Lois Nettleton

Lois Nettleton

Highest Rated: 71% Period of Adjustment (1962)

Lowest Rated: 14% Deadly Blessing (1981)

Birthday: Aug 16, 1927

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, USA

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.

Highest rated movies

Period of Adjustment
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys
Deadly Blessing

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 65% The Christmas Card Rosie Spelman (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Good Doctor: The Paul Fleiss Story Katherine (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet November Conspiracy Pigeon (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 8% Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance Sister Marion (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Manhunt for Claude Dallas Dee Pogue (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brass Claire Willis (Character) - 1985
45% 68% The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Dulcie Mae (Character) - 1982
14% 28% Deadly Blessing Louisa Stohler (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 71% Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. Molly (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tourist Terry Carrell (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 55% Echoes of a Summer Ruth Striden (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 72% The Man in the Glass Booth Miriam Rosen (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fear on Trial Nan Claybourne (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Bride of Salem Jennifer Clifton (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 50% The Bull of the West Mary Justin (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Honkers Linda Lathrop (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror in the Sky Janet Turner (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Women in Chains Sandra Parker/Sally Porter (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Forgotten Man Anne Wilson (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Weekend of Terror Sister Ellen (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 58% Dirty Dingus Magee Prudence Frost (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker Mildred (Character) - 1970
20% 30% The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Mary (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Any Second Now Nancy Dennison (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 18% Bamboo Saucer Anna Karachev (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Valley of Mystery Rita Brown (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mail Order Bride Annie Boley (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 56% Come Fly With Me Hilda "Bergie" Bergstrom (Character) - 1963
71% 51% Period of Adjustment Dorothea Baitz (Character) - 1962

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 100% Crossing Jordan Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baywatch Nights Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 94% Babylon 5 Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
89% 93% Seinfeld Mrs. Enright (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1984 1988 1991
No Score Yet 80% Full House Nedra Donaldson (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Munsters Today Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Belvedere Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet 100% The Facts of Life Radio Voice (Guest Voice),
Noreen Stickle (Guest Star)
1986-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Jean (Guest Star) 1986
24% No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finder of Lost Loves Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
22% No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Centennial Maude Wendell (Character) 1978-1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Washington: Behind Closed Doors Unknown (Character) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Carolyn Blake (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petrocelli Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
80% 100% Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973
No Score Yet 100% The Mary Tyler Moore Show Barbara Coleman (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Linda Dean (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1968 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Accidental Family Sue Kramer (Character) 1967-1968
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Amr Todd (Guest Star) 1961 1967
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Susan Cartwright (Guest Star) 1964 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Isabelle (Guest Star) 1961 1963
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Norma (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dow Hour of Great Mysteries Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1950