Nancy Walker

Actor, Comedian, Singer
Pint-sized comedienne-singer who electrified Broadway at age 19 with her debut as a wisecracking ugly-duckling blind date in the Hugh Martin-Ralph Blaine musical "Best Foot Forward" (1941). In 1943, Walker reprised the ... Read more »
Born: 05/10/1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

True Colors 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Montgomery Clift: His Place in the Sun 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Uneasy Lies the Crown 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Mama's Boy 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Columbus Circle 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Jeeter Mason and the Magic Headset 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

The Big Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhoda 1953 - 1955, 1974 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Blansky's Beauties 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nancy Walker Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Olivia Newton-John Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder By Death 1975 (Movie)

Maid Yetta (Actor)

Three For the Girls 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Bridget Loves Bernie 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The World's Greatest Athlete 1973 (Movie)

Landlady (Actor)

40 Carats 1972 (Movie)

Mrs Margolin (Actor)

Keep the Faith 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up and Be Counted 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Family Affair 1966 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

McMillan & Wife 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (10/05/70) 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Milton Berle Show 1953 - 1955 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lucky Me 1954 (Movie)

Flo Neely (Actor)

Broadway Rhythm 1943 (Movie)

(Actor)

Best Foot Forward (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Death Scream (TV Show)

Actor

Every Man Needs One (TV Show)

Actor

Girl Crazy (Movie)

Polly Williams (Actor)

Human Feelings (TV Show)

Actor

Thursday's Game (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Can't Stop the Music 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

13 Queens Boulevard 1953 - 1955, 1978 - 1979 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Pint-sized comedienne-singer who electrified Broadway at age 19 with her debut as a wisecracking ugly-duckling blind date in the Hugh Martin-Ralph Blaine musical "Best Foot Forward" (1941). In 1943, Walker reprised the role in MGM's sassy film version and played a similar part in the remake of the Gershwins' "Girl Crazy."

Relationships

Betty Barto

Sister
understudied Walker in "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" and went on for her (1947)

David Craig

Husband
married January 29, 1951 had coached Walker when she was plagued with vocal problems in 1949 died on August 28, 1998 at age 75

Miranda Craig

Daughter
born c. 1952

Gar Moore

Husband
married on August 1, 1948 divorced on June 8, 1949

Dewey Stewart

Father

Myrtle Swoyer

Mother

EDUCATION

Bentley School for Girls

New York , New York

Professional Children's School

New York , New York

Milestones

1980

Directed feature film, "Can't Stop The Music"

1979

Directed first TV-movie, "13 Queens Boulevard"

1977

Starred as Nancy Blansky, den mother for a bevy of Las Vegas showgirls, in the TV sitcom, "Blansky's Beauties"

1976

Starred in own TV series, "The Nancy Walker Show" (also performed theme song, "Nancy's Blues")

1970

Appeared in final stage musical, a revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opposite Phil Silvers at the Los Angeles Music Center

1969

Debuted her Rosie character in Bounty paper towel commercials

1969

Moved to Los Angeles

1966

Broadway directing debut with production of James Kirkwood's farce, "UTBU" (Unhealthy to Be Unpleasant) at the Helen Hayes Theater

1962

Made directing debut with "The Pushcart Affair" which foled on the road

1954

Opened nightclub act at the San Souci in Miami Beach

1951

Toured USA in production of "Roaring Girl"

1948

Starred in first non-musical Broadway play, "Waltz Me Around Again"

1942

First feature role, "Best Foot Forward"

1940

Broadway debut, "Best Foot Forward" at the Barrymore Theater, New York

Pursued career as a torch singer

Regular role on TV's "The Jerry Lester Show"

Obtained first Broadway role in a case of mistaken identity when she auditioned for director and producer George Abbott and Richard Rodgers for musical "Best Foot Forward" (1941); she was misintroduced as Miss Walker since they had been expecting a singer

Played Sara Bower on the Fox-TV sitcom, "True Colors", from its debut until her death

Regular guest appearances on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

Toured Europe with parents in "The Barto and Mann Vaudeville Team" during childhood; toured with father after her mother's death

Made first stage appearance when she crawled on stage at the age of ten months during her mother's vaudeville act

Appeared as Mrs. Morgenstern on "Rhoda"; also directed some episodes

TV debut, "Musical Comedy Time"

Regular role on TV series, "Family Affair"

First appeared in parents' vaudeville act at age three

Played the housekeeper on "McMillan and Wife"

Directed the off-Broadway production of "The Wen" and "Orange Souffle", the first plays of Nobel laureate novelist Saul Bellow

Co-starred on Broadway in musical "On the Town"

Was featured on radio serial, "The Lady Next Door" as a teenager

Bonus Trivia

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Walker has been Tony-nominated twice and Emmy-nominated eight times.

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She received the Genii Award from American Women in Radio and TV in 1975.

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Posthumously inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1997

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