Kathleen Nolan

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Kathleen Nolan
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Kathleen Nolan in 2007
President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
Preceded by Dennis Weaver
Succeeded by William Schallert
Personal details
Born Jocelyn Schrum
(1933-09-27) September 27, 1933 (age 81)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Spouse(s) Richard Steven Heckenkamp (1962-1965; divorced)
Children Spencer Garrett
Occupation Actress

Kathleen Nolan (born September 27, 1933) is an American actress. From 1957 to 1962, she played the role of Kate McCoy, a housewife in the Walter Brennan series The Real McCoys.

Life and career[edit]

Born as Jocelyn Schrum in St. Louis, Missouri, Nolan achieved fame as the first female President of the Screen Actors Guild (1975–79, two terms). She is a life member of the Actors Studio[1] and a recipient of the Women in Film Crystal Award.


She played Wendy in the original Broadway production of Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard,[2] and in the first two live telecasts (1955 and 1956) of the musical, but she spent most of her career on television. She had a regular role as the teenaged cousin Liz in the 1953-1954 ABC sitcom Jamie, starring Brandon deWilde in the title role.[3]

Nolan made other appearances over the years on such series as Gunsmoke, The Lloyd Bridges Show, The Untouchables, Breaking Point, Crossing Jordan, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, All My Children, Murder, She Wrote (1991) episode "The Prodigal Father", Magnum, P.I. (1981) episode "The Ugliest Dog in Hawaii", The Incredible Hulk, Quincy M.E., The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files, The Bionic Woman, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Love, American Style, Bewitched, The Big Valley, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Burke's Law, Meet McGraw, and Ben Casey.[3]

Nolan appeared with fellow guest star Michael Landon in the 1958 episode "Rose of the Rio Bravo" on the ABC western series Tombstone Territory, starring Pat Conway and Richard Eastham. She also appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood. She played Kate McCoy on The Real McCoys, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award, and in the military sitcom Broadside (both on ABC). In the last season of The Real McCoys (1962–63), Nolan left the series. It was switched from ABC to CBS and moved from Thursday to Sunday evenings opposite Bonanza on NBC. In the revised format, her character of Kate was said to have died.[3]


In 1980, Nolan was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.[4]


  1. ^ David Garfield (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of the Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of the Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co, Inc. p. 279. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  2. ^ Kathleen Nolan at the Internet Broadway Database
  3. ^ a b c Kathleen Nolan at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Past Recipients". Wif.org. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 

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