Nancy Kelly (I) (1921–1995)

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Coached by her show-business mother, a former actress, brunette Nancy Kelly started her career as a one-year-old model for James Montgomery Flagg. While receiving her education at the Bentley School for Girls she also trained as an actress. From 1926, at age 5, the precociously talented Nancy became one of the most prolific of Hollywood child ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Bad Seed Christine Penmark
Studio One Dorothea / Helen / Sister Mary Aquinas
One Night in the Tropics Cynthia Merrick
Jesse James Zerelda - aka Zee


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 1977 Murder at the World Series (TV Movie)
Alice Dakso
 1975 Bronk (TV Series)
Enid Howard
- Echo of Danger (1975) ... Enid Howard
 1975 The Impostor (TV Movie)
Victoria Kent
 1974 Medical Center (TV Series)
- Appointment with Danger (1974) ... Kate
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. J. A. Williams / Vera Brandon
- The Lonely Hours (1963) ... Mrs. J. A. Williams / Vera Brandon
 1962 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Sarah Wallace Sykes
- Nothing Equals Nothing (1962) ... Sarah Wallace Sykes
 1962 Thriller (TV Series)
Janet Willsom
- The Storm (1962) ... Janet Willsom
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Martha Dolon
- Office Party (1958) ... Martha Dolon
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
Fran Steppe
- Four O'Clock (1957) ... Fran Steppe
 1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Irene Marshall
- Murder Is a Witch (1957) ... Irene Marshall
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Barbara Millet
- Circle of the Day (1957) ... Barbara Millet
 1953-1956 Studio One (TV Series)
Sister Mary Aquinas / Dorothea / Helen
- The Pilot (1956) ... Sister Mary Aquinas
- The Secret Self (1954) ... Dorothea
- Conflict (1953) ... Helen
- The Fathers (1953)
 1956 The Bad Seed
Christine Penmark
 1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
- Roar of the Lion (1956) ... Dora
 1956 Crowded Paradise
Louise Heath
 1954 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- Time Bomb (1954)
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- Nothing Personal (1954)
 1954 Suspense (TV Series)
 1954 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- The Voyage Back (1954)
 1953-1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Sheila / Clare
- The Bachelor of Grandby Oaks (1954) ... Sheila
- With Glory and Honor (1953) ... Clare
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- Minor Incident (1951) ... Dorothy
 1950 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
Anne Merrill
- Welcome Home (1950) ... Anne Merrill
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
- Minor Incident (1950) ... Dorothy
 1946 Murder in the Music Hall
Mrs. Rita Morgan
 1945 Follow That Woman
Nancy Boone
 1945 Woman Who Came Back
Lorna Webster
 1945 Song of the Sarong
 1945 Betrayal from the East
Peggy Harrison
 1944 Double Exposure
Pat Marvin
 1944 Show Business
Nancy Gaye
 1944 Gambler's Choice
Mary Hayes / Vi Parker
 1943 Tornado
Victory Kane
 1943 Tarzan's Desert Mystery
Connie Bryce
 1943 Women in Bondage
Toni Hall
 1942 Friendly Enemies
June Block
 1942 To the Shores of Tripoli
Helene Hunt
 1942 Fly-By-Night
Pat Lindsey
 1941 Parachute Battalion
Kit Richards
 1941 A Very Young Lady
Alice Carter
 1941 Scotland Yard
Lady Sandra Lasher
 1940 One Night in the Tropics
Cynthia Merrick
 1940 Private Affairs
Jane Bullerton
 1940 Sailor's Lady
Sally Gilroy
 1940 He Married His Wife
 1939 Stanley and Livingstone
Eve Kingsley
 1939 Frontier Marshal
Sarah Allen
 1939 Tail Spin
Lois Allen
 1939 Jesse James
Zerelda - aka Zee
 1938 Submarine Patrol
Susan Leeds
 1929 Glorifying the American Girl
Child (uncredited)
 1929 The Girl on the Barge
Superior McCadden
 1926 The Pig's Curly Tail (Short)
The Little Girl
 1926 The Great Gatsby
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1926 Mismates
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She acted in William Wycherley's play, "The Country Girl," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Sidney Blackmer in the cast. See more »

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Film Daily, Page 7, June 5, 1929 reports: "Little Nancy Kelly...has worked in 23 pics during the past two years; Nancy must be the most photographed child in America due to commercial posing." See more »

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