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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Remembering Nanette Fabray 1920 - 2018

Actress Nanette Fabray, who died Thursday at age 97, won three Emmy Awards as Sid Caesar's comedic partner on his NBC sketch comedy series, Caesar's Hour (1954-56). Other television credits include the 1961 NBC sitcom, Westinghouse Playhouse (aka The Nanette Fabray Show), two 1972 episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Mary's mother, 42 episodes of One Day at a Time (1979-84) as Grandma Romano, and three episodes of Coach (1990-94), in which she played the mother of her real-life niece, actress Shelley Fabares.

She also appeared in such films as The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), A Child Is Born (1939), The Band Wagon (1953), The Happy Ending (1969), The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970), Harper Valley PTA (1978), Amy (1981), Personal Exemptions (1989) and Teresa's Tattoo (1994).

Fabray won a 1949 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Love Life. Other Broadway credits include Meet the People (1940), Let's Face It! (1941), By Jupiter (1942), My Dear Public (1943), Jackpot (1944), Bloomer Girl (1947), High Button Shoes (1947), Arms and the Girl (1950), Make a Wish (1951), Mr. President (1962) - for which she received a Tony nomination - and No Hard Feelings (1973). And she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Nanette Fabray's life and career.

The Band Wagon (1953) with Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan

"Argument to Beethoven's Fifth" sketch on Caesar's Hour on December 27, 1954

"Shadow Waltz" sketch on Caesar's Hour on February 14, 1955

CBS's Shower of Stars with Jack Benny and Johnnie Ray on November 1, 1956

The Mystery Guest on What's My Line? on November 18, 1956, and on October 21, 1962 (with her Mr. President co-star Robert Ryan)

"The First Lady" from the 1962 original Broadway cast recording of Mr. President

The ABC detective series, Burke's Law, with Gene Barry on March 27, 1964

The Carol Burnett Show on November 6, 1967 (with Sonny & Cher) and February 19, 1968 (with Art Carney)

One Day at a Time on March 7, 1984

Lemack & Company Live (1991) with host Brad Lemack

Fabray discusses working on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in an Archive of American Television interview on August 12, 2004.

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