Nancy Marchand Biography (1928-2000)

Born June 19, 1928, in Buffalo, NY; daughter of Raymond L. (a physician) andMarjorie (a pianist; maiden name, Freeman) Marchand; married Paul Sparer (anactor, writer, and director), July 7, 1951; children: David, Kathryn, Rachel.Addresses: HOME--205 W. 89th Street, New York, NY 10025. AGENT--BiffLiff, William Morris Agency, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.

Birth Details
June 19, 1928
Buffalo, New York, United States
Death Details
June 18, 2000
Stratford, Connecticut

Famous Works

  • Credits
  • STAGE DEBUT--The Late George Apley, Ogunquit, ME, 1946.
  • Reporter, The Winslow Boy, Falmouth Theatre, Falmouth, MA, 1949.
  • Princess of France, Love's Labour's Lost, Mrs. Dudgeon, The Devil's Disciple, Tibueina, The Critic, first witch, Macbeth, and Regan, King Lear, all Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1950-52.
  • hostess of the tavern, The Taming of the Shrew, City Center Theatre, NewYork City, 1951.
  • Princess of France, Love's Labour's Lost, and Nerissa, The Merchant of Venice, both City Center Theatre, 1953.
  • Kate, The Taming of the Shrew, Nurse, Romeo and Juliet, and Amelia, Othello, all Antioch Shakespeare Festival, Antioch, OH, 1954.
  • Mrs. Grant, Teach Me How to Cry, Theatre De Lys, New York City, 1955.
  • Mrs. Mi Tzu, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1956.
  • Miriam Ackroyd, Miss Isobel, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1957.
  • Paulina, The Winter's Tale, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT,1958.
  • Lady Capulet, Romeo and Juliet, and Mistress Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, both American Shakespeare Festival, 1959.
  • Ursula, Much Ado about Nothing, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1959.
  • Madame Irma, The Balcony, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1960.
  • Jane Peyton, Laurette, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1960.
  • Lady Sneerwell, The School for Scandal, and Madame Irina Arkadina, The Seagull, both American Producing Artists (APA), Folksbiene Playhouse, New YorkCity, 1962.
  • Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, APA, Ann Arbor, MI, 1963.
  • Amalia Agazzi, Right You Are If You Think You Are, and Vasilissa KarpovnaKostilyova, The Lower Depths, both APA, Ann Arbor, 1963, then Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1964.
  • the Woman, The Tavern, APA, Phoenix Theatre, 1964.
  • prostitute, Judith, and Ann Whitefield, Man and Superman, both APA, Ann Arbor, MI, 1964, then Phoenix Theatre, 1965.
  • the Old Lady, Good Day, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1965.
  • Genevieve, Three Bags Full, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1966.
  • woman of Canterbury, Murder in the Cathedral, American Shakespeare Festival, 1966.
  • Dol Common, The Alchemist, and Dolores, Yerma, both Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1966.
  • Gertrude Forbes-Cooper, After the Rain, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1967.
  • Duenna (Sister Clare), Cyrano de Bergerac, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, thenCenter Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA, both 1968.
  • Mrs. Latham, Forty Carats, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1968.
  • Queen Elizabeth, Christmas Dinner, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1971.
  • Ceil Adams, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Morosco Theatre, 1971.
  • Queen Elizabeth, Mary Stuart, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1971.
  • Tatiana, Enemies, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1972.
  • Mrs. Gogon, The Plough and the Stars, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1973.
  • Myra Power, Patrick's Day, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1973.
  • Vera Simpson, Pal Joey, and Madame Ranevskaya, The Cherry Orchard, both Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1974.
  • Mother, Children, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1976.
  • Esther, The Song of Solomon, New Dramatists, New York City, 1976.
  • Ruth Chandler, Taken in Marriage, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1979.
  • Ida Bolton, Morning's at Seven, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1980.
  • title role, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, Westside Arts Center, New York City, 1982.
  • Agnes, A Delicate Balance, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1983.
  • Bessie Berger, Awake and Sing!, Circle in the Square, 1984.
  • Connie (Mrs. David Emerson), The Octette Bridge Club, Music Box Theatre,New York City, 1985.
  • Judith Tiverton, Oliver Oliver, Long Wharf Theatre, 1984, then ManhattanTheatre Club, City Center Theatre, 1985.
  • Stella Livingston, Light Up the Sky, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, 1987.
  • Ann, The Cocktail Hour, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, then PromenadeTheatre, New York City, both 1988.
  • Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Promenade Theatre, 1989.
  • Also appeared in Antigone, Carnegie Hall Playhouse, New York City, 1956;Tchin-Tchin, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1962; Strange Interlude, HudsonTheatre, New York City, 1963; The Sorrows of Frederick, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1967; Veronica's Room, Music Box Theatre, 1973; Awake and Sing!, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1978; as Clytemnestra, Elektra, New YorkCity, 1987; and in productions of On the Town, The Duel, Parent's Day, and Playboy of the Western World.
  • Julie, The Bachelor Party, United Artists, 1957.
  • Mrs. Andrews, Ladybug, Ladybug, United Artists, 1963.
  • Mrs. Miller, Me, Natalie, National General, 1969.
  • Nurse Oxford, Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, Paramount, 1970.
  • Mrs. Christie, The Hospital, United Artists, 1971.
  • Mrs. Burrage, The Bostonians, Almi, 1984.
  • Roberta Winnaker, From the Hip, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1987.
  • Mayor, The Naked Gun--From the Files of Police Squad!, Paramount, 1988.
  • Also appeared in Goodbye Mr. Chips, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969; The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, Warner Brothers, 1970; and Promise at Dawn (also known as La Promesse de l'aube), AVCO-Embassy, 1970.
  • Mary Lassiter, Beacon Hill, CBS, 1975.
  • Edith Cushing, Lovers and Friends, NBC, 1977.
  • Margaret Pynchon, Lou Grant, CBS, 1977-82.
  • Also Mrs. McCrea, Another World, NBC; Vinnie Phillips, Love of Life, CBS;and in Search for Tomorrow, CBS.
  • MINI-SERIES Mrs. Smith, The Adams Chronicles, PBS, 1976.
  • Claudine Roux, Spearfield's Daughter, syndicated, 1986.
  • Dorothea Dix, North and South, Book II, ABC, 1986.
  • Credits; EPISODIC
  • Jo March, "Little Women," Studio One, CBS, 1950.
  • Clara Davis, "Marty," The Goodyear Television Playhouse, NBC, 1953.
  • judge, The Edge of Night, CBS, 1970.
  • Frasier's mother, "Diane Meets Mom," Cheers, NBC, 1984.
  • Emily Garden, Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1986.
  • Also "Of Famous Memory," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1951; "The Hospital," Studio One, CBS, 1952; "The Peaceful Warrior," Kraft Television Theatre,NBC, 1952; "The Office Dance," "Career," "A Child Is Born," and "The Old Maid," all Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1954; "The Renaissance," Omnibus, CBS,1955; "The Trial of Captain Kidd," Omnibus, CBS, 1957; "Mayerling," Producer's Showcase, NBC, 1957; "Rudy," Studio One, CBS, 1957; "Material Witness," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958; "The Sleeping Beauty," Shirley Temple's Story Book, ABC, 1958; "The Miracle at Spring Hill," Armstrong Circle Theatre,CBS, 1958; "Free Weekend" and "The Hidden Image," both Playhouse 90, CBS, 1959; "The Long Echo," The Law and Mr. Jones, ABC, 1960; "The Attack," The Defenders, CBS, 1960; "What's a Nice Girl Like You ...?," N.Y.P.D., ABC, 1968; TheDuPont Show of the Week, NBC; Philco Television Playhouse, NBC; Naked City,ABC; Southern Baptist Hour, NBC; Directions '66, ABC.
  • Credits; MOVIES
  • Mrs. Stanch, Willa, CBS, 1979.
  • Ruth Nicoff, Some Kind of Miracle, CBS, 1979.
  • Mrs. Demerjian, Once upon a Family, CBS, 1980.
  • Dr. Martha Trenton, Killjoy, CBS, 1981.
  • Lucilla Drake, Agatha Christie's "Sparkling Cyanide," CBS, 1983.
  • Also The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story, NBC, 1980.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • Sister Michael, The Bells of Saint Mary's, CBS, 1959.
  • Ana, Don Juan in Hell, NET, 1965.
  • Vassilissa, The Lower Depths, NET, 1966.
  • Elizabeth the Queen, Dark Lady of the Sonnets, NET, 1966.
  • Nora Melody, "A Touch of the Poet," Great Performances, PBS, 1974.
  • Mother, After the Fall, NBC, 1974.
  • Auntie, "Valley Forge," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1975.
  • Grandpa, Will You Run with Me?, NBC, 1983.
  • Also appeared in The Catered Affair, 1954; The Indestructable Mr.
  • Gore, 1959; as Angustias, The House of Bernarda Alba, 1960; A Piece of Blue Sky, 1960; and The Statesman, 1966.

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