Nanette Fabray with Sid Caesar, left, Carl Reiner, top, and Howard Morris on “Caesar’s Hour” in 1955.
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Fabray graduated from Hollywood High School in 1939.
Fabray with, from left, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris as commuters in a sketch on the 1950s TV show "Caesar’s Hour".
Nanette Fabray and Robert Ryan in Irving Berlin’s last musical "Mr. President", which ran on Broadway in the 1962-1963 season.
Fabray with Fred Astaire, left and Jack Buchanan performing "Triplets" in the 1953 movie "The Band Wagon".
Nanette Fabray, shown here backstage in 1998 with Times Columnist Philip Potempa after a performance of "On Golden Pond" at Theatre at the Center in Munster, Ind.
Fabray and Phil Silvers with their Emmy Awards in 1956.
Former Pacific Palisades Honorary Mayors Nanette Fabray, Steve Guttenberg, Anthony Hopkins and John Raitt with Shelley Long.
Pearl Bailey and Nanette Fabray in the Broadway musical "Arms and the Girl", 1950.
From left, actors Howard Morris, Caesar, Nanette Fabray and Carl Reiner rehearse for the 1950s television series "Caesar`s Hour".
Nanette Fabray, Irving Berlin and Robert Ryan.
Nanette Fabray with her niece, Shelley Fabares.
William Shatner, Sam Edwards and Nanette Fabray in "Thriller", 1960.
Lew Ayres and Nanette Fabray in "Playhouse 90", 1956.
Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray and Oscar Levant in "The Band Wagon", 1953.
Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Nanette Fabray and Bill Quinn in "Mary Tyler Moore", 1970.
Joey Bishop, Nanette Fabray, and Andy Williams in "The Andy Williams Show", 1962.
(Academy Award-winner Bette Davis ("Jezebel," "Dark Victor...)
Academy Award-winner Bette Davis ("Jezebel," "Dark Victory") is the homely Queen Elizabeth I, whose jealous love of the handsome Earl of Essex leads to tragedy.
(Oscar-winner and legendary hoofer Fred Astaire stars in t...)
Oscar-winner and legendary hoofer Fred Astaire stars in this fun-filled musical as a Hollywood celebrity who stumbles into trouble when he agrees to star in a Broadway show.
Fabray attended the Max Reinhardt School of the Theatre on a scholarship. In 1939, she graduated from Hollywood High School. In the fall of 1939 she entered Los Angeles Junior College, but did not do well and withdrew a few months later.
Fabray made her professional stage debut as "Miss New Years Eve 1923" at the Million Dollar Theater. Her film debut was in the romantic drama film "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" in 1939. Then she appeared in two films for Warner Bros., including "The Monroe Doctrine" and "A Child Is Born". In 1940, Nanette performed in the stage production "Meet the People" in Los Angeles, which then toured the United States from 1940 to 1941. There she sang the opera aria "Caro nome", while tap dancing.
She became a successful musical-theatre actress in New York during the 1940s and early 1950s, starring in such productions as "By Jupiter", 1942, "My Dear Public", 1943, "Jackpot", 1944, "Bloomer Girl", 1946, "High Button Shoes", 1947, "Arms and the Girl", 1950 and "Make a Wish", 1951.
In the mid-1940s, she worked regularly for NBC on a variety of programs in the Los Angeles area. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Fabray made her first high-profile national television appearances performing on a number of variety programs, including The Ed Sullivan Show, Texaco Star Theatre and The Arthur Murray Party. She appeared as a regular in a sketch-comedy television program "Caesar's Hourfrom" from 1954 to 1956. In 1961, Nanette starred in 26 episodes of Westinghouse Playhouse.
In addition, she went on to four decades of television movies and guest appearances on such series as "Love, American Style", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "One Day at a Time" and sitcom "Coach”, 1990, on which she played the mother of her real-life niece Shelley Fabares.
Also she starred in the films, including "The Happy Ending", 1969, "Harper Valley PTA", 1978 and "Amy", 1981. Nanette's recent work was in 2007, when she appeared in "The Damsel Dialogues". The show, which was performed at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, California, focused on women's issues with life, love, loss, and the workplace.
On October 26, 1947 Nanette Fabray married David Tebet, with whom she divorced in July 1951. Then in 1957, she married Ranald MacDougall. The marriage produced a son.