DAYS and GH Actress Francine York Dies at 80
Veteran actress Francine York, who appeared on the daytime soaps DAYS OF OUR LIVES and GENERAL HOSPITAL, died on the morning of Jan. 6 at the age of 80 following a battle with cancer.
(Photo Credit: Amy Graves/Getty Images for Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival)
York got her start as a model, and got her big break when Jerry Lewis cast her as a sexpot in his movie, It’s Only Money. This led to Lewis hiring her for five more of his films, including The Nutty Professor. She also appeared with Marlon Brando and David Niven in Bedtime Story, and with Elvis Presley in Tickle Me. In 2000, she played Nicolas Cage‘s mother-in-law in the film The Family Man.
On television, York appeared in numerous series, including PERRY MASON, LOST IN SPACE, BEWITCHED, and BATMAN. In recent years, the actress appeared in episodes of HOT IN CLEVELAND and THE MINDY PROJECT.
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Daytime fans will remember York for her role as Lorraine Farr Temple on DAYS in 1978. The character arrived in Salem claiming politician Don Craig was the father of her child, Donna. After Don lost a senate election because of the scandal, Lorraine skipped town, but left Donna behind. Donna was played by Tracey E. Bregman, who is now starring as Lauren on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. York also played the character of Thelma on GENERAL HOSPITAL IN 1982.
York also worked as a fitness/nutrition expert and cook, making various appearances on TV to demonstrate her skills in the kitchen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, York was finishing work on her autobiography at the time of her death.
Our thoughts are with York’s friends and family during this difficult time.
Take a look back at some of her most memorable moments in Hollywood in our special flashback gallery below!
Francine York Robert Reed 2
York appeared with BRADY BUNCH star Robert Reed in the 1969 episode of LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE titled "Love and the Wild Party."
Days Cast 1978
Pictured: (l-r front row) Mark Tapscott, Margaret Mason, Suzanne Rogers, Martha Nix, John Clarke, Macdonald Carey, Frances Reid, Natasha Ryan, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Andrea Hall (l-r 2nd Row) Elaine Princi, Cindy Fisher, Stephen Manley, Jed Allan, Deidre Hall, Wesley Eure, Edward Mallory, Bill Hayes, Richard Guthrie (l-r 3rd Row) Francine York, Tracey Bregman, Suzanne Zenor, Fran Ryan, Mary Frann, Joseph Gallison, Kaye Stevens, Robert Clary, Kate Woodville (l-r Top Row) Marty Davich, Michael Dwight Smith, Rose Fonseca, Don Frabotta, Frederic Downs, Eileen Barnett John Lupton, Stewart Bradley, William H. Bassett
Francien York Tom Selleck
York posed with MAGNUM P.I. star Tom Selleck at the 7th Annual People's Choice Awards in 1981.
Francine York Roddy Mc Dowell
In 1966, York appeared as Lydia Limpet alongside Roddy McDowell's Bookworm as the villains in the BATMAN episodes "The Bookworm Turns" and "While Gotham Burns."
Francine York Bewitched
In 1971, York appeared as a statue of Venus brought to life by Endora to tempt Darrin away from Samantha in an episode of the classic BEWITCHED.
Francine York Peter Palmer
York cut a rug with actor Peter Palmer in the 1969 episode of LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE called "Love and the Wild Party."
Francine York Robert Reed
In the "Love and the Wild Party" episode of LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE, York and THE BRADY BUNCH's Robert Reed starred as a naive couple who attend a swinging party!
Francine York Robert Stack
York was looking extremely glamorous in the 1963 episode of THE UNTOUCHABLES titled "The Butcher's Boy." Series star Robert Stack certainly couldn't take his eyes off her!
Francine York Karl Malden
York appeared with the 1976 episode of THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO titled "Monkey is Back" alongside series star Karl Malden.
Francine York Getty
Attending the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Opening Night Gala on May 18, 2016, in Los Angeles.