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November 9, 2022

40 Fabulous Photos of Nancy Kelly From Between the 1930s and ’50s

Nancy Kelly (1921–1995) was an American actress in film, theater and television. A child actress and model, she was a repertory cast member of CBS Radio’s The March of Time and appeared in several films in the late 1920s. She became a leading lady upon returning to the screen in the late 1930s, while still in her teens, and made two dozen movies between 1938 and 1946, including portraying Tyrone Power’s love interest in the classic Jesse James (1939), which also featured Henry Fonda, and playing opposite Spencer Tracy in Stanley and Livingstone later that same year.


After turning to the stage in the late 1940s, Kelly had her greatest success in a character role, the distraught mother in The Bad Seed, receiving a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the 1955 stage production and an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for the 1956 film adaptation, her last film role.

Kelly then worked regularly in television until 1963, then took over the role of Martha in the original Broadway production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for several months. She returned to television for a handful of appearances in the mid-1970s.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. She was inducted on February 8, 1960. Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of young Nancy Kelly from late 1930s to 1950s.












































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