Nancy Kelly

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Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly 1955.JPG
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Born (1921-03-25)March 25, 1921
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died January 2, 1995(1995-01-02) (aged 73)
Bel Air, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1926–1977
Notable work(s) Jesse James, One Night In The Tropics, Tarzan's Desert Mystery, The Bad Seed
Spouse(s) Edmond O'Brien
(m.1941–1942; divorced)
Fred Jackman, Jr.
(m.1946–1950; divorced)
Warren Caro
(m.1955–1968; divorced) 1 child

Nancy Kelly (March 25, 1921 – January 2, 1995) was an American actress, who was a movie leading lady in the late 1930s, making 36 movies between 1926 and 1977, including portraying Tyrone Power's love interest in the classic Jesse James (1939), which also featured Henry Fonda, and playing opposite Spencer Tracy in Stanley and Livingstone later that same year.


Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, she was the older sister of actor Jack Kelly, who played "Bart Maverick" alongside James Garner and Roger Moore in the 1957 television series Maverick. Kelly began her career as a child actress, whose image had appeared in so many different advertisements by the time she was nine years old that Film Daily called her "the most photographed child in America due to commercial posing." She also played Dorothy Gale in a 1933 to 1934 radio show based on the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

As an adult, she was a leading lady in twenty-seven movies in the 1930s and '40s, including director John Ford's Submarine Patrol, the comedy He Married His Wife with Joel McCrea, Frontier Marshal with Randolph Scott as Wyatt Earp, and Tarzan's Desert Mystery with Johnny Weismuller. Kelly was subsequently a two-time winner of the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre as well as a Tony Award winner for her performance in The Bad Seed, which she followed up by starring in the film version in 1956 and receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also starred on television, including leading roles in "The Storm" (1961) episode of Thriller and "The Lonely Hours" (1963) episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. In 1957, Kelly was nominated at the 9th Primetime Emmy Awards#Best Single Performance by an Actress for an Emmy Award for Best Single Performance by an Actress for TV episode "The Pilot" in Studio One.


Kelly's first husband was actor Edmond O'Brien. Her second was Fred Jackman, Jr. son of silent Hollywood cameraman and director Fred Jackman. Her third husband was theatre director Warren Caro. They had a daughter Kelly Caro in 1957.


On her death in 1995 from complications of diabetes, Nancy Kelly was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Nancy Kelly has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.


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