#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this Day, March 24, 1937 actor Lynn Borden was born

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It was on this day, March 24, 1937,  American actress Lynn Freyse was born in Detroit.  As a child, Lynn’s family moved to Cleveland, Ohio and later Tucson, Arizona, in hopes of coping with her mother’s health needs, which required a warm, dry climate.

In Arizona, her mother to overcome Lynn’s natural bashfulness, enrolled her in acting classes  Lynn, a natural blonde, after high school, won scholarships as the 1957 Miss Arizona and hence as a contestant in the 1958 Miss America pageant where she was a preliminary swimsuit winner and a Top 10 semi-finalist.

Her acting education continued as she enrolled at the University of Arizona–Tucson, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. During this time, she performed theater work in Tucson, and garnered small parts in movies (primarily Westerns that were shot in the area. This training helped Lynn land the better parts in class plays and some small roles in Western films shot in Arizona.

In 1958, Lynn married Chris Borden.  The couple later divorced in 1963, but Lynn kept his surname, Borden, professionally.

After college, Lynn relocated to San Francisco and secured a small, credited part on the ABC series, Hawaiian Eye.  Her first role was un-credited as a party guest in Days of Wine and Roses (1962). The next year she had another un-credited part as a bus passenger in David Janssen’s ABC drama, The Fugitive.

In 1965,  following the cancelation of Hazel after 4 seasons by NBC, the show was picked up by CBS for one final season. CBS made cast changes to the show and Borden was selected for the role of Barbara Baxter opposite Ray Fulmer as her television husband, Steve Baxter. Borden’s role came to an end after one season when Hazel ended its run in 1966, purportedly due to Shirley Booth’s health problems.

Borden appeared in Walking Tall (1973) and the low-budget horror film Frogs (1972), about a town overrun by amphibians and reptiles.  Other film appearances include Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Black Mama White Mama (1973), Breezy (1973), Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974), Savannah Smiles (1982) and Hellhole (1985).

She has made guest appearances on such television series as My Three Sons, The F.B.I., Family Affair (twice), Ironside, Get Smart, The Mod Squad, Petrocelli, McMillan and Wife, Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island, The Fall Guy and CSI: NY. In her later years, Borden worked in commercials and plays.

On March 3, 2015, Lynn Borden died in Encino, California following an extended illness



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