Nancy Gates

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Nancy Gates
Nancy Gates in Suddenly.jpg
Born Nancy Jane Gates
(1926-02-01) February 1, 1926 (age 89)
Dallas, Texas USA
Occupation Film, television actress
Years active 1942 – 1969
Spouse(s) J. William Hayes (1946-1992) (his death) 4 children

Nancy Gates (February 1, 1926[1]) is a retired American film and television actress.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Gates,[2] Nancy Gates was born in Dallas, Texas, Gates grew up in nearby Denton, and was described as "a child wonder."[3] A 1932 newspaper article about an Easter program at Robert E. Lee School noted, "Nancy Gates, presenting a soft-shoe number, will open the style show."[4] That same year, she had a part in the Denton Kiddie Revue.[5]

As a youngster, she appeared in the production "A Kiss for Cinderella," which starred Brenda Marshall and a minstrel show that included Ann Sheridan, both of whom were from Denton.[3] She was in show business before she finished high school, having her own program on a Dallas radio station for two years while she was a student at Denton High School,[6] from which she graduated.[7] Musically oriented, Gates was featured as a singer in a 1942 concert by the North Texas Teachers College stage band.[8]

Gates attended the University of Oklahoma for one year before getting married.[2]

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Gates entered acting at a young age, receiving a contract with RKO at the age of 15, which required court approval because of her status as a minor.[9] Orson Welles screen-tested her for a role in the 1942 film The Magnificent Ambersons. Although she did not get the role, which went to Anne Baxter, the test paved the way for her future entry into film.[3] That same year she had her first credited role, in The Great Gildersleeve. In 1943 she went on contract with RKO, her first film with them being Hitler's Children that same year. She began receiving roles in mostly B-movies, many of which were westerns or sci-fi, eventually receiving lead roles as the heroine. In 1948 she starred opposite Eddie Dean in Check Your Guns, and in 1949 she played alongside Jim Bannon, Marin Sais, and Emmett Lynn in an episode of the Red Ryder serial, titled Roll, Thunder, Roll. She would star in several other films over the next ten years, especially in westerns like Comanche Station (1960), and in support roles, most notably in two Frank Sinatra films, Some Came Running and Suddenly.

In total Gates starred or co-starred in 34 films and serials. She retired from acting in 1969.

Radio[edit]

Gates played in Orson Wells Theater on CBS in 1941-1942 and in the soap opera Masquerade on NBC in 1946-1947.[10] A February 21, 1944, newspaper article noted that Gates would "appear in a series of air programs for the RKO Studios beginning Feb. 28."[11] In 1951, she appeared on Lux Radio Theatre in a supporting role in Sunset Boulevard.[12]

Television[edit]

Gates made a total of 55 television appearances. She made two appearances on the television series Maverick, three appearances on Perry Mason, three on Wagon Train, six on Lux Video Theater, and two on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1957 she had a memorable role as defendant Martha Bradford in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Crooked Candle;" then in 1964 she was cast in the role of the defendant, Mary Douglas, in "The Case of the Woeful Widower." In 1965 she again played the role of Perry's client, this time as Claire Armstrong, the title character, in "The Case of the Candy Queen."

Her other TV appearances included The Third Man,[13] Bonanza,[14] Studio 57,[15] The Lineup,[16] Bus Stop,[17] The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse,[18] Your Play Time,[19] Riverboat,[20] General Electric Theater,[21] Rawhide,[22] Letter to Loretta,[23] The Mod Squad,[24] Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre,[25] Bourbon Street Beat,[26] The Special for Women with Dinah Shore,[27] Danny Thomas Hour,[28] and Damon Runyon Theater.[29]

Family[edit]

Gates retired in 1969 to be closer to her family.

She was married to Hollywood attorney and business manager J. William Hayes, whom she met when he was a commercial pilot and she was a passenger on one of his flights.[30] They had four children, twin daughters Cindy and Cathy,[31] born November 5, 1960,[32] and sons who became Hollywood producers—Jeffrey M. Hayes and Chip Hayes. J. William Hayes died in 1992.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Katz, Ephraim (1979). The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume. Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-50601-2.P. 471.
  2. ^ a b Kleypas, Rosmarie (March 5, 1950). "Nancy Gates Returns To Visit Family, Friends After Completing New Movie". Denton Record-Chronicle. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b c "Texas' Gift to Hollywood". The San Bernardino County Sun. December 20, 1942. p. 28. Retrieved March 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ "Lee School Plans Easter Program". Denton Record-Chronicle. March 22, 1932. p. 5. Retrieved March 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ "Big Crowd Sees Kiddie Revue Here". Denton Record-Chronicle. May 30, 1932. p. 5. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ a b "Nancy Gates". Denton Record-Chronicle. February 24, 1952. p. 2. Retrieved March 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ "Nancy Gates to Get one of Top Roles in Gildersleeve Film to Be produced by RKO". Denton Record-Chronicle. September 14, 1942. p. 3. Retrieved March 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ "Nancy Gates to Remain Here for T.C. 'Concert In Swing' Jan. 8". Denton Record-Chronicle. December 30, 1942. p. 3. Retrieved March 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ "Court Approves Nancy Gates' RKO Movie Contract". Denton Record-Chronicle. August 13, 1947. p. 6. Retrieved March 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Pp. 442, 525.
  11. ^ "Nancy Gates to Be on Air". Denton Record-Chronicle. February 21, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved March 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  12. ^ "Miss Nancy Gates Appears Monday On Radio Show". Denton Record-Chronicle. September 13, 1951. p. 3. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ "(TV listing)". Independent Press-Telegram. May 21, 1961. p. 73. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ "(TV listing)". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. August 21, 1966. p. 69. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  15. ^ "(TV listing)". Independent. September 13, 1958. p. 16. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  16. ^ "(TV listing)". Independent. January 6, 1960. p. 27. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  17. ^ "(TV listing)". Independent Press-Telegram. November 19, 1961. p. 131. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  18. ^ "(TV listing)". Long Beach Independent. November 6, 1953. p. 29. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  19. ^ "(TV listing)". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. August 15, 1954. p. 17. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  20. ^ "(TV listing)". The Times-Record. August 27, 1960. p. 26. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  21. ^ "(TV listing)". Independent Press-Telegram. July 8, 1956. p. 30. Retrieved March 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  22. ^ "(photo caption)". Independent Press-Telegram. October 31, 1965. p. 186. Retrieved March 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  23. ^ "(TV listing)". The Pantagraph. November 9, 1957. p. 17. Retrieved March 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  24. ^ "(TV listing)". San Antonio Express. June 2, 1970. p. 8. Retrieved March 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  25. ^ "Nancy Gates, John Derek On 'Zane Grey'". The Morning Herald. April 29, 1961. p. 27. Retrieved March 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  26. ^ "On TV This Week" (Express and News). January 3, 1960. p. 75. Retrieved March 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  27. ^ "Nancy Gates In Special On Housewife". The Daily Herald. February 22, 1965. p. 17. Retrieved March 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  28. ^ "(TV listing)". Standard-Speaker. May 11, 1968. Retrieved March 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  29. ^ Vernon, Terry (April 30, 1955). "Tele-Vues". Long Beach Independent. p. 6. Retrieved March 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  30. ^ "Headliners Featured On 'Here's Hollywood'". The Daily Herald. August 21, 1961. p. 19. Retrieved March 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  31. ^ "Hollywood Actress Is A Home Girl". The Herald. November 16, 1961. p. 10. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  32. ^ "Twin Girls Born To Nancy Gates". The Times. November 7, 1960. p. 14. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  33. ^ a b c Greer, Kitty (June 27, 1946). "'Expelled From School', Starlet Nancy Gates Takes Vacation From Radio Show to Visit Homefolks Here". Denton Record-Chronicle. p. 4. Retrieved March 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  34. ^ "'Target Hong Kong'". Motion Picture Daily. December 29, 1952. p. 36. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  35. ^ a b c d e f Maltin, Leonard (1995). Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 1995. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-451-18172-7. P. 830.
  36. ^ "Eavesdropping (photo caption)". Abilene Reporter-News. July 29, 1956. p. 31. 
  37. ^ "What's Showing?". The Jefferson Bee. June 18, 1957. p. 2. Retrieved March 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  38. ^ "George Sanders Stars In Unusual RKO Movie Now at Local Theatre". Shamokin News-Dispatch. April 15, 1957. p. 12. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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