Karen Fraction-Hamilton

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FRACTION-HAMILTON, Karen 49, of Largo, passed away in her sleep, at home on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, after an almost five-year battle with breast cancer. Karen was a native of Flint, MI, and relocated to Florida in 1991 from New York, NY. Since the age of just 2 years old, Karen grew up studying theater and dance. Summers were spent at Interlochen, Jacob's Pillow, and later, New York City. On a whim, while a student at Adelphi University, she auditioned for famed director/choreographer, George Faison for a role in "The Wiz" traveling company. Karen later exclaimed, "I got the job, my equity card and I was hooked...I loved it! I had found my niche!!" After graduating from Adelphi with the highest honors and a bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Karen made her Broadway debut in "Tap Dance Kid" starring Hinton Battle. Other Broadway credits include "Cabaret" with Joel Grey, "Anything Goes" with Patti Lupone, and later, Leslie Uggams, and David Merrick's "Oh Kay!" with Brian Stokes Mitchell. Her dancing feet worked the famed Radio City Music Hall and twirled down 34th St. in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (twice!). Karen has also toured the US, Europe and Asia with Bob's Fosse's Dancin', and in 1988, spent her honeymoon (minus her husband) in the former Soviet Union with "Sophisticated Ladies." Other New York Highlights include numerous TV specials, the Tony Awards and "Follies in Concert." Since relocating to Florida, Karen's dancing shoes have received a much deserved rest. In addition to numerous commercials and industrials, Karen was mom Jennifer Parker on the hit Nickelodeon series "My Brother and Me" and recurring character Dr. Perry on "SeaQuest 2032" with Michael Ironside. Other TV credits include roles on "Sheena" with Gena Lee Rolin, "The Cape" with Corbin Bernsen, Nickelodeon's "Taina", "Walker Texas Ranger", the CBS Movie "Our Son the Matchmaker" with Ann Jillian, and "The First of May" with Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris. Most recently, Karen was actively involved as a member of the board of Soulful Arts Dance Academy, St. Petersburg, and loved the development of young artists. She was also involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations. She was a faithful member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Largo. Karen was preceded in death by her father William Fraction, Flint, MI, and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Atty. Vanzetti Hamilton and Arbra Hamilton, Ypsilanti, MI. She is survived by her mother, Constance Fraction, Flint, MI; her brother, William (Sherry) Morris, Abbeville, AL; husband, Lawrence Hamilton; daughter, Lauren; and son, Lawrence William Hamilton, all of Largo; brothers- in-law, Mark Hamilton and John Hamilton, Ypsilanti, MI; sister-in -law, Laura Jean Hamilton, Lawrenceville, GA; sister-in-law, Marie Milligan Hamilton, Detroit, MI; and niece, Quinn Marie Hamilton, Ann Arbor, MI; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and loved ones. Her life will be celebrated at a Funeral Mass on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Largo, FL at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can made to either the Karen Fraction-Hamilton Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Arts, 7542 Cumberland Court, Largo, FL 33777 or the Gulf Coast Oncology Foundation, 1201 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. McRae Funeral Home 727-895-6005

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 1, 2007
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