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Nancy Joan Guild (October 11, 1925 – August 16, 1999) was an American film actress of the 1940s and 1950s. She appeared in Somewhere in the Night (1946), The Brasher Doubloon (1947), and the comedy Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951). Although appearing in major films, Guild never achieved as much fame at 20th Century Fox, the studio that had signed her to a seven-year contract, as she had hoped for, and eventually gave up acting for marriage.
Nancy Joan Guild
October 11, 1925
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||August 16, 1999 (aged 73)|
East Hampton, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Arizona|
|Spouse(s)||John Bryson (1978-1995; divorced)|
Ernest H. Martin (1951-1975; divorced); 2 children
Charles Russell (1947-1950; divorced); 1 child
Guild was a University of Arizona freshman when a Life magazine photographer noticed her. After her picture was published in a spread on campus fashions, five Hollywood studios screen-tested her, and she was signed by 20th Century Fox. The studio's publicity writers declared "Guild rhymes with wild!" when hyping her first film, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Somewhere in the Night.
On the rebound from an engagement with producer Edward Lasker, Guild married fellow Fox contract player Charles Russell in 1947. The following year, they appeared together in the musical Give My Regards to Broadway (1948). They had a daughter, Elizabeth, in 1949.
She left Fox and appeared in movies as a freelance and at Universal Studios, where she appeared in an Abbott and Costello picture and the Francis the Talking Mule movie Francis Covers the Big Town (1953), her last picture.
Guild was a panelist on the DuMont network's Where Was I? game show in 1952-1953. She appeared occasionally on television and briefly returned to the movies in Otto Preminger's Such Good Friends (1971).
|1946||Somewhere in the Night||Christy Smith|
|1947||The Brasher Doubloon||Merle Davis|
|1948||Give My Regards to Broadway||Helen Wallace|
|1949||Black Magic||Marie Antoinette / Lorenza|
|1951||Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man||Helen Gray|
|1951||Little Egypt||Sylvia Graydon|
|1953||Francis Covers the Big Town||Alberta Ames|
|1971||Such Good Friends||Molly||(final film role)|
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