Nancy Coleman

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Nancy Coleman
Nancy Coleman Warner Bros. portrait.png
Coleman in a publicity photo by Warner Bros.
Born (1912-12-30)December 30, 1912
Everett, Washington, U.S.
Died January 18, 2000(2000-01-18) (aged 87)
Brockport, New York, U.S.
Resting place Lake View Cemetery
Alma mater University of Washington
Occupation Actress
Years active 1941–1985
Spouse(s) Whitney Bolton (m. 1943–69)[1]
Children Charla Elizabeth (b. 1944)
Grania Theresa (b. 1944)

Nancy Coleman (December 30, 1912 – January 18, 2000) was an American film, stage, television and radio actress. After working on radio and appearing on the Broadway stage, Nancy Coleman was brought to Hollywood to work for Warner Bros. studios.

Early life[edit]

Coleman was born December 30, 1912 in Everett, Washington.[2] Her father was Charles Sumner Coleman, editor of The Herald,[3] and her mother was "an accomplished violinist."[4] The family lived in Everett, Washington, where she graduated with honors from Everett High School.[3]

She attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she majored in English[5][4] and was a member of the Alpha Lambda chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta.[6] After graduating, she was accepted at Columbia University's Teacher's College in New York. She attended the university, but dropped out, relocating to San Francisco, California,[7] where she worked as an elevator operator of a department store.[8]


Coleman's Broadway credits include Liberty Jones (1941), The Sacred Flame (1952), and The Desperate Hours (1955).[9]

Memorable roles include playing the mistress to a Nazi (played by Helmut Dantine) in Edge of Darkness and co-starring with Paul Henreid in In Our Time. In the 1950s, Coleman began making guest appearances on television. She also played Anne Brontë in the film Devotion (1946) opposite Olivia de Havilland and Ida Lupino.

Personal life[edit]

Coleman was married to Whitney Bolton, a publicity director. She gave birth to twin girls July 13, 1944.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
1941 Dangerously They Live Jane
1942 Kings Row Louise Gordon
1942 The Gay Sisters Susie Gaylord
1942 Desperate Journey Kaethe Brahms
1943 Edge of Darkness Katja
1944 In Our Time Janina Orwid
1946 Devotion Anne Brontë
1946 Her Sister's Secret Antoinette 'Toni' DuBois
1947 Violence Ann Dwire, alias Ann Mason
1947 Mourning Becomes Electra Hazel Niles
1953 That Man from Tangier Mary Ellen
1969 Slaves Mrs. Stillwell


  1. ^ Riddle, Margaret (2006). "Nancy Coleman Bolton". Women's Stories, Women's Lives. Women's Legacy Project of Snohomish County, Washington. 
  2. ^ Bubbeo 2001, p. 19.
  3. ^ a b Bentley, Janet (July 1943). "She's Solid! -- Nancy Coleman". Photoplay. 23 (2): 59–60, 72. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Burroughs, Jack (September 19, 1937). "From Elevator to Mike". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. p. 73. Retrieved June 7, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Bubbeo 2001, p. 20.
  6. ^ "Notable Thetas". Kappa Alpha Theta Heritage. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ Bubbeo 2001, p. 21.
  8. ^ Bubbeo 2001, p. 22.
  9. ^ "Nancy Coleman". Playbill Vault. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Actress Nancy Coleman Gives Birth to Twins". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. United Press. July 14, 1944. p. 7. Retrieved June 7, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read


  • Bubbeo, Daniel (2001). The Women of Warner Brothers: The Lives and Careers of 15 Leading Ladies with Filmographies for Each. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-786-41137-5. 

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