Nancy Saunders

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Nancy Saunders
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Nancy Lou Sanders

(1925-06-29)June 29, 1925
DiedJune 13, 2020(2020-06-13) (aged 94)
Mission Viejo, California, U.S.
Years active1946–2011

Nancy Lou Saunders (June 29, 1925 – June 13, 2020) was an American actress of film, television and the stage.


Saunders appeared in over 20 films between 1946 and 1957. She was discovered when a talent scout was looking for attractive actresses who could ride a horse.[1]

Saunders was a contract actress first with RKO Pictures and later with Columbia Pictures.[2]

To modern viewers, Saunders is known for her roles in several Three Stooges films from the Shemp Howard era, specifically I'm a Monkey's Uncle (and its remake Stone Age Romeos) and as Lady Godiva in The Ghost Talks.[3]

Saunders entered the "Queen" competition at the 1972 All American Quarter Horse Congress.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Saunders was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles in June 1925. In December 1946, Saunders married used-car dealer Ray Russell Davioni in Las Vegas. The marriage was annulled in August 1947.[5]

She died from leukemia in Mission Viejo, California in June 2020 at the age of 94.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Nancy Saunders". Toledo Blade. June 30, 1947. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Nancy Saunders Signed". Democrat and Chronicle. New York, Rochester. May 17, 1946. p. 10. Retrieved 1 June 2019 – via
  3. ^ Nancy Saunders at
  4. ^ "Nancy Saunders is candidate". The Day. October 14, 1972. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "Marriage Annulled". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. August 14, 1947. p. 14. Retrieved 2 June 2019 – via
  6. ^ Nancy Saunders profile
  7. ^ "Nancy Saunders leads". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 26, 1947. Retrieved February 28, 2014.

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