American actress Nanette Fabray, Died at 97

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Nanette Fabray was born Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares on October 27, 1920 and died on February 22, 2018.

She was an American actress, singer and dancer.

Nanette Fabray began her career performing in vaudeville as a child and became a musical theatre actress during the 1940s and 1950s, winning a Tony Award in 1949 for her performance in Love Life.

In the mid-1950s, she served as Sid Caesar’s comedic partner on Caesar’s Hour, for which
Nanette Fabray won three Emmy Awards, as well as co-starring with Fred Astaire in the film musical The Band Wagon.

Between 1979 to 1984, Nanette Fabray appeared as Katherine Romano on the TV series One Day at a Time.

Nanette Fabray overcame a significant hearing impairment.

He was a long-time advocate for the rights of the deaf and hard of hearing.

Nanette honors representing the handicapped include the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award.

Fabray’s first husband, David Tebet, was a vice president of NBC.

Nanette had a second husband was screenwriter Ranald MacDougall, who numbered Mildred Pierce and Cleopatra among his credits, and who, in the early 1970s, served as president of the Writers Guild of America.

The pair was married from 1957 until his death in 1973.

Together they had one child; Jamie MacDougall.

Nanette Fabray was hospitalized for almost two weeks after being knocked unconscious by a falling pipe backstage during a broadcast of Caesar’s Hour in 1955.

She Fabray was a resident of Pacific Palisades, California; and is the aunt of singer/actress Shelley Fabares. Nanette’s niece’s 1984 wedding to actor Mike Farrell was at her home.

On 2001, he Fabray wrote to advice columnist Dear Abby to decry the loud background music played on television programs.

He was associated with Ronald Reagan’s campaign for the governorship of California in 1966.

Nanette died on February 22, 2018 at her home in Palos Verdes, California, at the age of 97