Nancy Giles

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Nancy Giles
Nancy Giles on BTVR.jpg
Nancy Giles interviewed by Behind the Velvet Rope TV in 2015
Born (1960-07-17) July 17, 1960 (age 60)
Alma materOberlin College
OccupationCommentator, actress
Years active1986–present

Nancy Giles (born July 17, 1960) is an American actress and commentator,[1] perhaps best known for her appearances in the series China Beach and on CBS News Sunday Morning.

Early life[edit]

Nancy Giles was born in New York City, the daughter of Dorothy Aileen (née Dove) and Thomas Jefferson Giles.[2] She is a graduate of Oberlin College.[3]


Giles was a member of the Second City Touring Company in 1984. She is a writer and contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning. She was the announcer and co-host of Fox After Breakfast.[4]

She starred in two ABC television series, playing girl Private Frankie Bunsen for three seasons on China Beach and hostile waitress Connie Morris on the sitcom Delta. She had guest roles on shows including The Jury, L.A. Law, Spin City, Law & Order, Dream On, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She appeared in the 1985 Broadway production of the musical Mayor.[5]

Giles and her CBS colleague, correspondent Erin Moriarty, have collaborated on two public-affairs radio series under the Giles and Moriarty banner, one for WPHT in Philadelphia and another for Greenstone Media. Both shows were produced at the facilities of the CBS Radio Network.

Giles gave the commencement address for the Ramapo College's graduating class of 2007 and Grinnell College's graduating class of 2014.[6]

In 2017 Giles along with CBS News colleague Nancy Wyatt launch the popular podcast The Giles Files.

Personal life[edit]

As of March 2020, Giles lives in Weehawken, New Jersey. During the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, she self-isolated to avoid infection, and produced in "A brisk walk with Nancy Giles", which documented her walk around the town, in particular up the inclined block on which Weehawken High School is located, and up Boulevard East, across from which the view of the Manhattan skyline prompted her to reflect on her parents' emigration to the area 70 years earlier.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Off Beat Celestine
1988 Working Girl Petty Marsh Secretary
1997 States of Control Volker
2007 Joshua Betsy Polschek


Year Title Role Notes
1988–1991 China Beach Private Franklin "Frankie" Bunsen 53 episodes
1992–1993 Delta Connie Morris 17 episodes
2000 PB&J Otter Anna "Aunt Nanner" Otter (voice) 2 episodes
2003 Hey Joel Z (voice) 4 episodes
2004 The Wrong Coast Various Celebrity Voices Unknown episodes
2004 Law & Order TV Reporter Episode: "Gov Love"


Year Title Role
2000 Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles Adi Gallia
2001 Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory Robot
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Pedestrian


  1. ^ Chow, Kat (March 18, 2015). "Starbucks Campaign Already Inspiring Awkward Conversations About Race". NPR.
  2. ^ "Nancy Giles Biography (1960-)". Film Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Holmes, Meredith (Spring 2010). "Nancy Giles: Sunday Morning Sage". Oberlin Alumni Magazine. Oberlin College.
  4. ^ "Nancy Giles". CBS News. June 6, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Nancy Giles". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  6. ^ "Nancy Giles, Doctor of Humane Letters | Grinnell College". Grinnell College. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  7. ^ Giles, Nancy (March 28, 2020). "A brisk walk with Nancy Giles". CBS News. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved March 29, 2020.

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