Kelly Jean Van Dyke

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Kelly Jean Van Dyke
Born(1958-06-05)June 5, 1958
DiedNovember 17, 1991(1991-11-17) (aged 33)
Cause of deathSuicide
Other namesNancee Kelly
OccupationActress, adult film performer
Spouse(s)Jeffrey Archer (m. 1981; div. ??)
Jack Nance (m. 1991)
Parent(s)Jerry Van Dyke
Carol Van Dyke
RelativesDick Van Dyke (paternal uncle)
Barry Van Dyke (paternal cousin)
Shane Van Dyke (paternal cousin once removed)

Kelly Jean Van Dyke (June 5, 1958 – November 17, 1991) was an American actress and adult film performer.[1] She was the daughter of actor Jerry Van Dyke,[1] niece of the actor Dick Van Dyke, and first cousin once removed of Shane Van Dyke. As an actress she was known for such television programs as My Mother the Car.

Personal life[edit]

In May 1991, actor Jack Nance married Kelly, who worked in the adult film industry under the name Nancee Kelly.[1]


Kelly Van Dyke-Nance died by suicide on November 17, 1991.[2]

According to her younger brother Ronald, Jack Nance, who was in Bass Lake, California, filming Meatballs 4 at the time, attempted to console her on the phone as she talked about suicide. Unfortunately, a lightning storm knocked out the phones in Bass Lake, and subsequently took over 45 minutes for Nance and director Bobby Logan to find a deputy sheriff. The sheriff contacted Los Angeles police and Nance's apartment manager. They broke in, finding that the 33-year-old Van Dyke had hanged herself.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Smith, Kyle; Benet, Lorenzo (February 10, 1997). "A Mysterious End". People. Time Inc. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Actor Jerry Van Dyke's Daughter Found Hanged". Los Angeles Times. November 19, 1991. Archived from the original on 3 July 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  3. ^ Shahrad, Cyrus (15 July 2013). "Lost Highway: Jack Nance Remembered By David Lynch & Others". The Quietus. Retrieved 23 September 2016.

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