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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 June 1928Buffalo, New York, USA
Date of Death 18 June 2000Stratford, Connecticut, USA  (emphysema and lung cancer)
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nancy Marchand's mother, a pianist, sent her shy daughter to acting classes in hopes of breaking her out of her shell. As a student at Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University), she studied the works of William Shakespeare and the other great playwrights and, upon graduation, set off to New York City. She received acclaim in the part of the tavern hostess in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" at the City Center in 1951. Her list of theater works include "The Cocktail Hour" and "The Balcony" (winning an Obie for both), "White Lies and Black Comedy" (Tony nominations for both), "The Octette Bridge Club" and "Morning's at Seven". She worked at many of the great theaters in the United States including, the Brattle Theatre, Long Wharf, Lincoln Center Repertory Company and the Goodman Theatre. Somewhere during her illustrious theatre career, she won the role of Mrs. Pynchon in the TV series Lou Grant (1977) with 'Ed Asner' for which she won four Emmys. Her last accolade was her role as Livia Soprano in HBO's The Sopranos (1999), for which she won a Golden Globe.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Circe925 (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (1)

Paul Sparer (7 July 1951 - 19 November 1999) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (10)

Attended Carnegie Tech.
Died on the day before what would have been her 72nd birthday.
Her television career reads like a history of television text book: her first credit was co-starring in the groundbreaking classic The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse: Marty (1953) with Rod Steiger, when CBS was at the height of its prestige as the "Tiffany network", she won Emmy Awards as Mrs. Pynchon, the newspaper publisher on Lou Grant (1977) and she ended her career on the impressive HBO series, The Sopranos (1999).
Was nominated for Broadway's 1994 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for a revival of "Black Comedy."
Appeared with both godfathers: Al Pacino in Me, Natalie (1969) and 'James Gandolfini' in The Sopranos (1999).
A son-in-law, Peter Bowe, is a science department head at a school in Stratford, Connecticut.
Was of English and French descent.
Her portrait is one of the pictures used in Julia Roberts' character's photography exhibit in Closer (1998).
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Appeared in the opening episode of Season 3 of The Sopranos (1999) despite having died almost six months before. Using CGI techniques, a scene between Tony Soprano and his mother was constructed using a body double. Producr David Chase decided to use, this having seen the same techniques being used in Gladiator (2000) when star Oliver Reed died during production.

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