What happened to Dodie Levy Fraser, Michael Landon’s first wife?


Dodie Levy Fraser was better known as the ex-wife of one of the biggest Hollywood stars Michael Landon. Her ex-husband was just starting his acting journey around the same time the duo tied the knot. However, their marriage could not last long as the now deceased exes separated after about six years of marriage.

By the way, Dodie was the mother of Mark Landon, a late actor, with her first husband. In the article, we will further talk about her parents, siblings and many unexplored facts that you didn’t know!


Who Were Dodie Levy Fraser’s Parents? Details about her date of birth and siblings

Dodie Levy Fraser was born on March 16, 1933 in New York City, New York. She was the daughter of Victoria “Dora” Samarel Levy and Nissim Levy. She spent most of her early life in New York City with her family. Dodie also had two older siblings named Mary Levy Rugraffe, born in 1926, and Solomon Isaac “Solly” Levy, born in 1930. The eldest Mary died in 1989.

Moreover, talking about her ethnicity, Levy Fraser was white and belonged to an American nationality.

Brief profile of Dodie

First and last name Dodie Levy Fraser
Date of birth March 16, 1933
Age at the time of her death 61
Parents Victoria and Nissim Levy
Brothers or sisters Two
Ethnicity Caucasian

Who was Michael Landon’s first wife, Dodie Levy Fraser?

Dodie Levy Fraser, the late celebrity wife, was a legal secretary by trade. Other than that, not much is known about her career achievements. She rose to fame just after her marriage to the then up and coming actor Michael Landon.

When did Michael and Dodie get married?

Dodie and her late husband Michael exchanged their vows on March 11, 1956 in a low-key wedding ceremony attended by their relatives and close friends. Around the same time, Dodie’s then-husband Michael had begun his show business career by scoring the first role in a television series. Phone Time.

After being in a marital relationship for four years, the couple also started a family together and adopted a son Josh Fraser Landon as a baby. Josh was born on February 11, 1960. It was until their relationship looked pretty good.

But after the burgeoning acting career with Michael’s long-running roles, the actor could not cope with his marriage, which slowly began to fall apart. In addition, Landon had also begun a relationship with his second wife at the time in the early 1960s Marjorie Lynn Noe. At that time, the actor was still married to Dodie.

Landon eventually left his first wife for his new girlfriend Marjorie. The Bonanza star filed for divorce in March 1962. And their divorce proceedings ended in December of the same year.

Other wives and children of Michael Landon

A few months after their finalization, Landon married his second wife Lynn Noe on January 12, 1963. Their relationship also ended in divorce. They had five children, including a film director and producer Christopher Beau Landon And Cheryl Ann Pontrelli also.

Michael married Cindy for the third time.
Michael along with his third wife Cindy.
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Michael married for the third time Cindy Clericoa Hollywood makeup artist on February 14, 1983. They had a son named Sean Matthew Landon, born in 1986. The two were together until the actor’s death on July 1, 1991. He was fifty-four when he died.

Like her ex-husband, Dodie also married three times throughout her life.

Dodie Levy Fraser had a son Mark Landon with her first husband

Levy Fraser had a son named Mark Landon (born October 1, 1948) with her first husband who sadly died after their marriage. She never spoke of her first deceased husband again. Shortly after his passing, Dodie met Michael, who adopted her first child Mark the same year they married in 1956.

Michael Landon's extended family.
Michael has nine children, including two adopted children with his first husband Dodie.
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Mark grew up under the adopted actor father and soon developed a strong passion for acting. He made his professional debut in the 1991 TV movie ‘Us’. He played the role of a taxi driver in the project which was also written and directed by Michael. Furthermore, Mark also appeared in a few movies such as Double edge And Goodbye America.

What happened to Mark Landon?

Dodie Levy Fraser’s first son Mark was found dead at his home in West Hollywood on May 11, 2009 at the age of 60. According to Sgt. David Infante of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, right there was not immediate evidence of his death.

Dodie Levy Fraser Photos
Dodie’s son Mark and her then-hubby London.

He was buried in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Dodie Levy Fraser’s third marriage to Dr. Peter Lake

After her divorce from Michael, Fraser went on to marry for the third time Dr Peter Lake in 1971. The two always remained quite secretive about their marriage. Sources say they were still married until Dodie’s death.

What Caused Dodie Levy Fraser’s Death?

Dodie died on July 5, 1994 at the age of 61 in Palm Springs, Riverside County, California. No real reasons for her death have yet been found. Her body was interred Home of Peace Memorial Parkat the cemetery in East Los Angeles.

On the other hand, her late ex-husband London died on July 1, 1991 at the age of 54 in Malibu, California. His third and last wife was at his bedside. Speaking of his cause of death, Landon died of pancreatic cancer.

A few months before his death in April of the same year, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was buried in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, in Culver City, California. His adopted son Mark was also buried there.

Net value

Dodie’s net worth was $500,000 at the time of her death. Her main source of income was her profession as a legal secretary. Likewise, her ex-husband Michael had an estimated net worth of $40 million at the time of his death in 1991.

Fast facts on Dodie

  • Dodie Levy Fraser is no longer alive.
  • She died at the age of 61.
  • The cause of death of Dodie Levy Fraser is still a mystery, but her late husband London died of pancreatic cancer.
  • Fraser was Michael Landon’s second wife.
  • Her third husband was Dr. Peter Lake.
  • She had a son Mark from her marriage to her first husband.


What happened to Dodie Levy Fraser?

Dodie died in July 1994. She was 61 years old at the time of his death.

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