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A quirky blonde actress capable of projecting a diamond hardness or intense fragility, Melora Walters has enjoyed her best screen roles (to date) in collaboration with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. The actress made her first screen appearance in "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and then segued to a recurring role as a pal of the title character on the ABC sitcom "Roseanne" in 1990. Several small roles followed in films ranging from big studio fare (e.g., "Beethoven" 1992) to low-budget indies (i.e., "Twenty Bucks" 1993) to the in-between ("Ed Wood" 1994). She had perhaps her widest exposure as the unlikely love interest of Chris Elliott in the disastrous "Cabin Boy" (1994). Anderson rescued her from these roles which did little to tap into her capabilities when he cast her as the floozy who hooks up with Samuel L. Jackson in "Hard Eight/Sydney" (1997). The writer-director subsequently created the roles of a porn star married to another adult film actor (Don Cheadle) in "Boogie Nights" (1997) and a high-strung drug abuser who finds romance with a cop in "Magnolia" (1999). The latter role especially allowed Walters to cut loose as she traversed a gamut of emotions. Her relationship with John C....

A quirky blonde actress capable of projecting a diamond hardness or intense fragility, Melora Walters has enjoyed her best screen roles (to date) in collaboration with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. The actress made her first screen appearance in "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and then segued to a recurring role as a pal of the title character on the ABC sitcom "Roseanne" in 1990. Several small roles followed in films ranging from big studio fare (e.g., "Beethoven" 1992) to low-budget indies (i.e., "Twenty Bucks" 1993) to the in-between ("Ed Wood" 1994). She had perhaps her widest exposure as the unlikely love interest of Chris Elliott in the disastrous "Cabin Boy" (1994). Anderson rescued her from these roles which did little to tap into her capabilities when he cast her as the floozy who hooks up with Samuel L. Jackson in "Hard Eight/Sydney" (1997). The writer-director subsequently created the roles of a porn star married to another adult film actor (Don Cheadle) in "Boogie Nights" (1997) and a high-strung drug abuser who finds romance with a cop in "Magnolia" (1999). The latter role especially allowed Walters to cut loose as she traversed a gamut of emotions. Her relationship with John C. Reilly formed the center of the film and she got to deliver the line that inspired the film, "Now that I've met you, would you object to never seeing me again?" Walters memorable work in the film was often cited for praise, even by those reviewers who had reservations about the film as a whole.

In between feature work, Walters remained active on the small screen in TV-movies and episodic work. She did a two-episode stint on "NYPD Blue" in 1995 and made a guest appearance on "Brooklyn South" which featured her real-life husband Dylan Walsh. Walters had her widest exposure as the slightly ditsy receptionist Felicity on the CBS medical drama "L.A. Doctors" (1998-99), appearing in 23 of the series' 24 episodes. She also excelled as a rival to Molly Ringwald in the Lifetime fantasy "Twice Upon a Time" (1998).

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1.
 The Singing Nun (1965) Sister Therese
2.
 Blue Hawaii (1961) Abigail Prentace
3.
 The Green Helmet (1961) Diane Bartell
4.
 Bells Are Ringing (1960) Katherine Arnold
5.
 Monster on the Campus (1958) Sylvia Lockwood
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Born: Lake County, Florida, USA

Nancy is retired from acting, and was an evangelist with the "Jesus Is Coming" Ministries. After an appearance at a 1995 Elvis Convention, she decided not to visit the Elvis gatherings anymore. She wanted to concentrate full-time on her ministry work. In an article for a Florida paper, she said, "I loved Elvis. If there's anything I can say to his loving fans, I will. I just don't want to get caught up in it. This is enough. I have to get on with my life." And so she did.

Nancy's career began as a model, appearing in ads in magazines such as Vogue, Mademoiselle, and Harper's Bazaar. She appeared in the 1961 movie Blue Hawaii with Elvis Presley, playing Miss Prentice, the schoolteacher who was on a tour to Hawaii with her class.

Apart from being an ordained minister, Nancy is a published poet, a painter, an estate executive, and a world-wide traveler.

Nancy is currently being treated for cancer in Las Vegas, NV.

Filmography:
1. He & She 1967
2. Get Smart 1967
3. The Monkees 1967
4. The Singing Nun 1966
5. Gunsmoke 1962
6. Blue Hawaii 1961
7. The Green Helmet 1961
8. Bells Are Ringing 1960(uncredited)
9. 77 Sunset Strip 1959
10. Monster on the Campus 1958

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