Jacqueline Beer
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Jacqueline Beer
Jacqueline Beer
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Beer in 1962
Jacqueline Vangramberg

(1932-10-14) 14 October 1932 (age 87)
Other namesJacqueline Baer
Years active1955-1979
Jean Antoine Garcia Roady
Thor Heyerdahl
(m. 1991; died 2002)

Jacqueline Beer (born Jacqueline Vangramberg; 14 October 1932 in Paris, France),[1] sometimes credited as Jacqueline Baer, is a former Hollywood film and television actress who was Miss France in the 1954 Miss Universe Pageant.[2] She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Thor Heyerdahl Institute, located in Larvik, Norway. Her second husband was scientist Thor Heyerdahl.

Early years

Beer's father was "a well-known writer and owner of a large horse farm."[3] Her formal education came at a convent near Paris.[3]

Film and TV

Soon after competing in the Miss Universe contest, Beer signed a contract with Paramount Pictures.[4] Her American film debut came in 1956 when she had an uncredited role as a model in That Certain Feeling.[5] She was also in Screaming Eagles (1956)[6] and The Prize (1963).[7]

She is best remembered today for her five-year role as Suzanne Fabray, nicknamed "Frenchy," the charming and efficient switchboard operator (and occasional operative) on the classic private eye TV series 77 Sunset Strip.[]

Personal life

Beer married Jean Antoine Garcia Roady, an accountant, on November 26, 1955.[8] They had two sons, Serge and Laurent, and a daughter, Sabine.[9]

In 1991, Beer married ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, whom she met in Güímar, on the Spanish island of Tenerife. She became part of his work, using her skills as an amateur photographer. Since his death in 2002, she has remained active in the Thor Heyerdahl Research Centre in Aylesbury, UK, and is Chair of the Board of Directors.[]

Television appearances

Year Title Role Notes
1955 The People's Choice Yvette "Sock Plays Cupid", with Jackie Cooper
1956 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Yvette Three episodes
1958 Maverick Henriette Episode: "Diamond in the Rough" with Jack Kelly
1958-1964 77 Sunset Strip Suzanne, the switchboard operator Recurring Role
1959 Sugarfoot Yvette Marveux Episode: "The Royal Raiders" with Will Hutchins
1960 The Alaskans Jacqueline St. Clair Episode "The Seal Skin-Game"
1961-1962 Bronco Celeste Powell and Duchess Eugenia Two episodes
1965 The Rogues Jean Episode "Gambit by the Golden Gate"
1965 Mister Ed Inez Episode "Ed the Counterspy"
1965 Run for Your Life Jeannine Manet Episode "The Cold, Cold War of Paul Bryan"
1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Genevieve Fiamma Episode "The Re-Collectors Affair"
1966 Daniel Boone Heloise Jolliet Episode "Gabrie"
1966 Jericho Episode "Upbeat and Underground"
1979 The French Atlantic Affair Madam Grilley


  1. ^ Aaker, Everett (2006). Encyclopedia of Early Television Crime Fighters. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6409-8, pp. 39-40,
  2. ^ "Ah, Go On, Try It". Waco Tribune-Herald. 11 July 1954. p. 8. Retrieved 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b "Miss France of 1954 in '77 Sunset Strip'". Pennsylvania, Titusville. The Titusville Herald. 23 July 1960. p. 7. Retrieved 2016 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  4. ^ Belser, Emily (13 July 1955). "'Miss Universe' Winners Seldom Become Success". Texas, Corsicana. Corsicana Daily Sun. p. 11. Retrieved 2016 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  5. ^ "Hollywood News Briefs". Texas, Denton. Denton Record-Chronicle. 27 November 1955. p. 16. Retrieved 2016 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  6. ^ "(advertisement)". California, Long Beach. Long Beach Independent. 15 May 1956. p. 11. Retrieved 2016 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  7. ^ "(TV listing)". Texas, Pampa. Pampa Daily News. 23 October 1977. p. 20. Retrieved 2016 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  8. ^ "Plan to Wed". Virginia, Danville. The Bee. 26 November 1955. p. 12. Retrieved 2016 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  9. ^ Resnik, Bert (14 April 1963). "Bert's Eye View". California, Long Beach. Independent Press-Telegram. p. 97. Retrieved 2016 – via Newspapers.com.open access

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