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Nancy Walker

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Nancy Walker
Birth name Anna Myrtle Smoyer
Born May 10, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died March 25, 1992 in Studio City, California, USA from lung cancer
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes



Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Nancy Walker Show Nancy Kitteridge 1976–1977 1
Blansky's Beauties Nancy Blansky 1977 1
Mama's Boy Mollie McCaskey 1988 1
True Colors Sara Bowers 1990–1992 1 2

Recurring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Rhoda Ida Morgenstern 1974-1976, 1977-1978

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ida Morgenstern 1x06 - Support Your Local Mother October 24, 1970
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ida Morgenstern 2x05 - A Girl's Best Mother Is Not Her Friend October 16, 1971
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ida Morgenstern 3x04 - Enter Rhoda's Parents October 7, 1972
The Partridge Family Mrs. Applebaum 3x14 - Aspirin at 7, Dinner at 8 January 5, 1973
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ida Morgenstern 4x03 - Rhoda's Sister Gets Married September 29, 1973
Happy Days Nancy Blansky 4x17 - The Third Anniversary Show February 5, 1977
Trapper John, M.D. Harriet Krieger 3x11 - 42 January 3, 1982
The Golden Girls Angela 2x12 - The Sisters January 3, 1987
The Golden Girls Angela 2x19 - Long Days Journey into Marinara February 21, 1987
Newhart Aunt Louise 8x09 - Attack of the Killer Aunt December 11, 1989

Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Human Feelings Mrs. G October 16, 1978 NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hollywood Squares December 16-20, 1974
The New Hollywood Squares January 4-8, 1988


Series Episode Airdate Credit
The Mary Tyler Moore Show 4x11 - Just Friends November 24, 1973
The Mary Tyler Moore Show 4x23 - Two Wrongs Don't Make a Writer February 23, 1974

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)


  • Her father, Dewey Barto was a vaudevillian and her mother, Myrtle Fleming was a dancer
  • Her younger sister, Betty Lou had a brief musical career
  • Appeared in commercials in the 1970s and 1980s for Bounty Paper Towels as Rosie the Waitress
  • Married to Joseph Garland Moore Jr. from 1948 to 1949
  • Married to David Craig from 1951 until her death in 1992; they had a daughter, Miranda (born in 1953), who died of undisclosed causes in 2000
  • Was a Democrat
  • She supported Adlai Stevenson's campaign during the 1952 presidential election
  • Was a life-long smoker
  • Appeared in only half of the second season of "True Colors" due to her declining health
  • Her ashes were scattered in the Virgin Islands