What Happened to Dodie Levy Fraser, The First Wife of Michael Landon?

What Happened to Dodie Levy Fraser, The First Wife of Michael Landon?
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Dodie Levy Fraser was better known as the ex-wife of one of the greatest Hollywood stars Michael Landon. Her ex-hubby just kicked off his acting journey around the same time the duo tied the knot. However, their marriage couldn’t last long as the now-late-exes separated after around six years of their marriage.

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

Who Were Dodie Levy Fraser’s Parents? Details on 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 along 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 oldest Mary passed away in 1989.

In addition, talking about her ethnicity, Levy Fraser was Caucasian and belonged to an American nationality.

Short Profile of Dodie

Full NameDodie Levy Fraser
Date of BirthMarch 16, 1933
Age at the Time of Her Death61
ParentsVictoria and Nissim Levy

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

The late celebrity spouse Dodie Levy Fraser was a legal secretary by profession. Other than that, there is not much known about her career accomplishments. She rose to stardom just after her marriage to the then-rising actor Michael Landon.

When Did Michael and Dodie Get Married?

Dodie and her late husband Michael exchanged their vows on Mar 11, 1956, in a low-key wedding ceremony that was attended by their family members and close pals. Around the same time, Dodie’s then-husband Michael had started his career in show business scoring the first role in a television series Telephone Time.

After four years into a marital relationship, the pair also started a family together, adopting a son Josh Fraser Landon as an infant. Josh was born on 11th Feb 1960. It was until their relationship looked pretty good.

But, after the burgeoning acting career with the long-running roles of Michael, the actor couldn’t handle his marriage which slowly started falling apart. Furthermore, in the early 1960s, Landon also had begun a relationship with his then-second wife 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 proceeding came to an end in December of the same year.

Michael Landon’s Other Wives and Children

A few months after their finalization, Landon tied the knot with 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 as well.

Michael married Cindy for the third time.
Michael along with his third wife Cindy.
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For the third time, Michael married Cindy Clerico, a 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 at the time of his death.

Like her ex-hubby, 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 on October 1, 1948) with her first husband who, sadly, died after their marriage. She never talked more about her first late husband. Soon after his demise, Dodie met Michael who adopted her first child Mark in the same year they married in 1956.

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

What Happened to Mark Landon?

Dodie Levy Fraser’s first son Mark was found dead at his house located in West Hollywood on 11th May 2009 at the age of 60. According to Sgt. David Infante of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, there was no immediate evidence of his death.

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

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

Dodie Levy Fraser’s Third Marriage to Dr. Peter Lake

After her divorce from Michael, Fraser for the third time went on to marry 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 was the Cause of Dodie Levy Fraser’s Death?

Dodie passed away on 5th July 1994 at the age of 61, in Palm Springs, Riverside County, California. No genuine reasons behind her death found yet. Her body was interred at Home of Peace Memorial Park, in the Cemetery in East Los Angeles.

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

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

Net Worth

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

Quick Facts About Dodie

  • Dodie Levy Fraser is not still alive.
  • She died at 61.
  • Dodie Levy Fraser’s cause of death is still a mystery but her late husband London died of pancreatic cancer.
  • Fraser was the second wife of Michael Landon.
  • 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 passed away in July 1994. She was 61 years old at the time of his death.

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