Freedman, Nancy (1920–)

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Freedman, Nancy (1920–)

American novelist. Name variations: Nancy Mars Freedman; Nancy Mars. Born Lois-Nancy Mars, July 4, 1920, in Evanston, Illinois; dau. of Dr. Hartely Farnum Mars (Chicago surgeon) and Brillie Jellet (Hentermeister) Mars; attended Los Angeles City College; studied art at University of Southern California m. Benedict Freedman (writer), 1941; children: 4.

Began career as an actress as Nancy Mars, touring with Max Reinhardt productions and appearing on radio; wrote several novels with husband Benedict Freedman, including Back to the Sea (1942), the bestselling Mrs. Mike, which was based on a true story (1947), Lootville (1957), The Apprentice Bastard (1966), Prima Donna (1981), The Search for Joyful (2002) and the science-fiction novel Joshua Son of None (1974).