RIP Nanette Fabray

Nanette Fabray, America's musical theater sweetheart and the vivacious actress, singer, and dancer of film and television died at her home in Palos Verdes Estates on Thursday, February 22, 2018. She was 97 years old.

Fabray began her career as a child in vaudeville and became a successful musical theater actress in the 1940's and 1950's. She played Sid Caesar's comedic partner on Caesar's Hour from 1954 to 1957. 





In 1953, Fabray starred with Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, and Cyd Charisse in her most successful  role as Lily Marton in the musical comedy "The Band Wagon." 

"The Band Wagon" is considered one of Metro Goldwyn Mayer's finest musicals. The song "That's Entertainment" was written specifically for the film and has become an industry standard. 

The film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards and has been selected for preservation in The United States Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Fabray was a frequent guest on television series and variety shows beginning in the 1950's and into the early 1990's. 

She played Grandma Katherine Romano on the sitcom "One Day at a Time" from 1975 until 1984. 

Nanette Fabray overcame significant hearing loss and was a strong advocate for the rights of the deaf and hard of hearing. She was a recipient of  The President's Distinguished Service Award and Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award for her efforts on behalf of the hearing impaired. 


Cyd Charisse as Gabrielle Gerard backstage with Nanette Fabray  as Lily Marton wearing formals backstage in 1953 "The Band Wagon"
Cyd Charisse as Gabrielle Gerard backstage with Nanette Fabray
as Lily Marton in 1953 "The Band Wagon"
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Fred Astaire as Tony Hunter and Nanette Fabray as Lily Marton in 1953 "The Band Wagon"
Fred Astaire as Tony Hunter and Nanette Fabray as Lily Marton in
1953 "The Band Wagon"
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Nanette Fabray, seated at right, gagged as railroad commuters Sid Caesar, left, Carl Reiner, top, center, and Howard Morris poked their smokes in her direction while looking over her shoulder to read her newspaper, on "Caesar's Hour," April 27, 1955.
Nanette Fabray, with Sid Caesar, left, Carl Reiner, top, and Howard Morris
"Caesar's Hour," April 27, 1955. 

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