Nancy Kovack


Biography

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. Nov...

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Biography

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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Jason and the Argonauts - Color Still Set
Here is a set of color stills from Columbia Pictures' Jason and the Argonauts (1963). For certain prestigious color productions, studios would send out sets of color stills as promotional material.
Marooned - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Marooned (1969), starring Gregory Peck, David Janssen, and Gene Hackman. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

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Jason And The Argonauts (1963) - Open, Zeus, King Of The Gods Stately hieroglyphic-style credits and decadent Pelias (Douglas Wilmer) having his fortune told, the opening to the Ray Harryhausen Greek-myth special-effects landmark Jason and the Argonauts, 1963, starring Todd Armstrong.
Diary Of A Madman (1963) - He's A Strange Fish Initiating a flashback after the funeral, gallery owner D’Arville and his daughter (Edward Colmans, Elaine Devry), with Capt. Rennedon (Stephen Roberts) attending, begin executing the will of magistrate Cordier (Vincent Price, introduced here), early in Diary Of A Madman, 1963.
Diary Of A Madman (1963) - Hatred Is Evil Judge Cordier (Vincent Price) seems to be cracking up after killing a convicted murder in self defense, and has just accused his butler Pierre (Ian Wolfe) of surprising him by hanging a picture of his long-dead wife and son where he would find it, in Diary Of A Madman, 1963.
Diary Of A Madman (1963) - And She Laughed French judge Cordier (Vincent Price), worried for his sanity after strange events following his having killed a condemned murderer in self defense, has been advised to resume old habits like sculpting, so he meets Odette (Nancy Kovack), in Diary Of A Madman, 1963, from stories by Guy De Maupassant.
Marooned (1969) - Have You Given Up Hope? Having confirmed that the astronauts are stuck in orbit, NASA chief Keith (Gregory Peck) instructs mission control officer Dougherty (David Jansen) to manage the wives (Lee Grant, Nancy Kovack, Mariette Hartley) before he takes on the press, John Sturges directing, in Marooned, 1969.

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