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Nancy Parsons

  • Highest Rated: 85% Pennies From Heaven (1981)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Loose Cannons (1990)
  • Birthday: Jan 17, 1942
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Quite possibly the quintessential cinematic personification of the sexually repressed high school gym teacher, Nancy Parsons had a curiously interesting and diverse catalog of film roles, though that of fearsome phys ed nightmare Beulah Balbricker in Porky's and its sequels will likely live eternally in the hearts of teen sex-comedy aficionados as her defining role.A native of Lake Minnetonka, MN, Parsons' passion for Shakespeare led her to California at the age of 16, where she studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. Though she found work in the L.A. theater scene early on, Parsons soon turned away from acting in favor of marriage and family life. Her marital bliss short-lived, Parsons returned to her passion after her divorce, finding small roles in such films as I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977). Though her comic abilities were hinted at in the 1980 Bill Murray comedy Where the Buffalo Roam, that same year yielded her breakout role in the horror-spoof Motel Hell, playing opposite Jimmie Dean wannabe Rory Calhoun in the gruesomely humorous tale of a farmer with questionable practices in sausage manufacturing. Following the next year with Pennies From Heaven and Porky's, Parsons' fate was sealed as a talented and versatile actress with a good sense of humor.The following years brought Parsons a number of comedic roles, always shifting effortlessly between the dramatic and comedic with roles in such polar opposites as Porky's Revenge (1985) and Steel Magnolias (1989). Parsons also appeared frequently on television, in roles ranging from Charlie's Angels to Star Trek: The Next Generation (on the set of which she frequently traded Shakespearian dialogue with fellow Bard-fan Patrick Stewart). Continuing her television work through the '90s with recurring roles in Days of our Lives, one of Parsons' fondest memories of that decade's film appearances was her role in The Doctor (1991). A fan of actor William Hurt, Parsons cherished the opportunity to appear with Hurt on film. Though ailing in health in the later '90s, Parsons continued to appear on television in L.A. Law and The Pretender, before her death in early 2001 after an extended battle with diabetes.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee Sister Mary Margaret 1994
13% Ladybugs Coach Annie 1992
82% The Doctor Laurie 1991
No Score Yet Silhouette Hotel Proprietor 1991
0% Loose Cannons Nurse 1990
0% Homer & Eddie Maid 1989
70% Steel Magnolias Janice Van Meter 1989
No Score Yet Little Spies Actor 1986
27% Porky's Revenge Ms. Balbricker 1985
No Score Yet Quarterback Princess Mrs. Klosterman 1983
11% Porky's II: The Next Day Balbricker 1983
57% Sudden Impact Mrs. Kruger 1983
85% Pennies From Heaven Old Whore 1981
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway Alice the Teller 1981
71% Motel Hell Ida Smith 1980
17% Where the Buffalo Roam Actor 1980
No Score Yet I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Woman in Ward D 1977

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Marouk
  • 1989
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Admissions Nurse
  • 1988
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Nurse
  • 1986
No Score Yet Family Ties
1982-1989
Nurse
  • 1984
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Nurse Blackwell
  • 1983
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Zora
  • 1979
  • 1978

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