|Ellie Frazetta, 1935-2009
||[Jul. 19th, 2009|01:46 am]
I just learned that Eleanor "Ellie" Frazetta passed away on the 17th, at the age of 74. She was married to famed fantasy artist Frank Frazetta; the couple were wed in 1956. |
I'm told Ellie was a devout Christian and a smart businesswoman. Most Frazetta fans are also aware that she was the model/inspiration for many of the beautiful women Mr. Frazetta portrayed in his work.
What most don't know, however, is that Ellie was also a talented artist in her own right. I hope her family won't mind me showing off this watercolor of hers, which she painted at the age of 21:
Lovely. Wish I could have seen her version of Shere Kahn.
Several people share fond remembrances of Ellie at The Beat.
My condolences to her husband and the rest of her family.
2009-07-21 09:05 pm (UTC)
"I'm told Ellie was a devout Christian..."
Yes, indeed she was, and is rejoicing before her Saviour in glory. As much as I enjoyed meeting her husband and (grown) children when I brought my first year Kubert School students to the Frazetta Museum, and as much as I savored looking at the original art (oils, watercolors, comics covers, pages, & comic strips) I really looked forward to sitting down with Ellie and talking about the things of God. She always had a King James Bible on her desk in the museum, and it was always my pleasure to give her and Frank a complimentary copy of my latest book whenever I saw them (I illustrate and publish Christian graphic novels, for those who don't know).
I was nothing less than shocked at her passing. She was seven years Frank's junior, and I didn't know she was wrestling with cancer (the last time I went to the museum Frank Jr. was there, as Ellie was feeling ill, and he and I spoke for quite a bit).
Yes, Ellie trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation, peace, and wisdom in this life, and for life eternal in the world to come, and her hope was not in vain.
Alec Stevens <><