Nettleton, Lois 1929–

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NETTLETON, Lois 1929–

(Lydia Scott)


Full name, Lois June Nettleton; born in Oak Park, IL, August 16, 1929; daughter of Edward L. (a stationary engineer) and Virginia (maiden name, Schaffer) Nettle-ton; married Jean Shepherd (an actor, humorist, and writer), December 3, 1960 (divorced, 1967). Education: Trained for the stage at the Goodman Theatre School, Chicago, IL, and the Actors Studio, 1951.


Agent—The Artist's Group, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 2490, Los Angeles, CA 90067–4100.


Actress. Helped create a radio call–in show with husband, Jean Shepard, on WOR–AM. Sometimes credited as Lydia Scott.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Clarence Derwent Award, 1959, for God and Kate Murphy; Golden Laurel Award nomination, top ten new female movie personalities, 1963; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding single performance by a supporting actress in a comedy or drama special, 1976, for Fear on Trial; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best featured actress in a play, 1976, for They Knew What They Wanted; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest performer in a comedy series, 1987, for The Golden Girls; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1989, for In the Heat of the Night.


Stage Appearances:

(Broadway debut) Laurie Hutchins, The Biggest Thief in Town, Mansfield Theatre, 1949.

Luba, Darkness at Noon, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1951.

Understudy for the role of Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1955.

Nerissa, The Merchant of Venice, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1957.

Hero, Much Ado about Nothing, American Shakespeare Festival, 1957.

Shelagh O'Connor, God and Kate Murphy, 54th Street Theatre, New York City, 1959.

Janet, Silent Night, Lonely Night, Morosco Theatre, 1959.

Title role, Elektra, Olney Playhouse, MD, 1960.

Julia Stevens, The Wayward Stork, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Catherine, Diane, Dorothy, and Maria, The Hemingway Hero, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1967.

The Only Game in Town, Arlington Park, IL, 1972.

Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1973.

Amy, They Knew What They Wanted, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Compliments of Cole, Chicago, IL, 1978.

Dorothy Thompson, Strangers, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Irene, Light Up the Sky, Coconut Grove Playhouse, FL, 1983–84.

Gaslight, California Artists Repertory Theatre, 1997.

Princess Grace and the Fazzaris, Queens Theatre in the Park, New York City, 1998.

First Love, Queens Theatre in the Park, 1999.

How to Build a Better Tulip, Acorn Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Made stage debut as father, Hansel and Gretel, Greenbriar Community Center, Chicago; appeared in The Rainmaker.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Mr. Mason's nurse, A Face in the Crowd, 1957.

Dorothea Baitz, Period of Adjustment, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1962.

Hilda "Bergie" Bergstrom, Come Fly with Me, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1963.

Annie Boley, Mail Order Bride (also known as West of Montana), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1964.

Anna Karchev, Bamboo Saucer (also known as Collision Course), NTA, 1967.

Mary, boarding house proprietor, The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, Warner Bros., 1969.

Prudence Frost, schoolteacher, Dirty Dingus Magee, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1970.

Mildred, Pigeons (also known as The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1971.

Linda Lathrop, The Honkers, United Artists, 1972.

Miriam Rosen, The Man in the Glass Booth, American Film Theatre, 1975.

Ruth Striden, Echoes of a Summer (also known as The Last Castle), Cine Artists, 1976.

Molly, Soggy Bottom USA (also known as Swamp Rats), Gaylord Productions, 1980.

Louisa Stohler, Deadly Blessing, United Artists, 1981.

Belle Morgan, Butterfly, Analysis Films, 1982.

Dulcie Mae, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (also known as The Best Little Cathouse in Texas), MCA/Universal, 1982.

Belle Crocker, Flash III: Deadly Nightshade (also known as The Flash 3: Deadly Nightshade), 1992.

Sister Marion, Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance (also known as Raven Dance), Anchor Bay Entertainment, 1994.

Pigeon, The Feminine Touch (also known as November Conspiracy), Miracon Pictures, 1994.

Voice of Maleficent, Mickey's House of Villains (animated), 2002.

Television Appearances; Series:

(Television debut) Patsy Dennis, The Brighter Day, CBS, 1954–57.

Sue Kramer, Accidental Family, NBC, 1967.

Christina Stockwood, All That Glitters, syndicated, 1977.

Penny Vanderhof Sycamore, You Can't Take It with You, syndicated, 1987.

Joanne St. John, In the Heat of the Night, NBC, 1989–90.

Virginia Benson, General Hospital, ABC, 1996–98.

Voice of Maleficent, House of Mouse (animated), ABC, 2001.

Evelyn, a recurring role, Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Linda Martin, Washington: Behind Closed Doors, ABC, 1977.

Maude Wendell, Centennial, NBC, 1978.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Meet Me in St. Louis, 1959.

Rita Brown, Valley of Mystery (also known as Stranded), 1967.

Nancy Dennison, Any Second Now, NBC, 1969.

Sister Ellen, Weekend of Terror, ABC, 1970.

Anne Wilson, The Forgotten Man, 1971.

Janet Turner, Terror in the Sky, CBS, 1971.

Mary Justin, The Bull of the West (also known as Hot Lead and Vengeance Is the Spur), 1971.

Sandra Parker/Sally Porter, Women in Chains, ABC, 1972.

Jennifer Clifton, Last Bride of Salem, 1974.

Nan Claybourne, Fear on Trial, CBS, 1975.

Terry Carrell, Tourist, syndicated, 1980.

Claire Willis, Brass (also known as Police Brass), CBS, 1985.

Dee Pogue, Manhunt for Claude Dallas, CBS, 1986.

Katherin, The Making of a Hollywood Madam (also known as The Good Doctor: The Paul Fleiss Story), CBS, 1996.

Also appeared in Hidden River; The Light That Failed.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Evelyn, Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Susan B. Anthony, The American Women: Portraits of Courage, 1976.

Leonie, End of Summer, PBS, 1977.

Joanna, Traveler's Rest, Showtime, 1996.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Flowers from a Stranger," Studio One, CBS, 1949.

Bertha Randall, "An Incident of Love," Studio One, CBS, 1956.

"The Day of the Hunter," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1956.

"Accused of Murder," Armstrong Circle Theatre, CBS, 1958.

Beth, "Presumption of Innocence," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958.

"Now Will You Try for Murder?," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958.

"The Complex Mummy Complex," Armstrong Circle Theatre, CBS, 1958.

Emily Dickinson, "Emily Dickinson: Portrait of a Poet," Camera Three, CBS, 1958.

Lois, "Deadly Corridor," Decoy, 1958.

Lois Bergen, "Ladies Man," Decoy, 1958.

"One of Our Own," Brenner, CBS, 1959.

Jan Livingston, "Seed of Guilt," The United States Steel Hour, CBS, 1959.

Sue Richards, True Story, 1959.

Abigail Sarclet, "Duet for Two Hands," The Play of the Week, 1960.

Mary, "Emmanuel," The Play of the Week, 1960.

Laura/Anne Catherick, "The Woman in White," Dow Hour of Great Mysteries, 1960.

Merissa, "Debt of Honor," Naked City, ABC, 1960.

"Mr. Arcularis," Great Ghost Tales, 1961.

Fran Burney, "To Dream without Sleep," Naked City, ABC, 1961.

Susan, "The Opponent," Route 66, CBS, 1961.

Norma, "The Midnight Sun," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1961.

"Show Me the Way to Go Home," Naked City, ABC, 1961.

Jahaia West, "Some of the People, Some of the Time," Route 66, CBS, 1961.

Nina Sharkey, "Nina's Revenge," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1961.

Sara, "A Run for the Money," Naked City, ABC, 1962.

Jennifer Graham, "The Shadowed Affair," The DuPont Show of the Week, NBC, 1962.

Diane, "Suppose I Said I Was the Queen of Spain," Route 66, CBS, 1963.

Dianne Castillejo, "The Dark Pool," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1963.

Ruth, "Oh, You Shouldn't Have Done That," The Eleventh Hour, NBC, 1963.

Molly Kane, "The Guilt of Molly Kane," The Nurses, CBS, 1963.

Anne "Annie Bonnany" Severson, "No Hiding Place," East Side/West Side, CBS, 1963.

Hildy Pochek, "Speak Not in Angry Whispers," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1964.

Lucey Russell, "Man on a String," The Fugitive, ABC, 1964.

Ella Johnson, "A Messenger to Everyone," The Nurses, CBS, 1964.

Lisa Dowling, R.N., "My Name Is Lisa, and I Am Lost," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1965.

Jean Corcoran, "Where Is There to Go But Up, Billie," Mr. Novak, NBC, 1965.

Susan Nesbitt, "Show Me a Hero, I'll Show You a Bum," Twelve O'Clock High, ABC, 1965.

Mary Justin, "Nobility of Kings," The Virginian, NBC, 1965.

Susan Cartwright, "In a Plain Paper Wrapper," The Fugitive, ABC, 1966.

Marcia Stone, "Death Is the Door Prize," The Fugitive, ABC, 1966.

Elizabeth Ann Clauson, "The Pursued: Parts 1 & 2," Bonanza, NBC, 1966.

Catherine Fossburg, "Vendetta," The F.B.I., ABC, 1966.

Amy Todd, "The Returning," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1967.

Ruth Prochek, "The Taker," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1968.

Suzanne Mayo, "The Wind of Outrage," The Virginian, NBC, 1968.

Sulie, "The Bait," Daniel Boone, NBC, 1968.

April Endby, "Periwinkle Blue," The Outsider, NBC, 1969.

Barbara Timmons, "All the World and God," Then Came Bronson, NBC, 1969.

Laura, "And Those Unborn," The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, NBC, 1969.

Marian Palmer, "Scream of Silence," Medical Center, CBS, 1970.

Elizabeth Colling, "The Innocents," The F.B.I., ABC, 1970.

Laura Garver, "All the Old Familiar Faces," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1970.

Jennifer Wilson, The Man and the City, ABC, 1971.

Moira, "I'll Never Leave You—Ever," Night Gallery, NBC, 1972.

Linda Dean, "The Shadow Man," Cannon, CBS, 1972.

Amy Todd, "No Way Out," Medical Center, CBS, 1972.

Barbara Coleman, "What Do You Do When the Boss Says 'I Love You'," Mary Tyler Moore, CBS, 1973.

Dr. Annie Claymore, "Impasse," Medical Center, CBS, 1973.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1974.

"Lifetime," Movin' On, NBC, 1974.

"Child of Silence," Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1974.

Ellen Blazeford, "Death on Deposit," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1974.

Katie Height, "The Hostile Heart," Medical Center, CBS, 1974.

Delonia Cartell, "Barbary House," Kung Fu, ABC, 1975.

Delonia Cartell, "Flight to Orion," Kung Fu, ABC, 1975.

Gloria, "A Night of Terror," Petrocelli, NBC, 1975.

Chelsea Merriman, "Sing a Song of Suspense," Hawaii Five–O, CBS, 1975.

Major Annie Malone, "Major Annie, M.D.," Medical Center, CBS, 1976.

Carolyn Blake, "Interlude," The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1977.

Susan Stoddard, "Celebration/Captain Papa/Honeymoon Pressure," The Love Boat, ABC, 1980.

"So Little Time," Insight, 1982.

Janet Weems, "Three on a Mismatch," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1982.

Amelia, "Lovers and Other Killers," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1984.

Helen Sanderson, "From the Heart," Finder of Lost Loves, ABC, 1985.

Cheryl Pomeroy, "Lost and Found," Hotel, ABC, 1985.

Radio voice, "Ready or Not," The Facts of Life, NBC, 1986.

Jean, "Isn't It Romantic?," The Golden Girls, NBC, 1986.

Faith Dewey, "Divine Couriers," Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1987.

Noreen Strickle, "Ex Marks the Spot," The Facts of Life, NBC, 1987.

Deidre French, "Mourning among the Wisterias," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1988.

Barbara Collins, "Black Widow," Mr. Belvedere, ABC, 1988.

Belle Crocker, "Ghost in the Machine," The Flash, CBS, 1990.

Mrs. Donaldson, "The Wedding: Parts 1 & 2," Full House, ABC, 1991.

Ginny Blanchard, "Terminal Connection," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1991.

Mrs. Enright, "The Gymnast," Seinfeld, NBC, 1994.

Daggair, "Soul Mates," Babylon 5, syndicated, 1994.

Mrs. Adams, "Last Tango," The Cosby Mysteries, NBC, 1995.

Sarah McCormick, "Til Death Do Us Part," University Hospital, syndicated, 1995.

Voice of Nora, "Day of the Chameleon," Spider–Man (animated), Fox, 1995.

Lois, "Fool for Lunch," Coach, ABC, 1995.

Frances Sandreen, "Bad Blades," Baywatch Nights, syndicated, 1995.

Voice of Nora, "Partners in Danger, Chapter 2: The Cat," Spider–Man (animated), Fox, 1997.

Gloria, "Risque Business," The Pretender, NBC, 1999.

Also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS; "A Minor Miracle," Glitter, ABC; "A Gun for Mandy," Insight.