Noreen Nash

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Noreen Nash
Born Norabelle Jean Roth
(1924-04-04) April 4, 1924 (age 93)
Wenatchee, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1943–1962
Spouse(s) James Whitmore (2001–2009; his death)
Dr. Lee E Siegel (1942–1990; his death); 2 children
Children Lee 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]


Year Title Role
1943 Girl Crazy Showgirl
1944 Meet the People Showgirl
Maisie Goes to Reno Good-looking girl
1945 The Southerner Becky Devers
1946 Monsieur Beaucaire Baroness
1947 The Devil on Wheels Sue Tanner
The Big Fix Ann Taylor
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 Charlie's Haunt Sally
Storm over Wyoming Chris Marvin
1952 Aladdin and His Lamp Passion flower
Road Agent Cora Drew
We're Not Married! Girl in Hector's daydream
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 Yancy Derringer Agatha Colton
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 publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "Noreen Nash". Glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Goddard Protege Gets A Break". The Brownsville Herald. July 1, 1945. p. 6. Retrieved October 16, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Noreen Nash Interview". Western Clippings. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Noreen Nash". American Film Institute. Retrieved 24 February 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 publication – free to read
  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 publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Stork Has Banner Year in Filmland - Stingy with Twins". cdt. December 24, 1945. p. 2. Retrieved October 16, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read open access publication – free to read

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