Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan

Sep. 27th, 1933
Born in
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Kathleen Nolan's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Real McCoys TV Show
The Real McCoys
Jamie TV Show
Broadside TV Show
Producers' Showcase TV Show
Producers' Showcase

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Born as Jocelyn Schrum in St. Louis, Missouri, she achieved fame as the first female President of the Screen Actors Guild (1975 – 1979, two terms). She won a Women in Film Crystal Award.

She played Wendy in the original Broadway production of Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, and in the first two live telecasts (1955 and 1956) of the musical, but spent most of her career on television. She has appeared on such television shows as Gunsmoke, The Lloyd Bridges Show, Breaking Point, Crossing Jordan, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, All My Children, Murder, She Wrote, Magnum, P.I., The Incredible Hulk, Quincy M.E., The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files, The Bionic Woman, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Love, American Style, Bewitched, The Big Valley, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Burke's Law, Meet McGraw, and Ben Casey. She appeared with fellow guest star Michael Landon in the 1958 episode "Rose of the Rio Bravo" on the ABC western series Tombstone Territory, starring Pat Conway and Richard Eastham. She also appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood.

Her most memorable roles were as Kate McCoy, wife of Luke McCoy, in Walter Brennan's The Real McCoys, for which she was nominated for an Emmy award, and in the military sitcom Broadside (television series), both on ABC. In the last season, 1962-1963, Nolan left The Real McCoys, which was renamed The McCoys, switched from ABC to CBS, and moved from Thursday to Sunday evenings opposite Bonanza on NBC. In the revised format, her character of Kate was said to have died. (Luke then began courting the widow Louise Howard, played by Janet De Gore.)

  • 1958 Deb Star.
  • (1975-1979) President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
  • Mother of Spencer Garrett Heckenkamp, born September 19, 1963.
  • In 1975 Kathy Nolan was the first woman ever elected as President of the Screen Actor's Guild.

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