Frances Raymond
Raymond (left) with Bebe Daniels in Two Weeks with Pay (1921)
BornMay 24, 1869
Salem, Massachusetts, United States
DiedJune 18, 1961 (aged 92)
Years active1915–1947 (film)

Frances Raymond (1869–1961) was an American stage and film actress.[1] An established character actress, she played in a number of supporting roles during the silent era. Later, during the sound era, she primarily played much smaller, uncredited parts.

Raymond was the daughter of Frederick Lapzieu of Brooklyn.[2]


Raymond's acting career ended in 1894.[3] She acted with the Frohman road companies[4] and had been performing in The Girl I Left Behind Me in Memphis when she and the management parted ways. Management of Charles Frohman's company said that she had been incompetent, while she said that she angered a company official by resisting his advances.[5]

Turning from acting to writing, Raymond spent almost three years working on a novel, Maylou, which the G. W. Dillingham Company published in 1897. Critics attacked the book's plot and style, compounding its lack of success while creating "a sort of ephemeral notoriety" for it.[5] That lack of success led to her becoming "melancholy and morose".[6]

Personal life

In 1892, Raymond married businessman Franklin Raymond Wallace, Some time later "she discovered that Wallace was a married man with a daughter nearly as old as herself."[4] He settled a lawsuit that she had filed by promising to pay her $100 per month. By 1896, she said that he had stopped those payments. Therefore, she sued him for $50,000.[4] Later, Raymond felt deserted by a young doctor whom she had "loved deeply"[6] after he had paid "marked attention" to her for two years before telling her that he intended to marry someone else.[2]


On June 18, 1961, Raymond died of asphyxiation in her New York apartment.[6] She committed suicide by inhaling gas[7] in her New York City apartment after she had closed off the keyhole and the space under the door and removed three of the chandelier's four gas burners.[5]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Goble p.193
  2. ^ a b "Fair woman sought peace in death'[s embrace". The Philadelphia Inquirer. May 6, 1901. p. 1. Retrieved July 25, 2021 – via
  3. ^ "$50,000 for a Broken Heart". Buffalo Evening News. New York, Buffalo. July 30, 1896. p. 38. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via Open access icon
  4. ^ a b c "She Asks for $50,000". The Anaconda Standard. Montana, Anaconda. New York Journal. August 3, 1896. p. 3. Retrieved October 1, 2018 – via Open access icon
  5. ^ a b c "Takes Her Own Life After Years of Failure". Star Tribune. Minnesota, Minneapolis. May 7, 1901. p. 1. Retrieved July 25, 2021 – via
  6. ^ a b c "Pathetic Life Story". The Daily Republican. Pennsylvania, Monongahela. June 26, 1901. p. 2. Retrieved October 1, 2018 – via Open access icon
  7. ^ "Actress and Authoress Commits Suicide" (PDF). The New York Times. New York, New York City. May 6, 1901. Retrieved 2 October 2018.