Nancy Lenehan

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Nancy Lenehan
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Lenehan with Worst Week co-star Kurtwood Smith in 2008.
Born (1953-04-26) April 26, 1953 (age 66)
Years active1980–present

Nancy Lenehan (born April 26, 1953) is an American actress who has appeared in film and television since the 1980s.

Lenehan was born in Long Island, New York. She co-starred on the short-lived sitcom Worst Week. She also co-starred as Sandy Kelly, the matriarch in the sitcom Married to the Kellys, and had a recurring role on My Name Is Earl as Earl and Randy's mother, Kay Hickey.

She has appeared in featured, recurring and guest roles in many television shows and television movies, and feature films, including Malcolm in the Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond, How I Met Your Mother, Judging Amy, Gilmore Girls, Caroline in the City, Dharma & Greg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 3rd Rock from the Sun, ER, Boy Meets World, The Nanny, Quantum Leap, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, V, The Facts of Life, Hill Street Blues and Alice.[1][2]

Lenehan attended Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Smokey and the Bandit II Ramona
1986 Stoogemania Connie Smoynek
1988 She's Having a Baby Cynthia
1992 Out on a Limb Miss Clayton
1998 Pleasantville Marge Jenkins
2002 Catch Me If You Can Carol Strong
2005 Beauty Shop Mrs. Struggs
2011 The Selling Mom / Mrs. Scarry
2011 A Better Life Mrs. Donnelley
2014 Sex Tape Linda


Year Film Role Notes
1982 Hill Street Blues Katy Moore "Pestolozzi's Revenge", "Zen and the Art of Law Enforcement"
1982 Family Ties Roberta "No Nukes Is Good Nukes"
1983 Your Place... or Mine Mrs. Richmond TV film
1983 We Got It Made Paulette "Sexiest Bachelor"
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre Georgette "Beauty and the Beast"
1985 Fame Brenda Haskell "Broadway Danny Amatullo"
1985 Tall Tales & Legends Lyda "Annie Oakley"
1986 Assassin Grace Decker TV film
1986 Heart of the City Linda Kilmer "Cold Steal and Neon"
1986 It's a Living Phylis Caruso "The Reunion Show"
1987 My Sister Sam Judy "Club Dread"
1987 Baby Girl Scott Dinah TV film
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Vivian "Mickey and Nora"
1987 Mr. President Lenore "Strange Bedfellows"
1987 Beauty and the Beast Lucy "No Way Down"
1987 Student Exchange Mrs. Barton TV film
1988 Newhart Kristi Castetter "My Three Dads"
1988 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Connie "Rock 'n' Roll Mom"
1988 Beverly Hills Buntz Mrs. Fairchild "El Norte by Norte West"
1989 ALF Laverne Litwak "Baby Love"
1989 Paradise Marti Brandt "A Matter of Honor"
1989 Night Court Ms. Abrams "Yet Another Day in the Life"
1989 Sister Kate Mrs. Crenshaw "Freddy's Bad Habit"
1989 Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon Mrs. Harris TV film
1990 Murphy Brown Sydney "Subpoena Envy"
1990 Dear John Mrs. Williams "Babyface"
1990 The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story Harriet Alvena Baum Neal TV film
1990 Life in Desire Penelope Levec TV film
1991 Sisters Joy Zimmer "Devoted Husband, Loving Father"
1991 Passion Maryedith Sweetzer TV film
1991 Runaway Father Blanche TV film
1991 Nurses Cheryl Pinson "This Joint Is Jumpin'"
1991 Quantum Leap Colleen McBain "Raped"
1992 Civil Wars Paula Richardson "For Better or Perverse"
1992 Great Scott! Beverly Melrod Main role
1993 Dudley Nancy "Call Me Irresponsible"
1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Susan Thomas "Other Mothers"
1993 Bakersfield P.D. Amy Baker "Cable Does Not Pay"
1993–1998 Grace Under Fire Audrey Sheffield Recurring role
1994 Step by Step Mrs. Tubman "Prom Night"
1995 Mad About You Dr. Wallach "Purseona"
1996 The Faculty Daisy Skelnick Main role
1996 Townies Lila "It's Go Time"
1996 The Cherokee Kid Sister Faith TV film
1996–97 Ellen Margaret Reed "Give Me Equity or Give Me Death", "Splitsville, Man", "Joe's Kept Secret", "Moving On"
1997 Boy Meets World Susan Kalliback "Quiz Show"
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Mrs. St. Clair "Dickmalion"
1997 Ink Nancy Milford "Logan's Run"
1997 The Practice Nurse MacKenzie "The Blessing"
1997 George and Leo Mimi "The Baby-Care Class"
1998 Working Meredith Hirsh "Equality"
1998 The Tony Danza Show Mrs. Erlich "C'gar Face"
1998 Caroline in the City Plum "Caroline and the Office", "Caroline and the Rotten Plum"
1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Pat "Dead Man's Party"
1999 ER Edie Harvell "Nobody Doesn't Like Amanda Lee"
1999 Dharma & Greg Karen Love "Run, Dharma, Run", "See Dharma Run Amok"
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Mrs. Needles "Down and Out at Bleeker and Houston"
1999 Providence Jane "The Birthday Party"
1999 Just Shoot Me! Bunny "Jack Vents"
1999–2000 Two Guys and a Girl Dr. Peel "Teacher's Pet Peeve", "Feast or Fireman"
1999–2001 Felicity Faye Rotundi "Happy Birthday", "Your Money or Your Wife", "Fire"
2000 Yes, Dear Judy "The Good Couple"
2000 Malcolm In the Middle Christie "Therapy"
2001 FreakyLinks Dr. Gibson "Subject: Me and My Shadow"
2001 Judging Amy Mrs. Hoeller "One for the Road"
2001 Gilmore Girls LaDawn "The Road Trip to Harvard"
2001 Men, Women & Dogs Jan "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie"
2002 Ally McBeal Principal Deborah Harkness "The New Day", "Heart and Soul"
2002 Titus Faye "After Mrs. Shafter"
2002 Everybody Loves Raymond Pamela "Counseling"
2003 What I Like About You Linda "The Cheerleading Incident"
2003 That '70s Show Nina's Mom "Bring It on Home"
2003 Malcolm In the Middle Helen "Day Care"
2003–04 Married to the Kellys Sandy Kelly Main role
2005 Joan of Arcadia Erica Marx "Shadows and Light"
2005 Close to Home Patty "Divine Directions", "Romeo and Juliet Murders"
2005 Nip/Tuck Sue Alderman "Madison Berg"
2005 The Bernie Mac Show Sister Lane "Some Church Bull"
2005–2008 My Name Is Earl Kay Hickey Recurring role
2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Mrs. Jeter "The Wrap Party"
2006–2010 The New Adventures of Old Christine Principal Marcie Nunley Recurring role (seasons 2, 5)
2007 My Boys Eileen "The Estates of Hoffman"
2008 Little Britain USA Kelly Pincher "1.2", "1.3", "1.6"
2008 Family Man Wanda TV film
2008–09 Worst Week Angela Clayton Main role
2009 Accidentally on Purpose Lara "It Happened One Christmas"
2011–12 How to Be a Gentleman Diane Carlson Main role
2012 The Middle Penny "Christmas Help"
2012 Lady Friends Annie TV film
2013–14 How I Met Your Mother Cheryl "Mom and Dad", "The End of the Aisle"
2014–2017 Veep Mrs. Ryan Recurring role (seasons 3–6)
2015 The Perfect Stanleys Anita Stanley TV film
2016–17 People of Earth Margaret Flood Main role
2018 Man with a Plan Alice "Out with the In-Laws"
2018 Champions Maureen "Lumps"
2018 Forever Heather Jacoby "1.5"


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