October 2, 1888
Troy, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 2, 1950
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Florence was born to James H. and Ellen Frances (née McNamara) Ryan. She and her sister adopted the surname of their stepfather, Philip F. Nash, a vaudeville booking executive, who married their mother after the death of their father, a lawyer.
She began her acting career in 1907 and had her first hit in 1912 as Aggie Lynch in Within the Law. She was a noted theater actor and comedian in vaudeville until the 1930s (appearing in sketches including In 1999), when she moved to Hollywood to try her luck with films. Her most notable role was as "Nancy Blake" in the MGM 1939 blockbuster, The Women.
She also was the author of a book of verse, June Dusk, published in 1918.
- Springtime (1914)
- It's a Great Life (1935)
- The Women (1939)
- Florence Nash profile at IBDb (Accessed November 21, 2007)
- New York Times, April 3, 1950, page 23, column 2, "Florence Nash, 60, Stage Comedienne; Retired Actress Who Scored First Hit in 'Within the Law' in 1912 Dies in Hollywood."
- Nash, Florence. June Dusk, and Other Poems. Publisher New York: G.H. Doran Company, 1918; accessible online here (accessed November 21, 2007)