Nancy Marchand

Nancy Marchand

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Hospital (1971)
  • Lowest Rated: 12% Dear God (1996)
  • Birthday: Jun 19, 1928
  • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA
  • Following extensive dramatic training at Carnegie Tech, American actress Nancy Marchand did some stage work, then entered the infant TV medium with a 1950 production of Little Women. One year later she appeared on Broadway for the first time; for the rest of the '50s she fluctuated between on-stage classics (Shakespeare, Euripedes) and TV anthologies and soap operas. In later years, Nancy explained that she retreated to contemporary characters on TV because she was "tired of being a queen or a poor put-upon Greek" on stage. A handsome woman, but not voluptuously beautiful in the then-fashionable Marilyn Monroe tradition, Ms. Marchand was usually cast in character roles: she was the dateless "dog" with whom lonely Bronx butcher Rod Steiger fell in love in the original 1953 telecast of Paddy Chayefsky's Marty. Marchand made her movie bow in another Chayefsky work, The Bachelor Party (1957). In 1960, Ms. Marchand won an Obie for her stage performance as the Madam of a fantasy-granting brothel in Genet's The Balcony (also in the cast were future TV stars Michael Conrad and Jack Dodson). From 1977 through 1982, Ms. Marchand played Mrs. Margaret Pynchon, a powerful newspaper executive said to be patterned after the Washington Post's Katherine Graham, on the TV series Lou Grant; she won four Emmies, one for each year of the series' existence. When at one point her character suffered a stroke and spent several weeks recovering, Ms. Marchand was besieged with get-well cards from fans who believed that the actress' fictional stroke was genuine. Recent film appearances for Nancy Marchand include the role of the long-suffering mayor in The Naked Gun (1988).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

12% Dear God Judge Kits Van Heynigan 1996
65% Sabrina Maude Larrabee 1995
14% Reckless Grandmother 1995
31% Jefferson in Paris The Abbess 1995
45% Brain Donors Lillian 1992
43% Regarding Henry Mrs. O'Brien 1991
87% The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Mayor of L.A. 1988
22% From the Hip Roberta Winnaker 1987
91% The Bostonians Mrs. Burrage 1984
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'Sparkling Cyanide' Lucilla Drake 1983
No Score Yet Who Murdered Joy Morgan? Dr. Martha Trenton 1981
No Score Yet Who Murdered Joy Morgan? Actor 1981
No Score Yet Willa Mrs. Stanch 1979
No Score Yet Soldier's Home Actor 1977
No Score Yet A Touch of the Poet Actor 1974
100% The Hospital Mrs. Christie 1971
22% Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon Nurse Oxford 1970
No Score Yet Me, Natalie Mrs. Miller 1969
No Score Yet Ladybug, Ladybug Mrs. Andrews 1963
No Score Yet The Bachelor Party Julie 1957

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

92% The Sopranos
1999-2007
Appearing Livia Soprano
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Lorraine Freeman
  • 1994
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Mrs. Ryder Mrs. Barbara Ryder
  • 1992
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Cahill Incumbent
  • 1992
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
Mrs. Watkins Merlene Watkins
  • 1992
  • 1990
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Hester Crane
  • 1984

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