Mostly Credited As: Nancy McCarthy
Nancy McCarthy (born Nancy Darlyne McCarthy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1937)is best known for her role as Bunny in the original TV pilot of Gilligan's Island She guest starred on several television shows during the 1960's (as listed here on TVRAGE) and also had a recurring role as Laurie on My Three Sons. In 1963 actor Bob Denver suggested her for Gilligan's Island and she was cast as Bunny in the original black and white pilot episode entitled Marooned. However the creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz after many network problems, decided to change three of the characters and recast them. McCarthy also appeared in two other pilots, one called Zelda starring Sheila James and the other called The Peter Lorre Playhouse, but the series were never produced. On stage in New York, Nancy appeared in The Big Knife which starred Carroll O'Connor and was directed by Peter Bogdanovich. She acted in several live TV plays including Moment of Fear with Robert Redford on the
Alfred Hitchcock Presents series. She played Maggie in After the Fall in Los Angeles, and acted in regional theater. McCarthy is a graduate of the Drama department at Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University. A little known fact: While a student in 1957, she auditioned for famed producer Otto Preminger for the title role of his epic movie Saint Joan. She is married and currently lives outside of California.