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Nancy Walker (I) (1922–1992)

They say big things often come in small packages, and never was that saying more true than when sizing up the talents of that diminutive dynamo Nancy Walker. Born Anna Myrtle Smoyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 10, 1922, she lived a "born-in-a-trunk" existence as the daughter of vaudevillian Dewey Barto (né Dewey Smoyer). At the time of ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 10 nominations. See more awards »

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 1990-1992 True Colors (TV Series)
Sara Bower
- Word to the Mother (1992) ... Sara Bower
- Feeling Up! (1992) ... Sara Bower
- Affirmative Reaction (1992) ... Sara Bower
- In a Flash (1992) ... Sara Bower
- Half a Man (1992) ... Sara Bower
 1989 Newhart (TV Series)
Aunt Louise
- Attack of the Killer Aunt (1989) ... Aunt Louise
 1987-1988 Mama's Boy (TV Series)
Mollie McCaskey
- Hamlet (1988) ... Mollie McCaskey
- Remembrance of Things Past (1988) ... Mollie McCaskey
- Mickey's Song (1988) ... Mollie McCaskey
- Pilot (1987) ... Mollie McCaskey
- Molly's Night Out (1987) ... Mollie McCaskey
 1987 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Angela
- Long Day's Journey Into Marinara (1987) ... Angela
- The Sisters (1987) ... Angela
 1986 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
Mrs. Wrench
- The Fox Who Saw Too Much (1986) ... Mrs. Wrench
 1985 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Leading Lady / Moon Rock
- Columbus Circle (1985) ... Leading Lady
- Jeeter Mason and the Magic Headset (1985) ... Moon Rock (voice)
 1983 Fame (TV Series)
Rachel Kaufman
- Sunshine Again (1983) ... Rachel Kaufman
 1979-1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Twinkie Bascons / Judge Joanne Akinson / Hetty Waterhouse
- The Trigamist/Jealousy/From Here to Maternity (1981) ... Judge Joanne Akinson
- Gopher's Opportunity/The Switch/Home Sweet Home (1979) ... Hetty Waterhouse
 1982 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Harriett Krieger
- 42 (1982) ... Harriett Krieger
 1978 Human Feelings (TV Movie)
God - Mrs. G
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Mumsy
 1976-1977 The Nancy Walker Show (TV Series)
Nancy Kitteridge
- The Reunion (1977) ... Nancy Kitteridge
- The Partners (1977) ... Nancy Kitteridge
- Kenneth's Memoirs (1976) ... Nancy Kitteridge
- Terry's Depression (1976) ... Nancy Kitteridge
- Rival Agents (1976) ... Nancy Kitteridge
 1976 Murder by Death
Maid
 1971-1976 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Mildred
- Point of Law (1976) ... Mildred
- Greed (1976) ... Mildred
- The Deadly Cure (1976) ... Mildred
- Secrets for Sale (1975) ... Mildred
- Aftershock (1975) ... Mildred
 1975 Death Scream (TV Movie)
Mrs. Jacobs
 1974 Thursday's Game (TV Movie)
Mrs. Bender
 1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Mrs. Cohen
- Fingerprint (1974) ... Mrs. Cohen
 1973 40 Carats
Mrs. Margie Margolin
 1973 The World's Greatest Athlete
Mrs. Petersen
 1973 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
Mrs. Applebaum
- Aspirin at 7, Dinner at 8 (1973) ... Mrs. Applebaum
 1972 Every Man Needs One (TV Movie)
David's mother
 1972 Bridget Loves Bernie (TV Series)
Aunt Ruthie
- The Little White Lie That Grew and Grew (1972) ... Aunt Ruthie
 1971-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Bertha Furman (segment "Love and the Oldly Weds") / Mother (segment "Love and the See-Through Man") / Mrs. Morrison (segment "Love and the Pulitzer Prize")
- Love and the Girlish Groom/Love and the New You/Love and the Oldlyweds/Love and the Wishing Star (1972) ... Bertha Furman (segment "Love and the Oldly Weds")
- Love and the Arctic Station/Love and the Pulitzer Prize/Love and the Tattoo (1971) ... Mrs. Morrison (segment "Love and the Pulitzer Prize")
 1972 Medical Center (TV Series)
Mrs. Bainbridge
- Cycle of Peril (1972) ... Mrs. Bainbridge
 1972 Keep the Faith (TV Movie)
Sophie
 1971 Decisions! Decisions! (TV Movie)
 1970-1971 Family Affair (TV Series)
Emily Turner
- Cinder-Emily (1971) ... Emily Turner
- Too Late, Too Soon (1971) ... Emily Turner
- Say Uncle (1970) ... Emily Turner
- And Baby Makes Eight (1970) ... Emily Turner
- It Can't Be Five Years (1970) ... Emily Turner
 1960 The Tab Hunter Show (TV Series)
Buddy Parker
- I Love a Marine (1960) ... Buddy Parker
 1959-1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Rifkele
- World of Sholom Aleichem (1959) ... Rifkele
 1959 The World of Sholom Aleichem (TV Movie)
 1955-1958 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Sadie / Gertie - Bolivar's Girlfriend
- Bolivar's Beauty Salon (1958) ... Sadie
- Fish Peddler's Thanksgiving (1955) ... Gertie - Bolivar's Girlfriend
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Teresa
- Code of the Corner (1958) ... Teresa
 1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Letty Bern
- Nick and Letty (1956) ... Letty Bern
 1954 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series)
Marlene
- Episode #7.2 (1954) ... Marlene
- Episode #7.1 (1954) ... Marlene
 1954 Lucky Me
Flo Neely
 1950 Musical Comedy Time (TV Series)
Mary Custer
- Whoopee (1950) ... Mary Custer
 1944 Broadway Rhythm
Trixie Simpson
 1943 Best Foot Forward
Nancy - Blind Date
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Show Show Self (39 credits)
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Other Works:

TV Commercials: Bounty Paper Towels/Rosie. Famously played the character of "Rosie," a diner waitress in a two decades long running series of commercials for Bounty paper towels from 1970 to 1990. She almost single handedly made the product's slogan, "The Quicker Picker Upper," a common catchphrase. See more »

Height:

4' 11" (1.5 m)
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Trivia:

When auditioning for "Best Foot Forward" on Broadway, George Abbott thought she was the actress Helen Walker auditioning and signed her up for a bit part. After she got the part, her talent was revealed and the part was rewritten into a starring role for her. She decided to keep the name "Walker." See more »

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Taurus

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