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Nancy Marchand

Highest Rated:   100% The Hospital (1971)
Lowest Rated:   12% Dear God (1996)
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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
33% Jefferson in Paris
  • The Abbess
1995
50% Brain Donors
  • Lillian
1992
44% Regarding Henry
  • Mrs. O'Brien
1991
87% The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
  • Mayor of L.A.
1988
29% From the Hip
  • Roberta Winnaker
1987
80% 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
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Livia Soprano
  • Appearing
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Mrs. Ryder Mrs. Barbara Ryder
  • 1992
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Hester Crane
  • Guest
  • 1984

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