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Actress Nanette Fabray, Perennial TV Mom, Dies At Age 97
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2018-02-24 03:18:13 UTC
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Actress Nanette Fabray, who was known to modern audiences as the mother of
Bonnie Franklin’s character on the CBS sitcom “One Day at a Time,” died Thursday
at her home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. She was 97.

The actress, born Ruby Nanette Bernadette Theresa Fabares in San Diego, was
performing in vaudeville by the age of 4, according to The New York Times.

By the age of 19, she was doing bit parts in Hollywood movies and made her
Broadway debut in the 1941 musical comedy “Let’s Face It” opposite Danny Kaye.

In 1949, Fabray won a Tony for best actress in a musical for “Love Life,” which
was directed by Elia Kazan and choreographed by Michael Kidd, according to The
Hollywood Reporter.

Her most notable film appearance was with Fred Astaire in “The Band Wagon”
(1953), considered to be one of MGM’s best musicals.

Fabray also played a major part in the evolution of television. During the
1940s, NBC hired her to work as a demonstration model for color television
because her skin tone showed off the technology just right.

During this time, Fabray was suffering from an undiagnosed hearing problem that
affected her ability to perform. The condition, she later discovered, was
otosclerosis, a disorder in which excessive growth in the bones of the middle
ear interferes with the transmission of sound, according to the Los Angeles
Times. One doctor predicted she’d lose her hearing in five years.

Fabray coped by learning sign language and wearing hearing aids. She also had
four operations from 1955 to 1977 before her hearing was restored.

Also during that time, Fabray appeared on many classic sitcoms and variety
shows. She won three Emmys in the 1950s for her work on Sid Caesar’s “Caesar’s
Hour” variety show, according to Variety.

Fabray later became a popular guest on shows like “The Love Boat,” “Maude” and
“Murder, She Wrote,” but her character niche seemed to be as the mom of a series
star.

She played the mother of Ann Romano (Franklin) on “One Day at a Time” and the
mother of Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” On the 1990s ABC sitcom
“Coach,” Fabray portrayed the mom of a character played by Shelley Fabares, her
real-life niece.

Fabray was married twice: to Broadway publicist David Tebet for four years and
to screenwriter Ranald MacDougall from 1958 till his death in 1973. She had one
son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, who survives her, as does Fabares and her husband,
actor Mike Farrell.





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2018-02-24 03:56:16 UTC
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Actress Nanette Fabray, who was known to modern audiences as the mother of
Bonnie Franklin's character on the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time, died
Thursday at her home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. She was 97.
The actress, born Ruby Nanette Bernadette Theresa Fabares in San Diego, was
performing in vaudeville by the age of 4, according to The New York Times.
By the age of 19, she was doing bit parts in Hollywood movies and made her
Broadway debut in the 1941 musical comedy Lets Face It opposite Danny
Kaye.
In 1949, Fabray won a Tony for best actress in a musical for Love Life,
which was directed by Elia Kazan and choreographed by Michael Kidd, according
to The Hollywood Reporter.
Her most notable film appearance was with Fred Astaire in The Band Wagon
(1953), considered to be one of MGMs best musicals.
Fabray also played a major part in the evolution of television. During the
1940s, NBC hired her to work as a demonstration model for color television
because her skin tone showed off the technology just right.
During this time, Fabray was suffering from an undiagnosed hearing problem
that affected her ability to perform. The condition, she later discovered, was
otosclerosis, a disorder in which excessive growth in the bones of the middle
ear interferes with the transmission of sound, according to the Los Angeles
Times. One doctor predicted shed lose her hearing in five years.
Fabray coped by learning sign language and wearing hearing aids. She also had
four operations from 1955 to 1977 before her hearing was restored.
Also during that time, Fabray appeared on many classic sitcoms and variety
shows. She won three Emmys in the 1950s for her work on Sid Caesar's
Caesar's Hour variety show, according to Variety.
Fabray later became a popular guest on shows like The Love Boat, Maude
and Murder, She Wrote, but her character niche seemed to be as the mom of a
series star.
She played the mother of Ann Romano (Franklin) on One Day at a Time and the
mother of Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. On the 1990s ABC
sitcom Coach, Fabray portrayed the mom of a character played by Shelley
Fabares, her real-life niece.
I was under the impression Ms. Fabray was Shelley's real-life mom, that
must be why.
Post by Miloch
Fabray was married twice: to Broadway publicist David Tebet for four years
and to screenwriter Ranald MacDougall from 1958 till his death in 1973. She had
one son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, who survives her, as does Fabares and her husband,
actor Mike Farrell.
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