Arlene Francis

Died May 31st, 2001

Actress Arlene Francis Dies
By Ron Harris
Associated Press Writer
Friday, June 1, 2001; 1:25 p.m. EDT

SAN FRANCISCO Arlene Francis, the witty actress and television personality who was a panelist on the popular "What's My Line?" show for its 25-year run, has died. She was 93.

Francis died Thursday at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. Her son, Peter Gabel, said she had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for many years.

With her warmth, quick wit and infectious laugh, the fashionably dressed Francis was one of the busiest personalities on television in the 1950s.

At one point, she was host of "Home" a daytime magazine program on NBC five days a week, mistress of ceremonies of "Talent Patrol" on ABC Thursday nights and panelist on "What's My Line?" on CBS Sunday nights.

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