Lois Nettleton

Actor
An actress renowned within Hollywood circles, but who has never connected on successful TV series or become more of a "Don't I know you?", Lois Nettleton has appeared in regular roles in several series and been featured ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1929 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Crossing Jordan 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Baywatch Nights 1988 - 1991, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1987 - 1992, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The November Conspiracy 1994 (Movie)

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Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance 1993 (Movie)

Sister Marion (Actor)

Traveler's Rest 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Full House 1988 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

You Can't Take It With You 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 (Movie)

Dulcie Mae (Actor)

Butterfly 1981 (Movie)

Belle Morgan (Actor)

Deadly Blessing 1981 (Movie)

Louisa (Actor)

Chain Reaction 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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All That Glitters 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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End of Summer 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Echoes of a Summer 1975 (Movie)

Ruth Striden (Actor)

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

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The Man in the Glass Booth 1973 (Movie)

Miriam Rosen (Actor)

Women in Chains 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Dirty Dingus Magee 1970 (Movie)

Prudence Frost (Actor)

Pigeons 1970 (Movie)

Mildred (Actor)

The Honkers 1970 (Movie)

Linda Lathrop (Actor)

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 1969 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Stranded 1966 (Movie)

Rita Brown (Actor)

Mail Order Bride 1963 (Movie)

Annie Boley (Actor)

Period of Adjustment 1962 (Movie)

Dorothea Baitz (Actor)

The Brighter Day 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Come Fly With Me 1961 (Movie)

Hilda Bergstrom (Actor)

A Face in the Crowd 1957 (Movie)

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Any Second Now (TV Show)

Actor

Brass (TV Show)

Actor

Centennial (TV Show)

Actor

Fear on Trial (TV Show)

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Manhunt For Claude Dallas (TV Show)

Actor

Terror in the Sky (TV Show)

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The Christmas Card (TV Show)

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The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

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The Forgotten Man (TV Show)

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Tourist (TV Show)

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Weekend of Terror (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An actress renowned within Hollywood circles, but who has never connected on successful TV series or become more of a "Don't I know you?", Lois Nettleton has appeared in regular roles in several series and been featured in movies. She may be best recalled for guest appearances on top TV series: such as when she played the station manager with the hots for Lou Grant on an episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS), or Dorothy's lesbian friend who falls for Rose on an episode of "The Golden Girls" (NBC). Nettleton, whose appearance can come across as fraught, anxious, or strong, studied at the Goodman Theatre in her native Chicago and at the Actors Studio in New York. She made her Broadway debut in 1949 in "The Biggest Thief in Town" and understudied Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955). She made her TV debut while still a New York stage actor in anthology series produced there as well as on the soap opera "The Brighter Day" (1954). Nettleton won attention after starring on Broadway in "God and Kate Murphy" (1959), which led to her first feature film of significance, "Period of Adjustment" (1962), in which she was in a troubled marriage with Anthony Franciosa. Along with Delores Hart, she was a flight attendant who falls in love on a TransAtlantic flight in "Come Fly With Me" (1963). To satisfy his late father's wishes, Keir Dullea married a widowed Nettleton in "Mail Order Bride" (1964). Additionally, she played a schoolmarm with surprise sexuality in "Dirty Dingus McGee" (1970). Nevertheless in the last two decades, film roles became sporadic. Nettleton was in support of Maximilian Schell in "The Man in the Glass Booth" (1975) and oddly cast as the hard-working but under-loved Dulcie Mae in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982), proving she was incapable of giving a bad performance. By 1994, Nettleton's feature film canon included such lesser efforts as "Mirror Mirror 2: Raven Dancer," a low-budget effort in which she was the evil sister.

Relationships

John Bowab

Companion
linked romantically in 1980s

Edward Nettleton

Father

Virginia Pestone

Mother
died April 8, 1997 at age 84 of pneumonia

Jean Shepherd

Husband
married December 3, 1960 divorced died in October 1999

EDUCATION

The Goodman School of Drama

Chicago , Illinois

Actors Studio

New York , New York
member since 1951

Milestones

1987

Played Penny in the syndicated show "You Can't Take It With You", based on the Kaufman and Hart stage play

1978

Featured in the NBC miniseries "Centennial"

1977

Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "Washington: Behind Closed Doors"

1977

Was a regular on the short-lived syndicated series "All That Glitters"

1976

Won Tony nomination for her portrayal of Amy in the revival of "They Knew What They Wanted"

1968

TV-movie debut, "Any Second Now" (ABC)

1967

TV series debut, "An Accidental Family" (NBC)

1962

First major film role, "Period of Adjustment", based on a play by Tennessee Williams

1959

Breakthrough stage role as Shelagh O'Connor in the Broadway production of "God and Kate Murphy"

1959

Had featured role in TV version of "Meet Me in St. Louis"

1957

Feature film debut, bit role in "A Face in the Crowd"

1955

Understudied Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

1954

TV debut on the daytime drama "The Brighter Day" (CBS)

1949

Broadway acting debut, "The Biggest Thief in Town"

Appeared regularly on the NBC series "In the Heat of the Night"

Stage debut in community theater production of "Hansel and Gretel"

Had recurring role on the ABC daytime soap "General Hospital"

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