Coleman in a publicity photo by Warner Bros.
December 30, 1912|
Everett, Washington, U.S.
|Died||January 18, 2000
Brockport, New York, U.S.
|Resting place||Lake View Cemetery|
|Alma mater||University of Washington|
|Spouse(s)||Whitney Bolton (m. 1943–69)|
|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.
Coleman was born December 30, 1912 in Everett, Washington. Her father was Charles Sumner Coleman, editor of The Herald, and her mother was "an accomplished violinist." The family lived in Everett, Washington, where she graduated with honors from Everett High School.
She attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she majored in English and was a member of the Alpha Lambda chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. 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, where she worked as an elevator operator of a department store.
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.
Coleman was married to Whitney Bolton, a publicity director. She gave birth to twin girls July 13, 1944.
|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||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|
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