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Nancy Kovack's acting career was short-lived for an unusual reason: not scandal, or drugs, or unpopularity, but rather, simply and sweetly, love. After only a decade of film and TV roles, Kovack formed a lasting relationship with celebrated conductor Zubin Mehta and decided to focus her life on her marriage. Even in her few years as an entertainer, though, she made an indelible mark. Novack is perhaps most recognized as Medea, the spurned (and vengeful) sorceress in 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts," a stop-motion film about the mythical quest for the Golden Fleece (though Jason's legendary abandonment of Medea is omitted from the movie, ensuring that his character stays in the good graces of theatergoing audiences). That same year, Novack played another romantic interest who is not so kindly spared from an unfortunate on-screen fate; in "Diary of a Madman," she portrayed the avaricious Odette Mallotte, whose gold-digging gets her in over her head with a magistrate possessed by an evil spirit. Years later, Kovack played a wife in another terrifying situation: fear that her astronaut husband might not return from his mission aboard a space station. Real-life astronaut Jim Lovell took his own wife to...

Nancy Kovack's acting career was short-lived for an unusual reason: not scandal, or drugs, or unpopularity, but rather, simply and sweetly, love. After only a decade of film and TV roles, Kovack formed a lasting relationship with celebrated conductor Zubin Mehta and decided to focus her life on her marriage. Even in her few years as an entertainer, though, she made an indelible mark. Novack is perhaps most recognized as Medea, the spurned (and vengeful) sorceress in 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts," a stop-motion film about the mythical quest for the Golden Fleece (though Jason's legendary abandonment of Medea is omitted from the movie, ensuring that his character stays in the good graces of theatergoing audiences). That same year, Novack played another romantic interest who is not so kindly spared from an unfortunate on-screen fate; in "Diary of a Madman," she portrayed the avaricious Odette Mallotte, whose gold-digging gets her in over her head with a magistrate possessed by an evil spirit. Years later, Kovack played a wife in another terrifying situation: fear that her astronaut husband might not return from his mission aboard a space station. Real-life astronaut Jim Lovell took his own wife to see the film "Marooned" less than a year before he went into space, and the viewing purportedly added to her anxiety about the possibility of his experiencing a similar disaster (as he indeed would, on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to the Moon).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Marooned (1969) Teresa Stone
2.
 Enter Laughing (1967) Miss B
3.
4.
 Frankie and Johnny (1966) Nellie Bly
5.
 The Silencers (1966) Barbara
6.
 The Great Sioux Massacre (1965) Libbie Custer
7.
 Sylvia (1965) Big Shirley
8.
 The Outlaws IS Coming (1965) Annie Oakley
9.
 Diary of a Madman (1963) Odette Duclasse
10.
 Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Medea
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Studio_60 ( 2007-02-15 )

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Born MARCH 11 1935 in Flint, Michigan.
An advanced accomplished student landed her in the University of Michigan at the age of 15.
Became a radio deejay at 16 at the University’s radio station then graduated at 19.
Involved in numerous beauty pageants she held eight beauty titles by the time she was 20.
She entered her official acting career with Jackie Gleason on TV in New York, as one of Jackie's Glea Girls and later, more notably, on The Dave Garroway Show, Beat The Clock and The Today Show.
Shortly thereafter she signed with Columbia in Hollywood . Her exposure was immense with an incredible list of TV credits (listed below).
Emmy-nominated in 1969 for a guest shot on Mannix.

CANNON, BRONK, LONG TIME DYING, THE INVISBLE MAN, ELLERY QUEEN, MANNIX, LOVE AMERICAN STYLE, MAROONED, IT TAKES A THIEF, HAWAII FIVE-O, BEWITCHED, GET SMART, THE NAME OF THE GAME, FAMILY AFFAIR, THE F.B.I, STAR TREK, THE INVADERS, I SPY, ENTER LAUGHING, OFF WE GO, VACATION PLAYHOUSE, TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY, THE SILENCERS, PERRY MASON, BATMAN, DIAMOND 33, HONEY WEST, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, THE GREAT SIOUX MASSACRE, BURKES LAW, SYLVIA, THE OUTLAWS IS COMING, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH, KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, DAIRY OF A MADMAN, THE WILD WESTERNERS, NUMBER PLEASE, CRY FOR A HAPPY, STRANGERS WHEN WE MEET and THE UNITED STATES STEEL HOUR.

Holz ( 2008-11-07 )

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Spouse:Zubin Mehta Jul/19/1969 - Present (2 children)

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