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Shirl Conway (June 13, 1916 – May 7, 2007), born Shirley Elizabeth Crosman, was an American television and Broadway actress.[1]

Shirl Conway
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Shirl Conway in The Nurses (1963)
Born (1916-06-13)June 13, 1916
Franklinville, New York
Died May 7, 2007(2007-05-07) (aged 90)
Shelton, Washington
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Actress


Life and careerEdit

Conway attended the University of Michigan and was a John Robert Powers model. She was married to Bill Johnson, an actor.[2]

She played Ruth Winters in the 1955 musical comedy Plain and Fancy on Broadway, for which she won a Theatre World Award. She also appeared on Broadway in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [3] and toured in Auntie Mame.[1]

She played the role of Liz Thorpe in the CBS drama The Nurses (which ran from 1962 to 1965) for which she was nominated for an Emmy award in 1963 for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series.[1] Other TV credits include Route 66, The Defenders, and Caesar's Hour.

She moved to Washington in 1972, where she was the founding member of the Harstine Island Theatre Club, and starred in productions there into her 80s.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Variety Staff (May 29, 2007), "Shirl Conway, 90, actress", Variety 
  2. ^ Simonson, Robert. "Shirl Conway, Broadway and Television Actress, Dies at 90" playbill, June 4, 2007
  3. ^ Shirl Conway Broadway, accessed August 14, 2015

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