Nancy Walker

Actress and Musical Comedy Performer
Born May 10, 1922

Nancy Walker was an American actress and comedienne of stage, screen, and television. She was also a film and television director (most notably of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, on which she also made several acting guest appearances).

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1922 Birth Walker was born in 1922 as Anna Myrtle Swoyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the elder of two daughters of vaudevillian Dewey Barto (né Stewart Steven Swoyer; 1896–1973) and Myrtle (née Lawler; born January 6, 1898–died January 2, 1931). … Read More


1937 15 Years Old In 1937, as "Nan Barto", Walker appeared on the NBC radio programs Coast to Coast On A Bus and Our Barn.
1941 19 Years Old She made her Broadway debut in 1941 in Best Foot Forward. … Read More


1943 21 Years Old In 1943, she also appeared with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in the second film version of Girl Crazy. … Read More


1956 34 Years Old She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1956 for her work in the musical revue Phoenix '55, and again in 1960 for her performance in Do Re Mi, opposite Phil Silvers.
1957 35 Years Old Walker also starred in the short-lived Broadway musical comedy Copper and Brass in 1957, and appeared in the 1958 New York City Center production of Wonderful Town. … Read More
1960 38 Years Old In the 1960-61 television season, she appeared in two episodes of NBC's The Tab Hunter Show.


1970 48 Years Old In 1970, she secured a recurring role as Emily the housekeeper on the television series Family Affair, which starred Brian Keith. … Read More
1971 49 Years Old From 1971-76, she was a regular on the successful Rock Hudson detective series McMillan & Wife, playing the McMillans' housekeeper, Mildred. … Read More


In 1976, ABC-TV offered Walker a contract to headline her own series, The Nancy Walker Show, which was produced by Norman Lear's production company, in which she starred as Nancy Kittredge, a talent agent. … Read More
The show premiered on ABC-TV in February 1977 with Walker playing Nancy Blansky, den mother to a group of Las Vegas showgirls.
1980 58 Years Old In 1980, Walker made her feature film directorial debut, directing disco group The Village People and Olympian Bruce Jenner in the pseudo-autobiographical musical Can't Stop the Music. … Read More


1987 65 Years Old Golden Girls creator Susan Harris then cast Walker opposite Bruce Weitz in her NBC sitcom project Mama's Boy, which aired as six comedy specials during the 1987-88 season, but never reached series status.
1990 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, Walker began starring on the Fox sitcom True Colors as Sara Bower, the outspoken mother of Ellen Davis Freeman (Stephanie Faracy), who moves into Ellen's household despite having objections to her daughter's interracial marriage.
1992 70 Years Old Walker died from lung cancer in Studio City, California on March 25, 1992, aged 69. … Read More
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