NANETTE FABRAY BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Nanette Fabray was born on October 27th, 1920 in San Diego, California with the birth name Nanette Ruby Bernadette Fabares, born to parents Raul Bernard and Lily Agnes McGovern. Her career in entertainment began when she was just a young girl performing taking dance lessons and in vaudeville. Her stage debut was in "The Million Dollar Theater" as Miss New Years Eve 1923 when she was only three years old.
At the age of nine her parents were divorced, however due to financial hardships they remained living together in the same house. As a teenager, Nanette had the opportunity to receive a scholarship and study at the Max Reinhardt School of Theatre and graduated from Hollywood High School.
When she turned nineteen she began working in the film industry with her film debut in, "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" (1939) and was given a couple other small roles before turning to perform on stage in musicals during the 1940's and 1950's.
Some of her earlier stage roles were in such productions as, "Meet the People" (1940), "Let's Face It" (1941), "By Jupiter" (1943), "Bloomer Girl" (1945) and "Love Life" (1949) for which she won a Tony Award for her performance. She was once billed as 'Baby Nanette' and was known for working with some of the top names in Los Angeles such as, Ben Turpin.
Her career as a film actress never reached the level or popularity of her stage career but she was able to make a living working in entertainment. Some of her better known big screen roles were in such films as, "A Child is Born" (1939), "The Band Wagon" (1953), "Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County" (1970) and on the television movie, "Magic Carpet" (1972).
Nanette did build a slightly better career as a television actress working on such series as, "Caesar's Hour" (1954) which earned her two Emmy Awards and "Westinghouse Playhouse" (1961), which was her own short lived sitcom. She also made a number of guest appearances on, "One Day at a Time" (1975), "The Hollywood Squares" (1965), "The New High Rollers" (1974), and "The Match Game" (1962).
Nanette never neglected her true love of live performing and she returned to Broadway musicals in such productions as, "Mr. President", "Plaza Suite", "Wonderful Town" and "Never Too Late".
Along with a successful stage career and a decent resume as a film and television actress, Nanette had to overcome a significant hearing impairment to pursue a career in entertainment, therefore, she made it a priority to be an advocate for the rights of the deaf and hard of hearing and is admired by many for her humanitarian efforts.
Fabray has married twice, first to David Tebet in 1947 through 1951 and never having any children together. Her second marriage was to, writer and producer, Ranald MacDougall whom she wed in 1957 and together they had one child before he passed away on December 12th, 1973.
She has not remarried and her last known work was in 2007 in, "The Damsel Dialogues" a stage production in Sherman Oaks, California. She currently resides in Pacific Palisades, California and has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the industry.
1994 Teresa's Tattoo
1993 The Golden Palace
1993 Rose and Fern
1991 Murder, She Wrote
1991 From the Horse's Mouth
1989 The Munsters Today
1989 Computer Mating
1987 Personal Exemptions
1979 The Man in the Santa Claus Suit
1979-1984 One Day at a Time
1978-1981 The Love Boat
1978 Harper Valley P.T.A.
1974 Happy Anniversary and Goodbye
1970-1973 Love, American Style
1972 The Couple Takes a Wife
1972 Mary Tyler Moore
1972 You've Got a Friend
1972 Just Around the Corner
1972 Magic Carpet
1970 I Don't Want to Get Married!
1970 George M!
1970 Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County
1969 The Happy Ending
1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
1967 The Petit Prix Affair
1966 Fame Is the Name of the Game
1966 Alice Through the Looking Glass
1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1965 In Any Language
1964 Burke's Law
1961 Westinghouse Playhouse
1960 So Help Me, Aphrodite
1960 The Subterraneans
1958 Shower of Stars
1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour
1957 The Alcoa Hour
1956 Playhouse 90
1956 Saturday Spectacular: High Button Shoes
1954 Caesar's Hour
1953 The Band Wagon
1953 Lily Marton
1952 The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima
1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre
1949 Londonderry Air
1939 A Child Is Born
1939 The Monroe Doctrine
1939 Essex and Elizabeth
1924 Cradle Robbers