Lois Nettleton

Lois Nettleton, a career stage actress whose many roles included a turn as Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, died Jan. 18, 2008, in Woodland Hills, CA. She was 80. Born in Oak Park, IL, to a poor family, her parents divorced early on and she was educated at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the Actors Studio in New York. She was named Miss Chicago in 1948 and was a semi-finalist at the 1948 Miss America Pageant. Ms. Nettleton made her Broadway debut in 1949 in the short-lived Dalton Trumbo comedy The Biggest Thief in Town. A role in Sidney Kingsley's Darkness at Noon in 1951 proved luckier, providing work for half a year.

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  • Born: Aug 6, 1929 in Oak Park, IL, USA
  • Death: Jan 18, 2008 in Woodland Hills, California

Awards

Clarence Derwent Award
1959 Most Promising Female Performer God and Kate Murphy Winner
Drama Desk Award
1976 Outstanding Actress in a Play They Knew What They Wanted Nominee
Tony Award
1976 Featured Actress in a Play They Knew What They Wanted Nominee