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Also Known As: Died: September 12, 1992
Born: August 2, 1905 Cause of Death: cancer, complicated by a stroke and pneumonia
Birth Place: Saginaw, Michigan, USA Profession: actor

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Distinguished stage actress who was a member of the innovative, politically committed Group Theater in the 1930s and played character roles in Hollywood films of the 40s.

Distinguished stage actress who was a member of the innovative, politically committed Group Theater in the 1930s and played character roles in Hollywood films of the 40s.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Awakenings (1990) Mrs Lowe
2.
 Haunting Passion, The (1983) Judith Granville
3.
 Skokie (1981) Grandma Jensen
4.
5.
 Wedding, A (1978) Aunt Beatrice Sloan Cory
6.
 3 Women (1977) Pinky'S Mother
7.
 The Late Show (1977) Mrs Schmidt
8.
 Arch of Triumph (1948) Madame Fessler
9.
 Mother Wore Tights (1947) Miss Ridgeway
10.
 Humoresque (1947) Esther Boray
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Grew up travelling with her mother on the vaudeville circuit
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Sent to Los Angeles to study at a Roman Catholic school in an attempt by her mother to discourage stage career; nonetheless received encouragement from a nun who saw her acting talent
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Began performing onstage in the early 1920s
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Was a charter member of New York City's Group Theater in the 1930s
1935:
Played the taxi driver's wife in the Group Theater's landmark production of Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty"
1943:
Film debut, "North Star"
1948:
Acted in last film in nearly three decades, "Arch of Triumph"
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Turned down the role of Willy Loman's wife in the original stage version of Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman"
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Joined Tyrone Guthrie's stage repertory company along with husband John Cromwell in the early 1960s
1977:
Returned to feature films to play roles in "The Late Show" and "Three Women"
1990:
Last film, "Awakenings"
1991:
Made last stage appearance in the cast of "Uncle Vanya" in New York
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husband:
William Challee. Actor. Divorced; supporting actor in over 20 films from the 1940s through the 70s, including "Destination Tokyo" (1943), "Force of Evil" (1948), and "Five Easy Pieces" (1970); acted with Nelson in "Sea of Grass" (1947).
husband:
John Cromwell. Director, actor. Married c. 1946 until his death in 1979; born December 23, 1888; directed such films as "Of Human Bondage" (1934), "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1937), "Algiers" (1938), "Since You Went Away" (1944), "The Enchanted Cottage" (1945) and "Caged" (1950); acted alongside Nelson late in life in two Robert Altman films, "Three Women" (1977) and "A Wedding" (1978).

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mother:
Eva Mudge. Vaudevillian. Noted quick-change artist.
sister:
Lynda Stack. Survived her.
sister:
Gay Samuelson. Survived her.
step-son:
James Cromwell. Father John Cromwell.
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