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Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(June 19, 1928 – June 18, 2000) was an American actress. She began her career in theatre in 1951. She was perhaps most famous for her television portrayals of Margaret Pynchon on Lou Grant and Livia Soprano on The Sopranos.


1 Early years 2 Career 3 Death 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early years[edit] Marchand was born in Buffalo, New York, to Raymond L. Marchand, a physician, and his wife, Marjorie Freeman, a pianist. She was raised Methodist.[1] She graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1949.[2] Career[edit] A talented member of the Actors Studio,[3] Marchand made her Broadway debut in The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
in 1951. Additional theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice, Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Forty Carats, And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little, The Plough and the Stars, The Glass Menagerie, Morning's at Seven, Awake and Sing!, The Octette Bridge Club, Love Letters, Man and Superman, The Importance of Being Earnest, The School for Scandal, The Balcony, for which she won a Distinguished Performance Obie Award, and Black Comedy/White Lies, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. She was nominated four times for the Drama Desk Award, winning handily for Morning's at Seven. She won a second Obie for her performance in A. R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour. On daytime television, Marchand created the roles of Vinnie Phillips on the CBS
soap opera, Love of Life
Love of Life
and Theresa Lamonte on the NBC soap, Another World. She also memorably starred as matriarch Edith Cushing on Lovers and Friends, a short-lived soap opera. On prime time television, Marchand was renowned for her roles as patrician newspaper publisher Margaret Pynchon on Lou Grant—winning four Emmy Awards as Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series for her performance—and matriarch Livia Soprano, mother of Tony Soprano, on the HBO
series The Sopranos, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She appeared in many anthology series in the early days of television, including The Philco Television Playhouse (on which she starred in Marty opposite Rod Steiger), Kraft Television Theatre, Studio One, and Playhouse 90. Additional television credits include The Law and Mr. Jones, Spenser: For Hire, Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, Coach, and Night Court. She played Hester Crane, mother of Frasier Crane, on an episode of Cheers. Marchand's feature film credits include Ladybug Ladybug, Me, Natalie, Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, The Hospital, The Bostonians, Jefferson in Paris, The Bachelor Party (1957), Brain Donors, Reckless, The Naked Gun, Sabrina, Dear God, and From the Hip (1986). Death[edit] Marchand suffered from both lung cancer and emphysema and died on June 18, 2000 in Stratford, Connecticut, just one day before her 72nd birthday. Her character's death was written into the third season story line of The Sopranos. Her husband of 48 years, actor Paul Sparer had died the previous year, also from cancer.[citation needed] The couple had three children: Katie, an actress, David (Rosebud), a lawyer, and Rachel Sparer Bersier, an opera singer.[citation needed] Marchand was posthumously inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.[4] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1957 The Bachelor Party Mrs. Julie Samson

1963 Ladybug Ladybug Mrs. Andrews

1969 Me, Natalie Mrs. Miller

1970 Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon Nurse Oxford

1971 The Hospital Mrs. Christie

1984 The Bostonians Mrs. Burrage

1987 From the Hip Roberta Winnaker

1988 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Mayor Barkley

1991 Regarding Henry Headmistress Uncredited

1992 Brain Donors Lillian Oglethorpe

1995 Jefferson in Paris Madame Abbesse

1995 Reckless Grandmother

1995 Sabrina Maude Larrabee

1996 Dear God Judge Kits Van Heynigan


Year Title Role Notes

1950 Studio One in Hollywood Jo March 2 episodes

1951 Lux Video Theatre Joan Episode: "Forever Walk Free"

1951–1958 Kraft Theatre Abby 9 episodes

1953 Studio One in Hollywood Miss Marmon Episode: "The Hospital"

1953 The Philco Television Playhouse Clara Episode: "Marty"

1953 Lux Video Theater Phyllis Episode: "Two for Tea"

1954 Ponds Theater Charlotte 4 episodes

1957 Studio One in Hollywood Eleanor Episode: "Rudy"

1957 The United States Steel Hour Gen Arnold Episode: "Windfall"

1957 Shirley Temple's Storybook Queen Episode: "The Sleeping Beauty"

1958 Playhouse 90 Sylvia Sands Episode: "Free Weekend"

1959 Armstrong Circle Theatre Mrs. Howard Jones Episode: "Miracle at Spring Hill"

1959 Playhouse 90 Mrs. Yarbrough Episode: "The Hidden Image"

1959 Sunday Showcase Mrs. Clegg Episode: "The Indestructible Mr. Gore"

1959 R.C.M.P. Gerta Boyd Episode: "Little Girl Lost"

1959 The Bells of St. Mary's Sister Michael Television movie

1960 Play of the Week Margaret 2 episodes

1960 The Law and Mr. Jones Dorothy Episode: "The Long Echo"

1961 The Defenders Mrs. Crile Episode: "The Attack"

1962 Naked City Esther Lindall Episode: "The Multiplicity of Herbert Konish"

1964 The Defenders Rhoda Banter Episode: "Hollow Triumph"

1972 Look Homeward, Angel Madame Elizabeth Television movie

1977–1982 Lou Grant Margaret Pynchon 99 episodes

1977 Soldier's Home Mrs. Krebs Television movie

1983 Sparkling Cyanide Lucilla Drake Television movie

1984 Cheers Dr. Hester Crane Episode: "Diane Meets Mom"

1986 Spenser: For Hire Emily Garden Episode: "In a Safe Place"

1986 North and South, Book II Dorothea Dix 6 episodes

1990–1992 Coach Marlene Watkins 2 episodes

1992 Law & Order Mrs. Barbara Ryder Episode: "Blood Is Thicker"

1992 Night Court Louise Cahill 2 episodes

1993 Crossroads Aunt Dorothy Episode: "The Nickel Curve"

1994 Homicide: Life on the Street Lorraine Freeman Episode: "All Through the House"

1999–2001 The Sopranos Livia Soprano 21 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Series Result

1978 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Lou Grant Won

1979 Nominated

1980 Won

1981 Won

1982 Won

1999 The Sopranos Nominated

1999 Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated

2000 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Won

Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won

2001 Nominated


^ "Nancy Marchand". FilmReference. 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2010.  ^ Alumni ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 279. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.  ^ "Theater family comes together to celebrate Hall of Fame honorees". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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Awards for Nancy Marchand

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Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Barbara Hale
Barbara Hale
(1959) Pamela Brown (1962) Glenda Farrell
Glenda Farrell
(1963) Ruth White (1964) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
(1966) Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehead
(1967) Barbara Anderson (1968) Susan Saint James
Susan Saint James
(1969) Gail Fisher
Gail Fisher
(1970) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1971) Jenny Agutter (1972) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1973) Joanna Miles
Joanna Miles
(1974) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1975) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1976) Kristy McNichol
Kristy McNichol
(1977) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1978) Kristy McNichol
Kristy McNichol
(1979) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1980) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1981) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1982) Doris Roberts
Doris Roberts
(1983) Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard
(1984) Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas
(1985) Bonnie Bartlett
Bonnie Bartlett
(1986) Bonnie Bartlett
Bonnie Bartlett
(1987) Patricia Wettig
Patricia Wettig
(1988) Melanie Mayron (1989) Marg Helgenberger
Marg Helgenberger
(1990) Madge Sinclair
Madge Sinclair
(1991) Valerie Mahaffey
Valerie Mahaffey
(1992) Mary Alice
Mary Alice
(1993) Leigh Taylor-Young
Leigh Taylor-Young
(1994) Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies
(1995) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(1996) Kim Delaney
Kim Delaney
(1997) Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim
(1998) Holland Taylor
Holland Taylor
(1999) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2000) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2001) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(2002) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(2003) Drea de Matteo
Drea de Matteo
(2004) Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
(2005) Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
(2006) Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl
(2007) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(2008) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2009) Archie Panjabi
Archie Panjabi
(2010) Margo Martindale
Margo Martindale
(2011) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2012) Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn
(2013) Anna Gunn
Anna Gunn
(2014) Uzo Aduba
Uzo Aduba
(2015) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2016) Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd

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Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Gail Fisher
Gail Fisher
(1970) Sue Ane Langdon
Sue Ane Langdon
(1971) Ruth Buzzi
Ruth Buzzi
(1972) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1973) Betty Garrett
Betty Garrett
(1974) Hermione Baddeley
Hermione Baddeley
(1975) Josette Banzet (1976) Polly Holliday
Polly Holliday
(1978) Polly Holliday
Polly Holliday
(1979) Valerie Bertinelli/ Diane Ladd
Diane Ladd
(1980) Valerie Bertinelli
Valerie Bertinelli
(1981) Shelley Long
Shelley Long
(1982) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1983) Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway
(1984) Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
(1985) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1986) Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
(1987) Katherine Helmond
Katherine Helmond
(1988) Amy Madigan
Amy Madigan
(1989) Piper Laurie
Piper Laurie
(1990) Amanda Donohoe (1991) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1992) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(1993) Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
(1994) Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1995) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1996) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1997) Faye Dunaway/ Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim
(1998) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1999) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2000) Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
(2001) Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall
(2002) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2003) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(2004) Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh
(2005) Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
(2006) Samantha Morton
Samantha Morton
(2007) Laura Dern
Laura Dern
(2008) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(2009) Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
(2010) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2011) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2012) Jacqueline Bisset
Jacqueline Bisset
(2013) Joanne Froggatt
Joanne Froggatt
(2014) Maura Tierney
Maura Tierney
(2015) Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman
(2016) Laura Dern
Laura Dern

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Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

1994: NYPD Blue, season 1/season 2

Clapp Franz Lawrence McDaniel O'Grady Smits Turturro

1995: ER, season 1/season 2

Clooney Edwards La Salle Margulies Reuben Stringfield Wyle

1996: ER, season 2/season 3

Clooney Edwards Innes La Salle Margulies Reuben Stringfield Wyle

1997: ER, season 3/season 4

Bello Clooney Edwards Innes Kingston La Salle Margulies Reuben Wyle

1998: ER, season 4/season 5

Clooney Edwards Innes Kingston La Salle Margulies Martin McCrane Reuben Wyle

1999: The Sopranos, season 1

Bracco Chianese Falco Gandolfini Iler Imperioli Marchand Pastore Sigler Sirico Van Zandt

Complete list (1994–1999) (2000–2009) (2010–present)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 12505559 LCCN: n85322439 ISNI: 0000 0000 2819 6157 GND: 173877753 BNF: cb140322200 (da