Lynn Borden, Actress on TV's 'Hazel,' Dies at 77

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Lynn Borden in 'Black Mama White Mama' (1973).

On the big screen, she was killed by an angry snapping turtle in the low-budget eco-horror film 'Frogs.'

Lynn Borden, who starred on the 1960s TV comedy Hazel and was done in by a killer turtle in the 1972 cult eco-horror film Frogs, died Tuesday after an extended illness, her family announced. She was 77. 

Borden played Barbara Baxter on the fifth and final season of Hazel, which starred Shirley Booth as a live-in maid. The show had shifted from NBC to CBS, and Hazel had moved in with another family.
Frogs, distributed by American International Pictures, stars Ray Milland as a wealthy wheelchair-bound man who is polluting the swamp around his island estate. Nature soon exacts its revenge, and Borden pays the price when she is stuck in the mud and killed by a snapping turtle. 
Borden also appeared in such films as Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Black Mama White Mama (1973), Walking Tall (1973), Breezy (1973), Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) and Savannah Smiles (1982). Her TV work included The Dick Van Dyke Show, My Three Sons, Get Smart, McMillan & Wife, Fantasy Island and, in her last onscreen appearance, CSI: NY.
Born in Detroit, Borden was raised in Tucson, Ariz. She was the winner of the Miss Arizona 1957 pageant and then was a runner-up in the Miss America contest. Her father, Bill Freyse, drew the newspaper comic strip Our Boarding School for three decades.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Roger, and her brother, Steve. A memorial Mass will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of Grace Church in Encino.
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