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Also Known As: Anna Myrtle Swoyer, Myrtle Swoyer Died: March 25, 1992
Born: May 10, 1922 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, comedian, singer, director

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Pint-sized comedienne-singer who electrified Broadway at age 19 with her debut as a wisecracking ugly-duckling blind date in the Hugh Martin-Ralph Blaine musical "Best Foot Forward" (1941). In 1943, Walker reprised the role in MGM's sassy film version and played a similar part in the remake of the Gershwins' "Girl Crazy."

Pint-sized comedienne-singer who electrified Broadway at age 19 with her debut as a wisecracking ugly-duckling blind date in the Hugh Martin-Ralph Blaine musical "Best Foot Forward" (1941). In 1943, Walker reprised the role in MGM's sassy film version and played a similar part in the remake of the Gershwins' "Girl Crazy."

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DIRECTOR:

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  Can't Stop The Music (1980) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 That's Entertainment! III (1994) Song Performer
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 Human Feelings (1978) God
4.
 Murder By Death (1976) Maid Yetta
5.
 Death Scream (1975) Mrs Jacobs
6.
 Thursday's Game (1974) Miss Bender
7.
 The World's Greatest Athlete (1973) Mrs. Peterson
8.
 40 Carats (1973) Mrs Margolin
9.
 Stand Up and Be Counted (1972) Agnes
10.
 Every Man Needs One (1972) David'S Mother
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Made first stage appearance when she crawled on stage at the age of ten months during her mother's vaudeville act
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First appeared in parents' vaudeville act at age three
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Toured Europe with parents in "The Barto and Mann Vaudeville Team" during childhood; toured with father after her mother's death
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Was featured on radio serial, "The Lady Next Door" as a teenager
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Pursued career as a torch singer
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Obtained first Broadway role in a case of mistaken identity when she auditioned for director and producer George Abbott and Richard Rodgers for musical "Best Foot Forward" (1941); she was misintroduced as Miss Walker since they had been expecting a singer named Helen Walker; she kept the name Walker and the role was expanded from five lines to a leading one to highlight her talent
1941:
Broadway debut, "Best Foot Forward" at the Barrymore Theater, New York
1943:
First feature role, "Best Foot Forward"
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Co-starred on Broadway in musical "On the Town"
1948:
Starred in first non-musical Broadway play, "Waltz Me Around Again"
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TV debut, "Musical Comedy Time"
1951:
Toured USA in production of "Roaring Girl"
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Regular role on TV's "The Jerry Lester Show"
1954:
Opened nightclub act at the San Souci in Miami Beach
1962:
Made directing debut with "The Pushcart Affair" which foled on the road
1966:
Broadway directing debut with production of James Kirkwood's farce, "UTBU" (Unhealthy to Be Unpleasant) at the Helen Hayes Theater
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Directed the off-Broadway production of "The Wen" and "Orange Souffle", the first plays of Nobel laureate novelist Saul Bellow
1970:
Moved to Los Angeles
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Regular role on TV series, "Family Affair"
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Regular guest appearances on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
1970:
Debuted her Rosie character in Bounty paper towel commercials
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Played the housekeeper on "McMillan and Wife"
1971:
Appeared in final stage musical, a revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opposite Phil Silvers at the Los Angeles Music Center
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Appeared as Mrs. Morgenstern on "Rhoda"; also directed some episodes
1976:
Starred in own TV series, "The Nancy Walker Show" (also performed theme song, "Nancy's Blues")
1977:
Starred as Nancy Blansky, den mother for a bevy of Las Vegas showgirls, in the TV sitcom, "Blansky's Beauties"
1979:
Directed first TV-movie, "13 Queens Boulevard"
1980:
Directed feature film, "Can't Stop The Music"
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Played Sara Bower on the Fox-TV sitcom, "True Colors", from its debut until her death
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Education

Bentley School for Girls: New York , New York -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York -

Notes

Walker has been Tony-nominated twice and Emmy-nominated eight times.

"I'm filled with rages. I'm, the most irate woman I've ever known. Most of the time I'm, quiet. You would never know I could kill. Oh yes. I explode." --Nancy Walker quoted in TV Guide

She received the Genii Award from American Women in Radio and TV in 1975.

Posthumously inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1997

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husband:
Gar Moore. Actor. Married on August 1, 1948; divorced on June 8, 1949.
husband:
David Craig. Singer, vocal teacher, composer. Married January 29, 1951; had coached Walker when she was plagued with vocal problems in 1949; died on August 28, 1998 at age 75.

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father:
Dewey Stewart. Vaudeville acrobat.
mother:
Myrtle Swoyer. Dancer.
sister:
Betty Lou Barto. Singer, actor. Understudied Walker in "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" and went on for her (1947).
daughter:
Miranda Craig. Writer. Born c. 1952.
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