Elizabeth Baur of TV’s ‘Ironside’ Dies @ 69

Elizabeth Baur, who played Officer Fran Belding on Ironside from 1971-1975, died September 30, her publicist Paul Gendreau told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 69.

Baur died "following a lengthy illness."

Baur made her TV debut on an episode of Batman in 1968 and her film debut in The Boston Strangler, starring Tony Curtis (1925-2010), Henry Fonda (1905-1982) and George Kennedy (1925-2016), that same year.

Baur on Lancer (Video still via CBS)

She was a series regular on Lancer (1968-1970), a western about a ranch family headed up by a charismatic character played by James Stacy (1936-2016), and made about a dozen guest-starring spots on TV until 1984.

It was Baur's series-regular role as Officer Belding on Ironside — and in the 1993 reunion project The Return of Ironside, her final project — with which she was most closely associated. The Raymond Burr (1917-1993) series also featured Don Galloway (1937-2009), Don Mitchell (1943-2013) and Barbara Anderson (b. 1945). Baur appeared in an impressive 89 episodes, plus the TV movie.

Baur with the cast of Ironside (Image via NBC)

Baur left acting to raise her daughter, Lesley Worton, who is now a producer (Mole Man, 2017). She is survived by her husband Steve, by her daughter, and by her cousin, TV actress Sharon Gless (b. 1943).

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