Mostly Credited As: Nancy Marchand
Date Of Birth: June 19, 1928 (Age 71)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York
Date Of Death: June 18, 2000
Cause Of Death: emphysema and lung cancer
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)
Nancy Marchand was born on June 19 in Buffalo, N.Y. She attended the Buffalo Studio Theater School, performed in local radio dramas, and had no career thought other than going to Carnegie Tech and then entering the theater.
After graduating from Carnegie Tech, she went to New York City, and became a volunteer actress for the American Theater Wing. The Wing's school consisted mainly of returning male GI's, therefore actresses were at a premium.
Miss Marchand got her big television break the following winter, when "Studio One" needed an actress to portray Jo in "Little Women." She continued to work extensively in live television.
She appeared in the daytime dramas "Love of Life," "The Edge of Night," "Another World,' "Lovers and Friends" and "Search for Tomorrow." She was a series regular in "Beacon Hill" on the CBS Television Network, and her other television credits include "Look Homeward, Angel," "After the Fall and "A Touch of the Poet."
In 1978 and 1980 she won Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Margaret Pynchon, the aristocratic publisher on "Lou Grant." Her motion pictures-for-television included "The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story," "Willa," "Some Kind of Miracle" and "Once Upon a Family."
During the 1980-81 season of "Lou Grant," Miss Marchand commuted from New York for the series while also starring in the Broadway hit, "Morning's at Seven." She appeared Off Broadway in "Taken in Marriage," and her other stage work included "Heartbreak House," "Children" and "What Price Glory." She has also taught poetry reading to drama students at Manhattan 's Juilliard School.
Miss Marchand was 5'8" tall, weighed 135 pounds and had light brown hair and blue eyes. She enjoyed doing needlepoint and reading. She and her husband, actor Paul Sparer, lived in New York City and had a home in Connecticut. They had three children — David, Kathryn and Rachel. The actress died on 2000.