Nancy Kelly

Actor, Model
Child actress of the stage and several features of the 1920s and 30s who, after playing in Broadway's "Susan and God" (1937), began her film career in earnest. Pretty without being beautiful, with brunette hair and full ... Read more »
Born: 03/24/1921 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Imposter 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Thriller 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Crowded Paradise 1956 (Movie)

Louise Heath (Actor)

The Bad Seed 1956 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

Silver Theater 1949 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse James 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Betrayal from the East (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

Convention Girl (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Friendly Enemies (Movie)

June Block (Actor)

Frontier Marshal (Movie)

Sarah Allen (Actor)

Gambler's Choice (Movie)

Vi Parker (Actor)

He Married His Wife (Movie)

Valerie Randall (Actor)

Murder at the World Series (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in the Music Hall (Movie)

Mrs. Morgan (Actor)

One Night in the Tropics (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Parachute Battalion (Movie)

Kit Richards (Actor)

Sailor's Lady (Movie)

Sally Gilroy (Actor)

Scotland Yard (Movie)

Sandra Lasher (Actor)

Stanley and Livingstone (Movie)

Eve Kingsley (Actor)

Submarine Patrol (Movie)

Susan Leeds (Actor)

Tail Spin (Movie)

Lois Allen (Actor)

Tarzan's Desert Mystery (Movie)

Connie Bryce (Actor)

To the Shores of Tripoli (Movie)

Helene Hunt (Actor)

Tornado (Movie)

Victory Kane (Actor)

Women in Bondage (Movie)

Toni Hall (Actor)

Biography

Child actress of the stage and several features of the 1920s and 30s who, after playing in Broadway's "Susan and God" (1937), began her film career in earnest. Pretty without being beautiful, with brunette hair and full lips, Kelly was signed by 20th Century-Fox and played opposite Richard Greene in a lesser John Ford, "Submarine Patrol" (1938). She did the best she could with her modest role as Spencer Tracy's requisite romantic interest in the superior biopic "Stanley and Livingstone" (1939) and also acted in the big Westerns "Frontier Marshal" and "Jesse James" (both 1939). Unlike the similarly utilized Olivia de Havilland, however, Kelly never quite established herself as a major star. The female aviator romantic drama "Tail Spin" (1939), in which, cast opposite Alice Faye and Constance Bennett, she more than held her own while carrying the bulk of the melodrama, didn't quite come off, and "He Married His Wife" (1940) saw Kelly a bit strained in her big bid to be a screwball heroine. She played second fiddle to Maureen O'Hara in "To the Shores of Tripoli" (1942) and she and Fox parted company soon thereafter.

Relationships

Warren Caro

Husband
married from the mid-1950s until his death on January 1, 1994 at age 87

Fred Jackman

Husband
divorced

Jack Kelly

Brother
born on September 16, 1927 died on November 7, 1992 best known for the TV series "King's Row" and "Maverick"

Edmond O'Brien Actor

Husband

Edmond O'Brien

Husband
married in 1941 divorced in 1942 born on September 10, 1915 died on May 9, 1985 Hollywood leading man of the 1940s and 50s turned character actor won Best Suppporting Actor Oscar for "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954)

Kelly Rosenberg

Daughter
survived her

Nan Yorke

Mother
born in 1895 died in 1978

EDUCATION

Bentley School for Girls

Immaculate Conception Academy

New York , New York

St Lawrence Academy

Long Island , New York

Milestones

1975

Acted in first TV-movie, "The Imposter"

1956

Last feature film, "The Bad Seed"

1955

Returned to features to play a leading role in "Crowded Paradise"

1951

Was a regular on the CBS summer replacement variety series, "Summer in the City"

1949

Acted regularly on TV anthology dramas of the early 1950s including "Silver Theater", "Suspense", "Starlight Theater", "Faith Baldwin's Theater of Romance" and "The Kaiser Aluminum Hour" (date approximate)

1946

Last Hollywood film for nine years, "Murder in the Music Hall"

1941

Association with Fox ended

1938

Signed with 20th Century-Fox; first film in an adult role, "Submarine Patrol"

1937

Acted on Broadway in "Susan and God"

1926

Earliest feature film credits as child actor include "Untamed Lady", "Mismates" and "The Great Gatsby"

Performed in the national stage tour of "The Gingerbread Lady"

Returned to stage work

Acted on Broadway as a child in "Give Me Yesterday"

Bonus Trivia

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Kelly is not to be confused with the director Nancy Kelly who made "1000 Pieces of Gold" in 1990.

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