Mary Frann

frann1February 27, 1943 – September 23, 1998

Best remembered as Bob Newhart’s other TV wife, Mary Frann (born Mary Frances Luecke) was a former pageant girl from St. Louis who studied acting in college and forged a nice career for herself –  mainly in television. From 1974-1979, Frann appeared on the popular soap opera Days of our Lives. From there, she made appearances on many TV shows including Fantasy Island and WKRP in Cincinnati. But, it was in 1982 that she was cast in her most famous role; that of Joanna Loudon, the wife of innkeeper/author Dick Loudon (Bob Newhart) on Newhart. The show was a success and ran for 8 years on CBS. She continued to do side projects all throughout her time on Newhart but never really found that level of success outside of it.  In 1998, at the age of 55, Mary died suddenly in her sleep from a heart attack.

Burial

Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City, CA

Note: Her headstone has been updated since this picture was taken.

Specific Location

Section CC-T 52 #58; 9 rows in front of a large statue of Jesus toward the middle of this section at the northern end of the park.

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