Nanette Fabray

Nanette Fabray

Highest Rated: 100% The Band Wagon (1953)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Happy Ending (1969)

Birthday: Oct 27, 1920

Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

A performer since age three, the effervescent Nanette Fabray managed to keep her career moving not only because of her ample talent, but also due to her ability to move easily from screen to stage with ease. She went from adorable performing child to lightly boiled dames to the kind of girls guys like to talk to as friends to a sweet "everyone's aunt" kind of woman to caring, though slightly overbearing mothers. Amazingly, Fabray also managed to continue singing as well as acting, although for at least half her life she was hearing-impaired and wore hearing aids. Nanette Fabray began singing in vaudeville as a toddler, billed as 'Baby Nanette'. By age six, she was performing an act with comedy star Ben Turpin. At age seven, she began her film career by appearing in numerous "Our Gang" comedy shorts. In the 1930s, Fabray was singing on radio and appearing in the declining vaudeville circuit. Warner Bros. put her back in films in her first adult role in "Elizabeth and Essex" (1939). Ironically, she shared the same real surname as her character, Margaret Fabares. After "A Child Is Born" (1940), Fabray realized a film career was not going to materialize, so she headed to Broadway, becoming one of the toasts of the theater during the 40s. Fabray made her debut in "Meet the People" (1940) and was featured in "Let's Face It" (1941), but she became a true Broadway star in 1947 playing opposite Phil Silvers in "High Button Shoes." In 1949, she won a Tony Award for her work in the play "Love Life." Finally, after she appeared in "Make a Wish" (1951-52), Hollywood beckoned again. Fabray co-starred in Vincente Minnelli's "The Band Wagon" (1953), in which she is probably best recalled for the "Triplets" production number with Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan. But musicals were starting to fade, and Fabray returned to New York. She would only make a handful of films in the decades to come, including playing Barbara Eden's hairdresser friend in "Harper Valley PTA" (1978). Instead, Fabray turned to the small screen where she became a regular mainstay on "Caesar's Hour" (NBC, 1954-56), Sid Caesar's follow-up to "Your Show of Shows" for which she won three Emmy Awards. In 1957, Fabray, divorced from entertainment industry executive David Tebet, married famed screenwriter-director Ranald MacDougall who created the "Westinghouse Playhouse Starring Nanette Fabray and Wendell Corey" (NBC, 1961). The short-lived series followed closely the outlines of its star's life--a Broadway star married to a Hollywood writer with two children. (Her character, Nan McGovern, even used Fabray's mother's maiden surname.) After the sitcom's demise, Fabray became a frequent guest star on comedy and variety programs, as well as occasionally playing a dramatic role. She was memorable as Mary Tyler Moore's mother in a few episodes of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1972) and made frequent appearances on "The Carol Burnett Show" and "Love American Style." In 1979, she joined the cast of the CBS sitcom "One Day At a Time" as Bonnie Franklin's meddlesome mother. Still active in the 90s, Fabray made appearances on the ABC sitcom "Coach" as the mother of the character played by her real life niece, Shelley Fabares. Fabray retired following a final stage role in the play "The Bermuda Avenue Triangle" in 1997. Nanette Fabray died on February 22, 2018 at the age of 97.

Highest rated movies

The Band Wagon
Elizabeth the Queen
The Happy Ending




No Score Yet 50% Teresa's Tattoo Martha Mae (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Personal Exemptions Mildred (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 76% Amy Malvina (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 67% The Man in the Santa Claus Suit Dora Dayton (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 52% Harper Valley P.T.A. Alice Finely (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Anniversary and Goodbye Fay (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Couple Takes a Wife Marion Randolph (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Magic Carpet Virginia Wolfe (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 75% The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Sadie (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet But I Don't Want to Get Married! Mrs. Vale (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet George M! Helen Costigan "Nellie" Cohan (Character) - 1970
33% 33% The Happy Ending Agnes (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 52% Alice Through the Looking Glass The White Queen (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Is the Name of the Game Pat (Character) - 1966
100% 82% The Band Wagon Lily Marton (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Child Is Born Gladys Norton (Character) - 1940
78% 64% Elizabeth the Queen Mistress Margaret Radcliffe (Character) - 1939


No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Unknown (Guest Star) 1990 1992
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1983 1986
No Score Yet 100% One Day at a Time Katherine Romano (Character) 1979-1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Password 79 Guest 1979-1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1956 1962 1973
No Score Yet 100% The Mary Tyler Moore Show Dottie Richards (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1972
No Score Yet 100% The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1967-1968 1970-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, American Style Unknown (Character) 1971
11% No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Essie Bright (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Rosemary Chase (Character) 1957