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Shani Wallis (born 14 April 1933) is an English-born American actress and singer of theatre, television and film, in both her native United Kingdom and in the United States. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the West End, and for the role of Nancy in the 1968 Oscar-winning film musical Oliver!.

Shani Wallis
Born (1933-04-14) 14 April 1933 (age 86)
OccupationActress and singer
Years active1953–2006
Bernie Rich (m. 1968)


Wallis was born in Tottenham, Middlesex, and made her first stage appearance at the age of four and later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) on a scholarship and resumed her theatrical career appearing in many London and provincial productions. She made her theatrical debut in Call Me Madam at the London Coliseum (as "Princess Marie") with Anton Walbrook.

Wallis is a naturalised citizen of the United States, where she has lived for more than forty years. She married her agent Bernie Rich on 13 September 1968, and they have one daughter, Rebecca and two granddaughters.[1] Wallis is a patron of the theatre charity the Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America.[2]

Selected creditsEdit





  • Call Me Madam – original London stage recording (1952)
  • Wish You Were Here – original London stage recording (1953)
  • Shani! EP (1960) - Philips BBE 12337 ("Personality", "Please Don't Say No", "Don't Take Your Love Away from Me", "There Goes My Heart")
  • A Time for Singing (1966) – original Broadway cast recording
  • I'm a Girl! LP (1967) - Kapp Records KS-3472
  • Look to Love LP (1967) - Kapp Records KS-3527
  • Oliver! (1968) – original film cast recording
  • As Long As He Needs Me LP (1968) - Kapp Records KS-3573
  • The Girl from Oliver LP (1969) - Kapp Records KS-3606


  1. ^ "I'd do anything to be a judge on I'd Do Anything ... but all they offered me was a one-minute slot, says the original Nancy", Daily Mail (online edition), 22 March 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Our Treasured Patrons", The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America (online). Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  3. ^ Princess Theatre, Melbourne theatre programme (1958)

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