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Biography

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
She cast such a sunny, positive glow in 1950s and 1960s films that you wonder how her promising career might have turned out had it not taken a sudden family detour. Lovely Milwaukee-born Nancy (Ann) Olson was the daughter of Henry, a physician, and Evelyn Olson, and educated at the University of Wisconsin. Discovered on stage after transferring to California's UCLA, the pretty, peaches-and-cream blonde was quickly signed by Paramount Studios in 1948 and almost immediately handed co-starring parts after an uncredited bit part in Portrait of Jennie (1948). Read more...

Actor

Character: Betty Schaefer

Sunset Blvd. 1950

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Character: Nancy Vallon

Big Jim McLain 1952

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Character: Katie Brannigan

The Boy from Oklahoma 1954

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Character: Mrs. Pat Rogers

Battle Cry 1955

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Character: Nancy Furman

Pollyanna 1960

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Character: Norah Smith

Smith! 1969

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Character: Bianca Cummings

Dumbbells 2014

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Character: Ford Secretary

Flubber 1997

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Character: Peggy Day

Producers' Showcase 1954

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Character: Betsy Carlisle

The Absent-Minded Professor 1961

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Character: Joyce Richmond

The United States Steel Hour 1953

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Character: Kitty O'Dare

The Ford Television Theatre 1952

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Character: Dallas O'Mara

So Big 1953

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Character: Peggy Thomas

Startime 1959

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Character: Amber Baring

Alcoa Premiere 1961

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Character: Elizabeth 'Betsy' Brainard

Son of Flubber 1963

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