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Milwaukee-born Nancy Ann Olson was the daughter of Henry, a physician, and Evelyn Olson, and educated at the University of Wisconsin. Discovered on stage after transferring to California's UCLA, the pretty, peaches-and-cream blonde was quickly signed by Paramount Studios in 1948 and almost immediately handed co-starring parts after an uncredited ... See full bio »

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Known For

Sunset Blvd. Betty Schaefer
(1950)
Pollyanna Nancy Furman
(1960)
Airport 1975 Mrs. Abbott
(1974)
So Big Dallas O'Mara
(1953)

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 2014 Dumbbells
Bianca Cummings
 2010 Big Love (TV Series)
Katherine
- Strange Bedfellows (2010) ... Katherine
 1997 Flubber
Ford Secretary (uncredited)
 1987 Sparky's Magic Piano (Video) (voice)
 1984 Paper Dolls (TV Series)
Marjorie Harper
- Episode #1.13 (1984) ... Marjorie Harper
- Episode #1.12 (1984) ... Marjorie Harper
- Episode #1.11 (1984) ... Marjorie Harper
- Episode #1.10 (1984) ... Marjorie Harper
- Episode #1.9 (1984) ... Marjorie Harper
 1982 Making Love
Christine
 1977 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Thelma Thompson
- Testament of Power (1977) ... Thelma Thompson
 1976 Kingston: Confidential (TV Series)
Jessica Frazier
 1975 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Jeannie Morris
- Web of Lies (1975) ... Jeannie Morris
 1975 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
Val
- Web of Guilt (1975) ... Val
 1974 Airport 1975
Mrs. Abbott
 1974 Banacek (TV Series)
Louise Merrick
- Now You See Me, Now You Don't (1974) ... Louise Merrick
 1973 Love Story (TV Series)
Mrs. Ross
- Mirabelle's Summer (1973) ... Mrs. Ross
 1972 Snowball Express
Sue Baxter
 1972 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Henrietta Donavan
- Yankton (1972) ... Henrietta Donavan
 1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Ann Latham
- Beware of the Watchdog (1971) ... Ann Latham
 1969 Smith!
Norah Smith
 1965 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Julia
- Night of the Wolf (1965) ... Julia
 1963 Channing (TV Series)
Jessica Landon
- Collision Course (1963) ... Jessica Landon
 1963 Son of Flubber
Elizabeth 'Betsy' Brainard
 1961 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Amber Baring
- Family Outing (1961) ... Amber Baring
 1961 The Absent Minded Professor
Betsy Carlisle
 1960 Pollyanna
Nancy Furman
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Peggy Thomas
- The Greatest Man Alive (1960) ... Peggy Thomas
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Jan Manning
- Total Loss (1959) ... Jan Manning
 1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Judith Gay
- The Last Rodeo (1958) ... Judith Gay
 1958 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Joyce Richmond
- Second Chance (1958) ... Joyce Richmond
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
Judith
- High Tor (1956) ... Judith
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Peggy Day
- The Women (1955) ... Peggy Day
 1955 Battle Cry
Mrs. Pat Rogers
 1954 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Gwen Cavendish
- The Royal Family (1954) ... Gwen Cavendish
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Lisa
- Spent in Silence (1954) ... Lisa
 1954 The Boy from Oklahoma
Katie Brannigan
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Kitty O'Dare
- For the Love of Kitty (1954) ... Kitty O'Dare
 1954 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- The Teacher (1954)
 1953 So Big
Dallas O'Mara
 1952 Big Jim McLain
Nancy Vallon
 1951 Submarine Command
Carol
 1951 Force of Arms
Lt. Eleanor MacKay
 1950 Mr. Music
Katherine Holbrook
 1950 Union Station
Joyce Willecombe
 1950 Sunset Blvd.
Betty Schaefer
 1949 Canadian Pacific
Cecille Gautier
 1948 Portrait of Jennie
Teenager in Art Gallery (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Appeared at a 65th anniversary screening of Sunset Blvd. (1950) at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles. See more »

Alternate Names:

Nancy Livingston | Nancy Olsen | Nancy Olson-Livingston

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

I felt my life was absolutely closed in. I spent two hours with makeup men and hairdressers and then I would go on the set and sit and wait. My friends were having a life outside. I said, 'I don't really want to be a movie star.' See more »

Trivia:

She was added to the Wall of Inspiration at her old high school, Wauwatosa East High School. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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