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Nancy Olson

Highest Rated:   98% Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Lowest Rated:   14% Dumbbells (2014)
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Birthplace:   Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
The daughter of a Milwaukee physician, Nancy Olson attended UCLA, then briefly acted on stage before signing a Paramount Pictures contract in 1949. Her best screen assignment at Paramount was as self-effacing script clerk Betty Schaffer in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard. She went on to be teamed with her Boulevard co-star William Holden in Union Station (1950), Force of Arms (1951) and Submarine Command (1951). Olson briefly retired in the mid-1950s when she married songwriter Alan Jay Lerner (they later divorced; her second husband was record executive Alan Livingston). In 1960, Olson went back before the cameras as Betty Carlisle, ever-patient fiance of would-be inventor Ned Brainard (Fred MacMurray) in Disney's The Absent Minded Professor; she repeated this characterization in the 1963 sequel Son of Flubber. She went on to do a smattering of TV films, including the 1967 pilot of the Darren McGavin private eye series The Outsider. Nancy Olson also played continuing roles in the 1977 weekly Kingston: Confidential and the 1984 prime-time soaper Paper Dolls.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
14% Dumbbells
  • Bianca
2014
31% Making Love
  • Christine
1982
29% Airport 1975
  • Abbott's Mother
1974
No Score Yet Snowball Express
  • Sue Baxter
1972
No Score Yet Smith!
  • Norah Smith
1969
86% Son of Flubber
  • Betsy Brainard
1963
81% The Absent-Minded Professor
  • Betsy
1961
83% Pollyanna
  • Nancy Furman
1960
No Score Yet Battle Cry
  • Mrs. Pat Rogers
1955
No Score Yet So Big
  • Dallas O'Mara
1953
No Score Yet Big Jim McLain
  • Nancy Vallon
1952
No Score Yet Submarine Command (The Submarine Story)
  • Carol
1951
No Score Yet Force Of Arms
  • Eleanor
1951
No Score Yet Mr. Music
  • Katherine Holbrook
1950
98% Sunset Boulevard
  • Betty Schaefer
1950
No Score Yet Union Station
  • Joyce Willecombe
1950
No Score Yet Canadian Pacific
  • Cecille Gautier
1949

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Actor
  • 2010

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