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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 28 August 1921Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 3 February 1991Palm Desert, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameNancy Jane Kulp
Nickname Slim
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nancy Kulp wore many hats: Publicity person, actress, linguist, would-be politician and teacher. Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Kulp attended college in Florida, then headed for Hollywood to work in publicity for the movies, not star in them. Soon after arriving in Hollywood, Kulp was convinced by director George Cukor and casting director Billy Gordon that she should be in front of the camera, not behind the scenes. What that began was a solid career as a character actress in films and television, including two memorable roles: on The Bob Cummings Show (1955) as bird-loving "Pamela Livingstone" and on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) as the long-suffering, lovesick and bird-loving "Miss Jane Hathaway". After the Hillbillies ended its nine year run, Kulp found work in theater, Broadway and television, and dabbled in politics, making an unsuccessful 1984 run for congress in Pennsylvania. Later, she taught acting and retired to a farm in Connecticut and, later, Palm Springs, where she died in 1991 of cancer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Severson

Spouse (1)

Charles Malcolm Dacus (1 April 1951 - 1961) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Posh tone of voice

Trivia (12)

Was an avid football fan.
Was fluent in French.
Graduated from Florida State University (BA).
Was offered a movie role (The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)) after being in Hollywood less than three weeks.
In 1984, she ran as a Democrat for Pennsylvania's Ninth Congressional District, but lost to Republican incumbent "Bud Shuster". She blamed her The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) co-star Buddy Ebsen for her defeat, because Ebsen taped a radio ad in support of Shuster, and deemed her "too liberal". She did not speak to Ebsen for several years afterward, but eventually made peace with him.
Long divorced, she came out of the closet at the age of 67 and admitted she was a lesbian.
Had a Masters Degree in English & French from the University of Miami (Fla.)
Was Arsenio Hall's very first guest on his talk show. She sat in with the house band.
Writers played a twist on naming Nancy's best-known character, Miss Jane Hathaway. They reversed Nancy's first and middle names, so Nancy Jane Kulp became Jane Nancy Hathaway. We learned Miss Jane's middle name in The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies (1981).
In contrast to her often befuddled and confused character of "Miss Jane" Hathaway, in real life she was a highly intelligent and cultured woman. Schooled in both languages and literature, she often impressed fans with her erudition.
Early in her acting career, one Hollywood gossip sheet named her "the homeliest girl on television", referring to her role as "Pamela Livingstone" on Robert Cummings's series. In actual fact, she was quite popular on the show-biz dating scene and never lacked for amorous companionship. Although admitting later in life to "swinging both ways", this did not seem to dampen the ardor of her admirers.
In 1961, she played the role of Miss Grunecker in the popular film "The Parent Trap", starring Haley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, and Brian Keith.

Personal Quotes (1)

I was a brain symbol, not a sex symbol.

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