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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Actress
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange, Peach
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Jerk)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Praise the Lord.

Birthplace

Born:
11/13/1948
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Actress
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange, Peach
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Jerk)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Praise the Lord.

Birthplace

Born:
11/13/1948
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Actress and producer Sheila Elaine Frazier was born on November 13, 1948, in the Bronx, New York, to Dorothy Dennis and Eugene Cole Frazier. Frazier lived on the Lower East Side of New York City until the age of ten, when she moved with her mother to Englewood, New Jersey. In Englewood, Frazier’s neighbors included stars and future stars like Clyde McPhatter, Van McCoy, The Isley Brothers and Dolly and Jackie McClean. Frazier attended P.S. 97 in New York City and Liberty School in New Jersey. At Englewood’s Dwight Morrow High School, her classmates were Margaret Travolta and Hazel Smith. Inspired by Susan Hayward’s performance in the film, I’ll Cry Tomorrow, Frazier longed to be an actress but was hampered by a speech impediment. Graduating in 1966, Frazier moved to New York City where she served in various clerical positions with Allied Stores, Boutique magazine and the United Negro College Fund.

Recruited by the noted Negro Ensemble Company photographer Bert Andrews, Frazier became acquainted with the New York arts community. Frazier studied acting at HB (Herbert Berkoff) Studios in New York, under the direction of Bill Hickey and Uta Hagen. Eventually actor Richard Roundtree encouraged Frazier to take acting lessons from Gilbert Moses at the Negro Ensemble Company which led to additional training with Dick Anthony Williams at the New Federal Theatre. Frazier, then working for a real estate company, had done some industrial films and commercials before Roundtree helped her get an audition with Gordon Parks, who was casting for a new film, Super Fly. In the film Frazier plays Georgia, the sultry girlfriend of the hustler Priest, who was portrayed by Ron O’Neal. The tremendous box office success of Super Fly along with her instant street recognition surprised Frazier; from that point on she was admired as an iconic beauty in the black community. She appeared in Super Fly T.N.T., the sequel to Super Fly and other Blaxploitation films of the 1970s including Three The Hard Way with Jim Brown and The Super Cops. Frazier appeared in the 1978 film, California Suite, with Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor and The Hitter with Ron O’Neal and Adolph Caesar in 1979. Frazier was cast with Louis Gossett, Jr. in the television series, The Lazarus Syndrome, in 1979; other television appearances include Lou Grant, Dallas, The Loveboat, Cagney and Lacey, Gimme A Break and 227. Frazier appeared on The West Wing in 1999 and The District in 2001; she has also appeared as herself in television biographies of Jim Brown and Ron O’Neal. Frazier’s 2008 documentary film on African American intergenerational wisdom transmission is entitled You Don’t Get Old by Being A Fool.

By 1980, Frazier was hosting a community affairs show on KNXT-TV in Los Angeles. In 1982, she was hired as a story editor by Richard Pryor’s Indigo Productions. In 1985, Frazier was coordinating producer for Essence magazine’s television series and produced Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) Live from L.A. with Tonya Hart. Frazier worked with the talent on BET’s Screen Scene from 1992 to 1999 and headed up the Talent Department for BET for thirteen years. As the founding director of Frazier Multimedia Group in 2003, Frazier provides talent grooming and field production.

Frazier lives in Los Angeles and has one son, music producer, Derek McKeith.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sheila Frazier's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sheila Frazier lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sheila Frazier describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sheila Frazier talks about her mother's upbringing in Yonkers, the Bronx, and Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sheila Frazier describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sheila Frazier talks about her father's World War II service and post-traumatic stress
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sheila Frazier recalls her earliest childhood memories from the Lower East Side of New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sheila Frazier talks about her father's World War II service in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps and his personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sheila Frazier remembers her childhood on New York's Lower East Side, and her uncle Jackie McLean and aunt Clarice "Dollie" McLean
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sheila Frazier recalls the roles of music and church during her childhood on New York City's Lower East Side
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sheila Frazier contrasts her earlier childhood on New York's Lower East Side and her adolescence in suburban Englewood, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sheila Frazier describes her neighborhood growing up in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sheila Frazier talks about her aunt, Clarice "Dollie" McLean
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sheila Frazier describes her elementary school years at P.S. 97 on New York City's Lower East Side
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sheila Frazier talks about her speech impediment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sheila Frazier lists the actors and movies that inspired her growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sheila Frazier talks about her favorite TV shows growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sheila Frazier talks about her interests at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sheila Frazier describes seeking employment after graduating from Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey in 1966
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sheila Frazier recalls being asked to model and working for HistoryMaker Vy Higgensen's 'Boutique' Magazine in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sheila Frazier describes the racial issues she experienced while working as a secretary in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sheila Frazier describes visiting the Black Panther Party at their headquarters in Harlem, New York in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sheila Frazier describes volunteering with the Black Panther Party and working for the United Negro College Fund
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sheila Frazier recalls her first acting job, a L'Eggs hosiery commercial
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sheila Frazier describes joining the Negro Ensemble Company and studying at the HB Studio in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sheila Frazier describes friend, mentor, and fellow actor Adolph Caesar
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sheila Frazier describes the Negro Ensemble Company, the New Federal Theatre, and her audition for 'Superfly' (1972)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sheila Frazier recalls playing the role of "Georgia" in 'Super Fly' (1972)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sheila Frazier compares the blaxploitation films 'Super Fly' (1972) and 'Shaft' (1971)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sheila Frazier reflects upon the social implications of blaxploitation films like 'Super Fly'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sheila Frazier describes the relationship between her character "Georgia" and Ron O'Neal's "Priest" in 'Super Fly T.N.T' (1973)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sheila Frazier reflects upon the effect 'Super Fly' had on her and Ron O'Neal's careers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sheila Frazier reflects upon 'Super Fly's impact on the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sheila Frazier talks about black female action stars Tamara Dobson and Pam Grier
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sheila Frazier describes starring opposite HistoryMaker Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr. on 'The Lazarus Syndrome'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sheila Frazier talks about working with Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor on 'California Suite'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sheila Frazier describes her friend Richard Pryor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sheila Frazier lists projects she has worked on alongside Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, Ron O'Neal, and Adolph Caesar
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sheila Frazier talks about working as a producer for Richard Pryor's Indigo Productions in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sheila Frazier describes hosting a community affairs talk show in Los Angeles, California, and then becoming a producer in 1982
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sheila Frazier talks about producing 'Live from LA with Tanya Hart' for BET
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sheila Frazier reflects upon her time at BET
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sheila Frazier describes the projects she worked on at BET
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sheila Frazier describes her documentary, 'You Don't Get Old Being a Fool'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sheila Frazier talks about her concerns for young people, and what can be learned from older generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sheila Frazier talks about the people she interviewed for her oral history documentary 'You Don't Get Old Being a Fool'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sheila Frazier talks about producing 'Bobby Jones Gospel' for BET
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sheila Frazier talks about her son and his love for music
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Sheila Frazier talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sheila Frazier reflects upon her life and what she would do differently
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sheila Frazier talks about her future plans, the type of role she would like to perform, and about her faith
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sheila Frazier reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sheila Frazier talks about how she would like to be remembered