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Actress Mary Frann Dies at 55

September 23, 1998

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Mary Frann, who played Bob Newhart’s wife on TV’s ``Newhart,″ died Wednesday at 55.

Ms. Frann died at her home. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

On ``Newhart,″ which ran on CBS for eight years, she played Joanna Louden, who with her husband ran a bed-and-breakfast in New England.

She also starred in the ABC series ``Kings Crossing″ and in the Jackie Collins miniseries ``Lucky Chances″ on NBC, and played Amanda Peters for four years on NBC’s ``Days of Our Lives.″

She appeared in the TV movies ``Fatal Charm,″ ``Single Women, Married Men,″ ``Eight is Enough: A Family Reunion″ and ``The Hitchhiker.″

Born in St. Louis, Ms. Frann studied drama at Northwestern University and worked as weather reporter for the NBC station in St. Louis. She was also host of a morning show on the ABC station in Chicago for four years.

She is survived by two sisters and a brother.