Born Anna Myrtle Swoyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Walker made her Broadway debut in 1941 in Best Foot Forward a role that would also mark her film debut in 1943.
A diminutive 4 feet and 11 inches tall, and not conventionally pretty she was difficult to cast, however she continued acting throughout the 40s and 50s and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1955.
She achieved her greatest success playing Ida Morgenstern, the mother of Rhoda in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and it's spinoff Rhoda. She was also appearing as a regular on the Rock Hudson detective series McMillan and Wife as Mildred the maid. These two roles would bring her seven Emmy Award nominations.
Her future efforts brought her no success. In 1980 she made her directorial debut directing disco group Village People in Can't Stop The Music but this film was a resounding failure.
She received one final Emmy Award nomination for a guest role in the series The Golden Girls before retiring.
She died as a result of lung cancer.
Nancy Walker Facts
|Birth Name||Anna Myrtle Swoyer|
|Birthday||May 10, 1922|
|Birthplace||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Date of death||March 25, 1992 (age 69)|
|Height||4' 11" (1m50) How tall is Nancy Walker compared to you?|