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      Nancy Kovack

      Nancy Kovack

      Highest Rated: 89% Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Enter Laughing (1967)

      Birthday: Mar 11, 1935

      Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, USA

      Nancy Kovack's acting career was short-lived for an unusual reason: not scandal, or drugs, or unpopularity, but rather, simply and sweetly, love. After only a decade of film and TV roles, Kovack formed a lasting relationship with celebrated conductor Zubin Mehta and decided to focus her life on her marriage. Even in her few years as an entertainer, though, she made an indelible mark. Novack is perhaps most recognized as Medea, the spurned (and vengeful) sorceress in 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts," a stop-motion film about the mythical quest for the Golden Fleece (though Jason's legendary abandonment of Medea is omitted from the movie, ensuring that his character stays in the good graces of theatergoing audiences). That same year, Novack played another romantic interest who is not so kindly spared from an unfortunate on-screen fate; in "Diary of a Madman," she portrayed the avaricious Odette Mallotte, whose gold-digging gets her in over her head with a magistrate possessed by an evil spirit. Years later, Kovack played a wife in another terrifying situation: fear that her astronaut husband might not return from his mission aboard a space station. Real-life astronaut Jim Lovell took his own wife to see the film "Marooned" less than a year before he went into space, and the viewing purportedly added to her anxiety about the possibility of his experiencing a similar disaster (as he indeed would, on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to the Moon).

      Highest rated movies

      89% Jason and the Argonauts
      86% Marooned
      50% Enter Laughing

      Photos

      MAROONED, Nancy Kovack, 1969 THE OUTLAWS IS COMING, Larry Fine, Curly Joe De Rita, Nancy Kovack, Moe Howard, Adam West, 1965. JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, Nancy Kovack, Todd Armstrong, Jack Gwillim, 1963 JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, Nancy Kovack, on location in Italy, 1963 THE OUTLAWS IS COMING!, Nancy Kovack, 1965. DIARY OF A MADMAN, Nancy Kovack, 1963 THE SILENCERS, top to bottom: Dean Martin, Nancy Kovack, 1966 JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, Nancy Kovack, with 'Golden Fleece', 1963 DIARY OF A MADMAN, Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack, 1963. DIARY OF A MADMAN, Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack, 1963. JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, Nancy Kovack (as Medea), being carried by dancers, 1963. DIARY OF A MADMAN, Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack, 1963. JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, Nancy Kovack (as Medea), Jack Gwillim and cast, 1963. MAROONED, front from left: Lee Grant, Nancy Kovack, Mariette Hartley, 1969 JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, Laurence Naismith, Nancy Kovack, Todd Armstrong, with 'Golden Fleece', 1963 ENTER LAUGHING, front to back: Nancy Kovack, Don Rickles, Reni Santori, 1967 MAROONED, Lee Grant, Nancy Kovack, Mariette Hartley, 1969 CRY FOR HAPPY, Nancy Kovack, Glenn Ford, 1961 JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, Todd Armstrong (as Jason), Gary Raymond (as Acastus), Laurence Naismith (as Argus), Nancy Kovack (as Medea), holding the Golden Fleece, 1963. JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, Jack Gwillim, Nancy Kovack, 1963

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Many Suspects Monaca Grey (Character) - 1975
      86% 45% Marooned Teresa Stone (Character) - 1969
      50% 38% Enter Laughing Linda (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 7% Tarzan and the Valley of Gold Sophia Renault (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 51% The Silencers Barbara (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 50% Frankie and Johnny Nellie Bly (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 48% The Outlaws Is Coming Annie Oakley (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 25% The Great Sioux Massacre Libbie Custer (Character) - 1965
      89% 79% Jason and the Argonauts Medea (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 54% Diary of a Madman Odette Mallotte (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Westerners Rose Sharon (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry for Happy Camille Cameron (Character) - 1961

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Charlotte Frawley (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Barbara Sonderman (Guest Star) 1969 1972-1973
      No Score Yet 79% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet 41% Bewitched Sheila Sommers (Guest Star) 1964 1968-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      80% 88% Star Trek Nona (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wackiest Ship in the Army Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Dina Brandt (Guest Star) 1963 1966
      72% 78% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet 54% I Dream of Jeannie Rita Mitchell (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964