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Nancy Lee Priddy
January 22, 1941
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
|Years active||1970–2002 (actress)|
1964–1968, 2007 (singer)
Nancy Lee Priddy (born January 22, 1941) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. As an actress, she has appeared on many television series, including Bewitched, The Waltons, and Matlock. She is the mother of actress Christina Applegate.
Priddy was born in South Bend, Indiana, to Katherina Iona (née Driggs) and Carl C. Priddy.
She was a member of The Bitter End Singers in 1964, a short-lived folksinging group along with Lefty Baker, Tina Bohlmann, Bob Hider, Norris O'Neill, and Vilma Vaccaro. In 1968, she released the album You've Come This Way Before, described by Billboard as "a minor classic of psychedelic folk" and by an Allmusic reviewer as "an off-the-wall singer/songwriter album drawing from both folk-rock and psychedelia". That same year she contributed backup vocals to Leonard Cohen's debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen. At one point she dated Stephen Stills and was the inspiration for his Buffalo Springfield song "Pretty Girl Why".
After years of being away from the recording studio, she returned in 2007 to record Christina's Carousel, released in early 2008.
Priddy is the mother of actress Christina Applegate, and has appeared with her in several projects, including the television series Married... with Children and the film The Sweetest Thing. Like her daughter, Priddy is a breast cancer survivor.
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- Unterberger, Richie. Nancy Priddy at AllMusic
- Richie Unterberger, Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock (Hal Leonard Corporation, 2003), ISBN 978-0879307431, pp. 120-121. Excerpts available at Google Books.
- John Einarson & Richie Furay, For What It's Worth: The Story of Buffalo Springfield (Taylor Trade Publications, 2004), ISBN 978-0815412816, p. 261. Excerpts available at Google Books.
- Sandra Barrera, "Sweetest Thing? Helping Mom." Los Angeles Daily News, May 12, 2002. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)