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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
First appeared in parents' vaudeville act at age three
Toured Europe with parents in "The Barto and Mann Vaudeville Team" during childhood; toured with father after her mother's death
Was featured on radio serial, "The Lady Next Door" as a teenager
Pursued career as a torch singer
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
Broadway debut, "Best Foot Forward" at the Barrymore Theater, New York
First feature role, "Best Foot Forward"
Co-starred on Broadway in musical "On the Town"
Starred in first non-musical Broadway play, "Waltz Me Around Again"
TV debut, "Musical Comedy Time"
Toured USA in production of "Roaring Girl"
Regular role on TV's "The Jerry Lester Show"
Opened nightclub act at the San Souci in Miami Beach
Made directing debut with "The Pushcart Affair" which foled on the road
Broadway directing debut with production of James Kirkwood's farce, "UTBU" (Unhealthy to Be Unpleasant) at the Helen Hayes Theater
Directed the off-Broadway production of "The Wen" and "Orange Souffle", the first plays of Nobel laureate novelist Saul Bellow
Moved to Los Angeles
Regular role on TV series, "Family Affair"
Regular guest appearances on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Debuted her Rosie character in Bounty paper towel commercials
Played the housekeeper on "McMillan and Wife"
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
Appeared as Mrs. Morgenstern on "Rhoda"; also directed some episodes
Starred in own TV series, "The Nancy Walker Show" (also performed theme song, "Nancy's Blues")
Starred as Nancy Blansky, den mother for a bevy of Las Vegas showgirls, in the TV sitcom, "Blansky's Beauties"
Directed first TV-movie, "13 Queens Boulevard"
Directed feature film, "Can't Stop The Music"
Played Sara Bower on the Fox-TV sitcom, "True Colors", from its debut until her death
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