Nancy Olson

Actor
Often playing good girl roles in feature films and on television, Nancy Olson rose from relative obscurity and became a Hollywood star, thanks to a scene-stealing performance in Billy Wilder's film noir masterpiece ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Dumbbells 2014 (Movie)

Bianca Cummings (Actor)

Hayley Mills 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

William Holden: An Untamed Spirit 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

William Holden: The Golden Boy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Paper Dolls 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Making Love 1982 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

Kingston: Confidential 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Airport 1975 1974 (Movie)

Abbott's Mother (Actor)

Snowball Express 1972 (Movie)

Sue Baxter (Actor)

Smith 1969 (Movie)

Norah Smith (Actor)

Son of Flubber 1962 (Movie)

Betsy Brainard (Actor)

The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 (Movie)

Betsy Carlisle (Actor)

Pollyanna 1960 (Movie)

Nancy Furman (Actor)

Battle Cry 1955 (Movie)

Pat (Actor)

So Big 1953 (Movie)

Dallas O'Mara (Actor)

The Boy From Oklahoma 1953 (Movie)

Katie Brannigan (Actor)

Big Jim McLain 1951 (Movie)

Nancy Vallon (Actor)

Sunset Boulevard 1950 (Movie)

Betty Schaefer (Actor)

Canadian Pacific (Movie)

Cecille Gautier (Actor)

Mr. Music (Movie)

Katherine Holbrook (Actor)

Biography

Often playing good girl roles in feature films and on television, Nancy Olson rose from relative obscurity and became a Hollywood star, thanks to a scene-stealing performance in Billy Wilder's film noir masterpiece "Sunset Boulevard" (1950). The Wisconsin-born ingénue breathed liveliness into her character, a vivacious studio assistant and William Holden's love interest, providing a shining spot in an otherwise chilling and emotionally intense drama. Olson received an Academy Award nomination for her engaging performance in the film and landed several other starring roles opposite Holden because of it. Olson's career temporarily stalled in the late 1950s, but she reemerged the following decade with plum roles in Disney family films such as "The Absent-Minded Professor" (1961) and "Son of Flubber" (1963), opposite the likeable Fred MacMurray. Her sheer talent and dedication to her craft inspired other actors and actresses who followed in her footsteps, but it was Olson's breakout role in "Sunset Boulevard" that earned her a place amongst the most beloved stars of classic cinema.

Relationships

Henry J Olson

Father

Alan Lerner

Husband
married on March 19, 1950 divorced in 1957 was Lerner's third wife

Alan Livingston

Husband
was at one time president of Capitol Records

Christopher Livingston

Son
born on November 13, 1964 directed and co-wrote feature "Hit and Runway" (1999)

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Milwaukee , Wisconsin

Milestones

1989

Appeared as one of the interviewees on the Cinemax documentary special, "William Holden: The Golden Boy"

1986

Was a co-chair for the panel which helped hold the tribute, "The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder", which aired on NBC-TV

1984

Played Marjorie Harper on the ABC primetime serial drama, "Paper Dolls"; series lasted half a season

1982

Last feature film to date, "Making Love"

1977

Played Jessica Frazier on the NBC drama series, "Kingston: Confidential", starring Raymond Burr; series lasted half a season

1972

Last of five features for Walt Disney Studios over the course of a dozen years, "Snowball Express"

1960

Began her association with Walt Disney Studios with her return to films, "Pollyanna", in which she played a supporting role

1956

One of last TV appearances for some years, the CBS musical special, "High Tor"

1955

Temporarily retired from films

1954

Earliest TV work included the ingenue role of Gwen Cavendish in a TV presentation of the classic Broadway comedy, "The Royal Family of Broadway"

1953

Began playing supporting roles in features with "So Big", which starred Jane Wyman

1951

Parted company with Paramount

1951

Last of four film opposite Holden, "Submarine Command"

1950

Played breakthrough role as the second female lead in the acclaimed Billy Wilder drama, "Sunset Boulevard"; received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress; also marked the first of four films in which she was William Holden's romantic interest

1950

First film as female lead, "Union Station", also opposite Holden

1949

Made feature film debut in a supporting role in the 20th Century-Fox melodrama, "Canadian Pacific"

Was active in theater in college; discovered while at UCLA

Signed by Paramount Pictures

Appeared on the ABC drama series, "Channing

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