Nancy Marchand

Actor
With her patrician looks and wavering voice, Marchand has carved a niche for herself portraying upper class doyennes. While still in college, she made her acting debut in a summer stock production of "The Late George ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1928 in Buffalo, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

The Sopranos 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1995, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1989 - 1995, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear God 1996 (Movie)

Judge Kits Van Heynigan (Actor)

Jefferson in Paris 1995 (Movie)

The Abbesse (Actor)

Sabrina 1995 (Movie)

Maude Larrabee (Actor)

Crossroads 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Brain Donors 1992 (Movie)

Lillian Oglethorpe (Actor)

Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

Mrs O'Brien (Actor)

From the Hip 1987 (Movie)

Roberta Winnaker (Actor)

Spearfield's Daughter 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Agatha Christie's "Sparkling Cyanide" 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Bostonians 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Burrage (Actor)

Grandpa, Will You Run With Me? 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Killjoy 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Lou Grant 1977 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Beacon Hill 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Adams Chronicles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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After the Fall 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Hospital 1971 (Movie)

Mrs. Christie (Actor)

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon 1970 (Movie)

Nurse Oxford (Actor)

Me, Natalie 1969 (Movie)

Mrs Miller (Actor)

Ladybug, Ladybug 1963 (Movie)

Mrs Andrews (Actor)

The Bachelor Party 1957 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (TV Show)

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Marty 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)

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A Touch of the Poet (TV Show)

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Another World (TV Show)

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Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

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Lovers and Friends (TV Show)

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North and South: Book II (TV Show)

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Once Upon a Family (TV Show)

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Some Kind of Miracle (TV Show)

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The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Show)

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Valley Forge (TV Show)

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Willa (TV Show)

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Biography

With her patrician looks and wavering voice, Marchand has carved a niche for herself portraying upper class doyennes. While still in college, she made her acting debut in a summer stock production of "The Late George Apley." After earning a degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University), she spent a season at the Falmouth Theater on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, before traveling north to Cambridge to join the Brattle Theater for two seasons (1950-52). Marchand squeezed in her New York stage debut in 1951 as the tavern hostess in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." She was to spend much of the next forty-plus years appearing in contemporary and classical theater. Marchand won critical praise and an OBIE Award for her performance in Jean Genet's "The Balcony" in 1960. Other noteworthy stage appearances include opposite Estelle Parsons in "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" (1971); as Vera Simpson in "Pal Joey" and Ranevskaya in "The Cherry Orchard" (Chicago, 1974); the eldest sister in the acclaimed revival of Paul Osborn's "Morning's at Seven" (1980), the title role in "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You" (1982); several productions of Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing"; Ann, the mother who was always up for "just another splash" in A R Gurney's "The Cocktail Hour" (1988); and the 1993 revival of Anthony Shaffer's "Black Comedy."

Relationships

Rachel Bersier

Daughter
born c, 1960

Raymond Marchand

Father

Marjorie Marchand

Mother

Paul Sparer

Husband
married from July 7, 1951 until his death from cancer on November 16, 1999

Kathryn Sparer

Daughter
born c. 1956

David Sparer

Son
born c. 1953

EDUCATION

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1949
school's name later changed to Carnegie-Mellon University

Milestones

1999

Co-starred in the HBO drama series "The Sopranos", playing Livia Soprano; last role before she passed

1995

Played Harrison Ford's mother in Sydney Pollack's remake of "Sabrina"

1995

Reunited with Merchant Ivory for supporting role in "Jefferson in Paris"

1994

Garnered Tony Award nomination for her work in the revival of "Black Comedy"

1992

Acted Off-Broadway alongside husband Paul Sparer in Jon Robin Baitz's "The End of the Day"

1984

Acted in first Merchant Ivory film "The Bostonians"

1980

Won acclaim for Broadway production of "Morning's at Seven"

1975

Primetime TV series debut in the shortlived CBS drama "Beacon Hill"

1957

Film debut "The Bachelor Party"

1953

Co-starred with Rod Steiger in TV version of "Marty"

1951

New York stage debut, "The Taming of the Shrew"

1950

Appeared at Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA, in various productions, including "Love's Labour's Lost", "Macbeth" and "King Lear"

1950

Earliest TV credits include Jo in "Little Women" (CBS)

1946

Stage debut in summer stock "The Late George Apley"

Played Mrs. Pynchon, the newspaper owner, on "Lou Grant" (CBS); won four Emmy Awards for the role

Appeared in daytime dramas "Another World", "Love of Life" and "Search for Tomorrow"

Enjoyed a popular stage success as the WASP matriarch in A R Gurney's "The Cocktail Hour"

Bonus Trivia

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Posthumously inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2001.

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