Dussault, Nancy 1936–

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DUSSAULT, Nancy 1936–


Born June 30, 1936, in Pensacola, FL; daughter of George Adrian (a naval officer) and Sarah Isabel (maiden name, Seitz) Dussault; married James D. Travis, October 4, 1958 (divorced, 1982); married Valentine Meyer, c. 1984. Education: Northwestern University, Mus.B., music, 1957; studied acting with Alvina Kraus and singing with Lotte Lehmann in New York City. Avocational Interests: Needlework, cooking, reading, and music.


Office—8500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 506, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.


Singer and actress. University of California, Los Angeles, theatre instructor, 2000; soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1957.


Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, American Guild of Musical Artists, American Guild of Variety Artists; Delta Delta Delta (former vice president).

Awards, Honors:

Young Artists Award, Society of American Musicians, for performance with Chicago Symphony, 1957; Theatre World Award, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best featured actress in a musical, 1960, both for Do Re Mi; Kit Kat Club Award, best actress, for The Sound of Music; Applause Award, Northwestern University, 1963, for contribution to the arts; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a musical, 1965, for Bajour.


Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) A nurse, South Pacific, Highland Park Music Theatre, IL, 1955.

Guys and Dolls, Highland Park Music Theatre, 1955–56.

Lady in the Dark, Highland Park Music Theatre, 1955–56.

Kismet, Highland Park Music Theatre, 1955–56.

The Golden Apple, Highland Park Music Theatre, 1955–56.

Pal Joey, Highland Park Music Theatre, 1955–56.

(Off–Broadway debut) Diversions, Downtown Theatre, 1958.

Jeanne, Street Scene, City Center, New York City, 1959.

Judy, Dr. Willy Nilly, Barbizon Plaza Theatre, New York City, 1959.

Pitti–Sing, The Mikado, City Center, 1959.

Sister Mister, The Cradle Will Rock, City Center, 1960.

Bobbie, No for an Answer, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Hilaret, Lock Up Your Daughters!, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1960.

Tilda Mullen, Do Re Mi, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Maria, The Sound of Music, Lunt–Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1962, then Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, 1964, later St. Louis Municipal Opera, 1964.

Miss Agnes, Apollo and Miss Agnes, State Music Fair, Dallas, TX, 1963.

Beatrice, Beatrice and Benedict, Opera Company, Washington, DC, 1964.

What Makes Sammy Run, Valley Music Theatre, 1964.

Emily Kirsten, Bajour, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1964.

Phoebe, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, 1965.

Broadway Answers Selma, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1965.

Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel, City Center, 1966.

Sharon McLonergan, Finian's Rainbow, City Center, 1967.

Nellie Forbush, South Pacific, Dallas, TX, 1967.

ASCAP Salute, 1967.

The Magic of Cole Porter, Lincoln Center Music Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Marie, Fiorello!, command performance at the White House, Washington, DC, 1968.

The Music of Vincent Youmens, Harold Arlen, Noel Coward, Philharmonic Hall, New York City, 1968.

Title role, Peter Pan, Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT, 1968.

The Girl, On Time, Goodspeed Opera House, 1968.

After You, Mr. Hyde, Goodspeed Opera House, 1968.

Daisy, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, St. Paul Civic Light Opera Company, MN, 1968.

Nellie Forbush, South Pacific, Jones Beach Theatre, Long Island, NY, 1969.

The Music of Kurt Weil, Philharmonic Hall, 1969.

The Heyday of Rodgers and Hart, Philharmonic Hall, 1969.

A Salute of Rudolph Friml, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1969.

The First Lady, Whispers on the Wind, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1970.

Rose Trelawny, Trelawny of the Wells, New York Shakespeare Festival, The Other Stage, then Anspacher Theatre, all New York City, 1970.

Elaine, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly, MA, 1972.

A Hammerstein Salute, Philharmonic Hall, 1972.

The Revue of Revues, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1973.

Mary McLeod, Detective Story, Shubert Theatre, Philadelphia, 1973.

6 Rms Riv Vu, Playhouse–on–the–Mall, Paramus, NJ, 1973.

Nellie Forbush, South Pacific, Sacramento, CA, 1974.

A Salute to Jule Styne, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1974.

Title role, Irene, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, 1975.

Winter Interludes, Town Hall Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Side by Side by Sondheim, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Night of 100 Stars, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1982.

Night of 100 Stars II, Radio City Music Hall, 1985.

Witch, Into the Woods, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1987–89.

Mrs. Peachum, The Threepenny Opera, Geary Theater, New York City, 1999.

Major Tours:

Ann, Half a Sixpence, U.S. cities, 1967.

Daisy Gamble, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, U.S. cities, 1968.

The Gershwin Years, U.S. cities, 1973.

Film Appearances:

The In–Laws, Warner Bros., 1979.

Carol Martin, The Nurse, Live Entertainment, 1997.

Television Appearances; Series:

Carol Davis, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1971–73.

Cohost, Good Morning, America, ABC, 1975–77.

Muriel Rush, Too Close for Comfort (also known as The Ted Knight Show), ABC, 1980–83.

First Theresa Stemple, Mad about You, NBC, 1992–93.

Also appeared as host, The Shape of Things, NBC.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Clarissa Irwin, Matlock: The Power Brokers, 1987.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Nancy Clancy, The Nancy Dussault Show, CBS, 1973.

Muriel Rush, Family Business, 1983.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Polly, The Beggar's Opera, PBS, 1967.

Millie Halloway, A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer, 1968.

How to Handle a Woman, NBC, 1972.

Alan King Looks Back in Anger: A Review of 1972, ABC, 1973.

Burt and the Girls, NBC, 1973.

The Many Faces of Comedy, ABC, 1973.

The Lily Tomlin Show, CBS, 1973.

Musical Comedy Tonight II (also known as Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight II), PBS, 1981.

The Way They Were, syndicated, 1981.

The 38th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1984.

Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985.

Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood, ABC, 1987.

Judge, The 1987 Miss Universe Pageant, CBS, 1987.

Host (Los Angeles), Starathon '90, syndicated, 1990.

Host (Los Angeles), Star–athon '92: A Weekend with the Stars, syndicated, 1992.

Also appeared in Love Is.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(Television debut) The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS, 1961.

Calendar, CBS, 1962.

The Gary Moore Show, CBS, 1963.

Herself, "The Many Facets of Cole Porter," Bell Telephone Hour, NBC, 1965.

Herself, "Salute to Jerome Kern," Bell Telephone Hour, NBC, 1965.

Herself, "The Song and Dance Man," Bell Telephone Hour, NBC, 1965.

"Love and the See–Through Man," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971.

"Love and the Fractured Fibula," Love, American Style, ABC, 1973.

Herself, Match Game 73, CBS, 1973.

Panelist, The $10,000 Pyramid, ABC, 1973.

Linda, "The Courtesans," Barney Miller, ABC, 1975.

Herself, The Carol Burnett Show, 1977.

Libby Crawford, "The Lady from Laramine/Vicki Swings/Phantom Bride," The Love Boat, ABC, 1981.

"The Spoonmaker Diamond/The Role Model/Julie's Tycoon: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982.

Herself, "Ted Knight," This Is Your Life, syndicated, 1984.

Kate Dutton, "The Way to Dusty Death," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987.

Clarissa Irwin, "The Power Brokers: Parts 1 & 2," Matlock, NBC, 1987.

Gail Endicott, "Born to Run," Hotel, ABC, 1987.

Maureen Porter, "Come Fly with Me," The Oldest Rookie, CBS, 1987.

Dr. Mary Ann Steiner, "Aftershocks," Full House, 1989.

Claire Nelson, "Date Night," Walter & Emily, NBC, 1992.

Edie, "Second Time Aground," Dream On, HBO, 1996.

The mayor, "Lethal Weapon," Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, ABC, 1997.

Mrs. DeSaris, "Intentions," Family Law, CBS, 2001.

Alison Tobey, "One for the Road," Judging Amy, CBS, 2001.

Sylvia Anderman, "Meet Joe Connelly," Providence, NBC, 2001.

Mrs. Calder, "Reckoning," Alias, ABC, 2001.

Also appeared in The Tonight Show, NBC; The Mike Douglas Show, CBS; The Merv Griffin Show, syndicated; as panelist, What's My Line?, syndicated; voice, Tom and Jerry Kids Show (animated), Fox; panelist, Beat the Clock, CBS; panelist, To Tell the Truth, CBS; saleswoman, Thea, ABC.



Heart & Soul, 1998.