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Also Known As: Died: March 25, 1992
Born: May 10, 1922 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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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