Museum of the Gulf Coast

Frances Fisher

frances fisher.jpgActress

Before Frances Fisher arrived in Orange, Texas, she had lived in England, Turkey, Brazil, France, Italy, Colombia, and Iowa. With a father who was involved in supervising construction overseas, Frances had moved nine times before she reached the age of 15. Fisher started her acting career at the Orange Community Playhouse in Orange, Texas. Fresh out of Lutcher Stark High School, and working as a secretary at Firestone, Fisher says at quitting time she "would up and rush down to OCP" for rehearsals. Fisher appeared in Summer and Smoke, A Man for All Seasons, and Mame, before deciding acting was the career for her. John Holland, in Orange to retire, first suggested she turn professional, and gave Fisher a letter of introduction to the Barter Theater in Virginia. Fisher eventually spent 14 years in New York City working in theater and on the television soap operas The Edge of Night and The Guiding Light. Feeling that she had "kinda hit a ceiling" there, she set off for Los Angeles. Since then, Fisher has appeared in several television productions and in feature films including L.A. Story, The Principal, Pink Cadillac, Patty Hearst, Tough Guys Don't Dance, Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?, and Heart. Her more recent credits include several movies for television (including the role of Lucille Ball in Luci and Desi) and a critically acclaimed performance as Strawberry Alice, opposite Clint Eastwood, in Unforgiven.

Museum of the
Gulf Coast

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The Museum of the Gulf Coast is administered by the Port Arthur Historical Society