Noreen Nash

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Noreen Nash
Norabelle Jean Roth

(1924-04-04) April 4, 1924 (age 95)
OccupationFilm actress
Years active1943–1962
Spouse(s)James Whitmore (2001–2009; his death)
Dr. Lee Edward Siegel (1942–1990; his death); 2 children
ChildrenLee Siegel Jr.
Robert James Siegel

Noreen Nash (born Norabelle Jean Roth, April 4, 1924) is a retired American film and television actress.

Early years[edit]

Nash was born in Wenatchee, Washington. Her parents were Albert and Gail Roth.

Film career[edit]

Nash's career started in 1942 when she was crowned ”Apple Blossom Queen” in her home town.[1] With help from Louis Shurr, Bob Hope’s agent, she received a contract from MGM as a showgirl.[2]

A 1945 newspaper article reported Nash's being helped by actress Paulette Goddard. Goddard, the article said, was "sponsoring the career of shapely, brunette, blue-eyed and very beautiful Noreen Nash."[3] The article added that Nash's screen tests at Paramount Pictures were "arranged through the instigation of Paulette. As a result Noreen was signed to a term contract."[3]

Uncredited in her first movies, Nash eventually landed a role in the 1945 film The Southerner. She continued to appear in films and television shows throughout the late '40s and 1950s. Nash had leading roles in 1947's The Big Fix, about gamblers trying to rig a basketball game, and the crime drama Assigned to Danger.

She played a ranch owner in the Western Storm Over Wyoming (1950), and one of her most noted films was one about a ranch owner, Giant, in which she played the small role of Lona Lane.[4]


Some of the television series in which Nash appeared include Hopalong Cassidy, The Abbott and Costello Show, The Lone Ranger, Dragnet, 77 Sunset Strip and The Dick Powell Show.[5] She retired from acting in 1962.


Nash is also noted for having written the novel By Love Fulfilled in 1980.

Personal life[edit]

Nash married Dr. Lee Siegel December 12, 1942.[6][7] They had two sons, Lee Siegel Jr.[8] and Robert James Siegel.[6][9] In 2001, she married actor James Whitmore, who died in 2009.[2]

Nash is a Democrat who supported the campaign of Adlai Stevenson during the 1952 presidential election[10].


Year Title Role Notes
1943 Girl Crazy Showgirl Uncredited
1944 Meet the People Showgirl Uncredited
Maisie Goes to Reno Good-looking girl Uncredited
1945 The Southerner Becky Devers
1946 Monsieur Beaucaire Baroness Uncredited
1947 The Devil on Wheels Sue Tanner
The Big Fix Ann Taylor
The Perils of Pauline Uncredited
The Red Stallion Ellen Reynolds
1948 The Tender Years Linda
Adventures of Casanova Zanetta
Assigned to Danger Bonnie Powers
The Checkered Coat Betty Madden
1950 Storm over Wyoming Chris Marvin
Charlie's Haunt Sally
1952 Aladdin and His Lamp Passion flower
Road Agent Cora Drew
We're Not Married! Girl in Hector's daydream Uncredited
1953 Phantom from Space Barbara Randall
The Body Beautiful Laurie
1956 Giant Lona Lane
1958 The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold Mrs. Frances Henderson
1958-1959 Yancy Derringer Agatha Colton TV Series, 2 episodes
1960 Wake Me When It's Over Marge Brubaker


  1. ^ "Movies Beckon Apple Queen". Daily Capital Journal. March 17, 1943. p. 12. Retrieved October 16, 2015 – via open access
  2. ^ a b "Noreen Nash". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Goddard Protege Gets A Break". The Brownsville Herald. July 1, 1945. p. 6. Retrieved October 16, 2015 – via open access
  4. ^ "Noreen Nash Interview". Western Clippings. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Noreen Nash". American Film Institute. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Manners, Dorothy (December 15, 1970). "George C. Scott Gives Hint On Academy Award Feeling". Anderson Daily Bulletin. p. 9. Retrieved October 16, 2015 – via open access
  7. ^ "Actress Noreen Nash". The Milwaukee Sentinel. April 7, 1948. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "(Photo caption)". Southern Illinoisan. September 19, 1949. Retrieved October 16, 2015 – via open access
  9. ^ "Stork Has Banner Year in Filmland - Stingy with Twins". cdt. December 24, 1945. p. 2. Retrieved October 16, 2015 – via open access open access
  10. ^ Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers

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