Karen Elizabeth Fraction|
February 15, 1958
Flint, Michigan, United States
October 30, 2007 49) (aged|
Largo, Florida, United States
Karen E. Fraction|
Karen Elizabeth Fraction Hamilton (February 15, 1958 – October 30, 2007) was an American actress, dancer and model from Flint, Michigan. She is probably best remembered as Dr. Perry, the Chief Medical Officer in seaQuest 2032, and Jennifer Parker, one of the main characters in My Brother and Me.
During her second year at Adelphi University, where she earned a bachelor degree in communication arts in 1980, she was cast in a touring production of The Wiz. This eventually led her to Broadway, where she debuted in The Tap Dance Kid starring Hinton Battle. Other credits include a 1987 revival of Cabaret, Anything Goes, the 1991 revival of Oh, Kay! as well as touring Europe and Japan in Bob Fosse's Dancin'. She also participated in the famous 1985 concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Follies and performed at the Radio City Music Hall.
"If you can work on projects you believe in, have fun with and touch people's lives, that's success," she told The Flint Journal in 1994 after taking a starring role as Jennifer Parker in My Brother and Me. Although the show only lasted the 1994/1995 season it brought her enough attention that she was cast as Dr. Perry in seaQuest 2032, replacing Rosalind Allen, although due to the show's move to a more military tone her part was a recurring character instead of a main character.
She has also appeared in commercials and magazine advertisements dating from the 1980s, including AT&T, K-Mart, Febreze and Denny's, several of which are viewable on her website as well as clips from other TV appearances.
She died on October 30, 2007, after five years with breast cancer. She is survived by her two children, Lauren Elizabeth Jean and Lawrence Wm. Morris, and her husband Lawrence Hamilton.
- Sheena (TV) (2 episodes) (2001)
- Taina (TV) (Pilot) (2001) .... Dance Instructor
- Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) (In Harm's Way: Part 2) (1999) .... Judge Millhouse
- The First of May (1999) .... Doctor
- Palmetto (1998) .... Plainclothes Cop
- seaQuest 2032 (TV) (Recurring Character) (1995–1996) .... Dr. Perry
- Our Son, the Matchmaker (1996) .... Claudia Wade
- My Brother and Me (TV) (Main Character) (1994) .... Jennifer Parker
- Swamp Thing (TV) (1 episode) (1992) .... Tanda
- Follies in Concert (1986) .... Dancer
- Robert Simonson, "Karen Fraction, Broadway Dancer, Dies at 49, Playbill.com, 6 November 2007]
- Karen Fraction Resume
- IMBb Follies in Concert
- Ed Bradley, "Actress, Flint native Karen Fraction-Hamilton dies", The Flint Journal, October 30, 2007]
- Clips of Karen Fraction Viewable on her site