Nancy Olson

Nancy Olson

Highest Rated: 99% Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Lowest Rated: 14% Dumbbells (2014)

Birthday: Jul 14, 1928

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
14% 59% Dumbbells Bianca (Character) - 2014
39% 56% Making Love Christine (Character) - 1981
25% 37% Airport 1975 Mrs. Abbott (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Now You See Me, Now You Don't Louise Merrick (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 60% Snowball Express Sue Baxter (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beware of the Watchdog Ann Latham (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Smith! Unknown (Character) - 1969
88% 47% Son of Flubber Elizabeth "Betsy" Brainard (Character) - 1963
83% 62% The Absent Minded Professor Betsy Carlisle (Character) - 1961
86% 79% Pollyanna Nancy Furman (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 43% Battle Cry Mrs. Pat Rogers (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Boy From Oklahoma Katie Brannigan (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 67% So Big Dallas O'Mara (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 42% Big Jim McLain Nancy Vallon (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 30% Submarine Command Carol (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 44% Force of Arms Lt. Eleanor MacKay (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 65% Union Station Joyce Willecombe (Character) - 1950
99% 95% Sunset Blvd. Betty Schaefer (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 43% Mr. Music Katherine Holbrook (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 33% Canadian Pacific Cecille Gautier (Character) - 1949

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Odyssey: Driving Around the World Contestant 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Dolls Marjorie Harper (Character) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Jeannie Morris (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Surgeon Val (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Banacek Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Story Mrs. Ross (Character) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Henrietta Donavan (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1959

QUOTES FROM Nancy Olson CHARACTERS

Pollyanna says: Well, I suppose I could be glad because...

Nancy Furman says: Yes, go ahead, darling.

Pollyanna says: No! It was a silly game! I hate it! I'll never want to play it again! Leave me alone!

Nancy Furman says: What did we bring her today?

Pollyanna says: Umm, calf's foot jelly.

Nancy Furman says: You wait and see. She's bound to wish she had chicken, and if we brought her chicken, she'd want she had lamb broth. She's just cantankerous!

Nancy Furman says: Just this one, Mrs. Snow, and I wish this were over with.

Pollyanna says: What's wrong with her?

Nancy Furman says: She's just plain crabby that's what's wrong with her. You never met anyone so cantankerous. If it was Friday, she'd wish it was Tuesday.

Pollyanna says: I like your cousin, Fred, very much.

Nancy Furman says: Oh, he's alright, I guess.

Pollyanna says: He's very handsome and he has a nice smile, but there's something sort of, I don't know, funny about him.

Nancy Furman says: What do you mean "funny?"

Nancy Furman says: What do you mean 'funny?'

Nancy Furman says: What do you mean 'funny'?

Pollyanna says: I know what it is! It's his name. He doesn't look at all like a Fred.

Nancy Furman says: What?!

Pollyanna says: He looks more like a George, to me! [Pollyanna runs off]

Nancy Furman says: Pollyanna! [Nancy chases after her] Wait a minute!

Tillie Lagerlof says: Who's gonna marry her?!

Nancy Furman says: She means Doctor Chilton.

Angelica says: Ha! Fat chance. Who'd wanna marry old pickled-face Harrington?