Nancy Kovack

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Nancy Kovack
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Nancy Kovack in trailer to Diary of a Madman (1963)
Born Nancy Kovach
(1935-03-11) March 11, 1935 (age 79)
Flint, Michigan, United States
Alma mater University of Michigan
Years active 1959–1976
Spouse(s) Zubin Mehta (1969-present) (2 children)

Nancy Kovack (born March 11, 1935) is an American former actress, known for many film and television roles, mostly in the 1960s and 1970s.

Biography[edit]

Kovack became interested in acting when she went to New York City to attend a wedding and became one of the Glea Girls for Jackie Gleason. She has appeared on a number of TV series including Star Trek, Bewitched (playing Darrin Stephens' catty ex-fiancee and Samantha's nemesis, Sheila Sommers), Batman (episodes 5 and 6), I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart,[1] Perry Mason, 12 O'Clock High, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Invaders episode Task Force in season 2/16, and Burke's Law.,[2] and Family Affair in 1968 (episode titled "Family Plan"). In 1969 she was nominated for an Emmy for an appearance on Mannix.

As her profile increased, Kovack began to gain roles in Hollywood movies, most notably as the high priestess Medea in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). She also had parts in Strangers When We Meet (1960), The Wild Westerners, Diary of a Madman (1963) with Vincent Price, The Outlaws Is Coming (1965) with The Three Stooges, Sylvia (1965), The Great Sioux Massacre (1965), The Silencers (1966), Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966), and the Elvis Presley film Frankie and Johnny (1966).[2]

On Broadway she appeared in The Disenchanted. Her last film role was in Marooned (1969), a science fiction drama. She played the murder victim in the made-for-TV movie/series pilot Ellery Queen (also known as Too Many Suspects) (1975), "Monica Gray," and was credited as Nancy Mehta.

Personal life[edit]

In 1969, Kovack married conductor Zubin Mehta, then music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and later music director of the New York Philharmonic.

Until 2006, the Mehtas spent some months of the year in residence in Munich, Germany, where Zubin Mehta was the Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera. Mr. Mehta is currently Music Director for life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra [3] and the Main Conductor for Valencia's opera house. Zubin Mehta is also the chief conductor of Florence, Italy's Maggio Musicale festival.[4]

Susan McDougal (of Whitewater controversy notoriety) worked as Kovack's personal assistant in the early 1990s. After her employment ended, Kovack took legal action against McDougal for alleged embezzlement. McDougal was acquitted in 1998 on all twelve charges. A suit by McDougal in 1999 for malicious prosecution ended in a settlement.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Get Smart, Episode 16, Season 4 ("The Day They Raided the Knights"), airdate January 11, 1969
  2. ^ a b "IMDB - Nancy Kovack - Actress". Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.ipo.co.il/eng/About/MusicalAdmin/.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.zubinmehta.net/5.0.html
  5. ^ The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk, ISBN 0-7867-1302-X, Susan McDougal et al. 2003, p.338

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