Elizabeth Baur

Born December 1, 1947
Los Angeles, California

Died September 30, 2017 (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress

Elizabeth Baur (December 1, 1947 – September 30, 2017) was an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Teresa O’Brien on the CBS western series, Lancer, with Andrew Duggan, James Stacy, Wayne Maunder, and Paul Brinegar, and as Officer Fran Belding on NBC’s crime drama series Ironside.

Personal life

Elizabeth Baur was born in Los Angeles, California. Juanita Gless, her great-grandmother, was an early settler of California who came from the Basque region of France. Actress Sharon Gless is Baur’s first cousin.

Her father, Jack Baur, was a veteran casting director at 20th Century Fox, and did not want his daughter in the industry.

She attended Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles and was a student at Los Angeles Valley College “for a year and three-quarters.” She left college to join a 20th Century Fox program for training actors.

Baur succeeded Barbara Anderson in portraying a female detective on NBC television’s Ironside, as her character of Fran Belding replaced Anderson’s Eve Whitfield. In 1972, she told a reporter: “They interviewed 100 girls for this role. Then they had 14 of us come in and read for the part. Finally they gave seven of us screen tests. I was really surprised they chose me.” Two years later, she said, “Officer Fran Belding is the hardest part I’ve ever had to play, because she’s so straight, so normal.”

Baur would work with Anderson in the 1993 TV reunion movie The Return of Ironside, reprising her role as Fran Belding alongside her former co-stars Raymond Burr, Don Galloway and Don Mitchell.


Baur died on September 30, 2017, after a lengthy illness at age 69. She was survived by her husband and her daughter.



Year Film Role

1968 The Boston Strangler Harriet Fordin
1993 The Return of Ironside Fran Belding


Year Title Role Notes

1968 Batman Fourth Policewoman One episode: “Nora Clavicle and the Ladies’ Crime Club”
1968–1970 Lancer Teresa O’Brien 51 episodes
1970 Daniel Boone Virginia One episode: “Noblesse Oblige”
The Young Rebels Rachel One episode: “The Infiltrator”
1971 Room 222 Meaghan One episode: “Cheating”
Nanny and the Professor Susan Baxter One episode: “The Communication Gap”
1971–1975 Ironside Fran Belding 89 episodes
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Fran Bleding One episode: “Five Days in the Death of Sgt. Brown: Part II” (crossover appearance)
Emergency! Sister Barbara One episode: “Saddled”
1975 S.W.A.T. Dr. Ellen Benton One episode: “Silent Night, Deadly Night”
1977 ABC Weekend Specials Annabel One episode: “Valentine’s Second Chance”
1978 Police Woman Joslyn Westmore One episode: “Flip of a Coin”
1981 Fantasy Island Lucy Carson One episode: “The Man from Yesterday/World’s Most Desirable Woman”
1984 Remington Steele Margie Kelsey One episode: “Second Base Steele”

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