at the age of 73 on November 4, 2005, from complications during cancer surgery at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

She is survived by her fourth husband, two daughters, and a grandchild.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Sheree North Facts

Birth NameDawn Shirley Crang
BirthdayJanuary 17, 1933
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Date of deathNovember 4, 2005 (Los Angeles, California, USA, age 72)
Height5' 4½" (1m64)  How tall is Sheree North compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Real American Hero
Hollywood Collection: Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend
Destination Inner Space
The Shootist
Charley Varrick
The Outfit
Anything Goes
The Trouble With Girls
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