Friday, May 18, 2012

Jeanette Nolan

Jeanette Nolan was a remarkable character actress that appeared mostly in guest starring roles in a wide variety of television shows from the 1950's through the 1980's. From The Twilight Zone to Gunsmoke and I Spy  to My Three Sons, her presence made average shows good, and good shows even better.

Her best work, however, was as part of the ensemble in the short-lived 1963 anthology program, The Richard Boone Show, where a group of actors would perform a one-hour drama each week as different characters. This really showcased her versatile talent.

From witches to feisty old ladies, and from sweet grandmothers to crazy killers, Jeanette Nolan was in a league all her own. And when watching her work, it appears that she could do no wrong.

She really had the ideal career. A career that started with Orson Welles Macbeth and ended with Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer, with over three hundred television appearances in-between. Jeanette Nolan may not be well known by the mainstream public, but her body of work is proof that she was as good as they get.

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