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News - July 23, 2014

Longtime Menlo Park resident Fran Kearton dies at 93

by Dave Boyce

The final curtain has come down on the life of Frances Peace Kearton of Menlo Park. Her varied career included fashion and runway modeling in New York City for the John Robert Powers agency; sharing a TV spotlight, comedic writing responsibilities and madcap antics for three years with Dick Van Dyke; opting for single motherhood in a time and place — 1950s Georgia — when that just wasn't done; and writing two comedic memoirs. Ms. Kearton died at Stanford Hospital on Saturday, July 12, after a brief illness. She was 93.

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