Lois Nettleton Biography

Died: January 18, 2008 (Woodland Hills, California)
Best Known as: actress in theater, film, and television

Lois Nettleton, an actress in theater, film, and television for more than 50 years, who earned recognition and respect for her dramatic and comic performances. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois and studied theater at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. In 1948, Nettleton was Miss Chicago and a semifinalist for Miss America. She made her Broadway debut in 1949 in “The Biggest Little Thief in Town.“ In 1973, she earned critical acclaim when she played Blanche DuBois in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams's “Street Car Named Desire.“ Early in her career she appeared on shows like “Studio One“ and “Armstrong Circle.“ In later years she appeared on “Seinfeld,“ “Cagney & Lacey,“ and “General Hospital.“ She was nominated for several Emmys.