Born in Flint, Michigan, on March 11, 1935, Nancy Kovack is a rare example of an actress with the gifts of talent, beauty, comedic timing, and brains. As a teenager racking up beauty contest titles in her native Michigan, the stunning glamour girl also proved to be brilliant as well. With a reported IQ of 158, she graduated from the University of Michigan before the age of 20. By the late 1950s, Kovack found herself in New York working in television. Getting great notices and rave reviews, Columbia Studios offered the gorgeous actress a contract, which she signed in late 1959.

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Cheesecake photos of Nancy Kovack

Her first film was the Kirk Douglas vehicle Strangers When We Meet (1960; with Kim Novak, Ernie Kovacs, and Barbara Rush). The following year, she landed a regular slot as a prize girl on the Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions game show Number Please, hosted by Bud Collyer. A few more supporting roles in films followed until her big break came in the Columbia western The Wild Westerners (1962; with Duane Eddy and Guy Mitchell). Kovack stuck with Columbia through the late 1960s. To fill in between film roles, she made guest appearances on a number of popular television programs, including Perry Mason, Batman, and Star Trek. She made several appearances on the ABC TV series Bewitched, usually in the role of Darrin's devious former girlfriend Shelia. While she often acted in westerns and played the femme fatale, Kovack also displayed a keen talent for comedy.

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The Wild Westerners (1962)

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From Columbia's The Wild Westerners. LEFT: Kovack as Rose Sharon. CENTER and RIGHT: Lobby cards

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

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As Medea in Jason and the Argonauts

The Outlaws Is Coming (1965)

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Nancy Kovack stars as Annie Oakley in The Outlaws Is Coming. The photos above feature Curly Joe DeRita, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Adam West

Frankie and Johnny (1966)

Robert Strauss, Anthony Eisley, and Nancy Kovack

With Robert Strauss and Anthony Eisley in the Elvis Presley flick Frankie and Johnny

Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)

Mike Henry and Nancy Kovack

Tarzan (Mike Henry) tends to Sophia Renault (Nancy Kovack) in a scene from Tarzan and the Valley of Gold

Marooned (1969)

Lee Grant, Nancy Kovack, and Mariette Hartley

With Lee Grant and Mariette Hartley in Marooned. This film was once aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000

It Takes a Thief (1968-1970 ABC TV Series)

Nancy Kovack and Robert Wagner

With Robert Wagner in an episode of Wagner's series It Takes a Thief, titled 38-23-36

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Nancy Kovack married famed orchestra conductor Zubin Mehta on July 19, 1969. Sadly, she soon afterward gave up her successful career, during which she netted a 1964 Golden Laurel nomination for 'Top New Face.' And in 1969, she was nominated for an Emmy award for 'Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Single Performance' for her role as Bret Nicols on the Mannix episode The Girl Who Came in with the Tide, which originally aired on February 1, 1969. Retired from acting since the mid 1970s, today Nancy Kovack is well respected in music and social circles on both the east and west coasts.

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Ellery Queen: Too Many Suspects (1975) with Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Ray Milland, Warren Berlinger, and Kim Hunter
Marooned (1969) with Gregory Peck, David Janssen, Gene Hackman, Scott Brady, James Franciscus, Lee Grant, Richard Crenna, and Mariette Hartley
Enter Laughing (1967) with Shelley Winters, Jose Ferrer, Elaine May, and Don Rickles
Diamond 33 (1966)
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966) with Mike Henry
Frankie and Johnny (1966) with Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas, Sue Ane Langdon, Anthony Eisley, and Joyce Jameson
The Silencers (1966) with Dean Martin, Daliah Lavi, Stella Stevens, Cyd Charisse, Victor Buono, and Beverly Adams
The Great Sioux Massacre (1965) with Joseph Cotten, Philip Carey, and Darren McGavin
Sylvia (1965) with Carroll Baker, Joanne Dru, George Maharis, Aldo Ray, Ann Sothern, and Lloyd Bochner
The Outlaws Is Coming (1965) with the Three Stooges, Adam West, and Henry Gibson
Jason and the Argonauts (1963) with Todd Armstrong and Honor Blackman
Diary of a Madman (1963) with Vincent Price
The Wild Westerners (1962) with Guy Mitchell, Duane Eddy, and James Philbrook
Cry for Happy (1961) with Glenn Ford and James Shigeta
Strangers When We Meet (1960) with Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak, Ernie Kovacs, Barbara Rush, and Roberta Shore

Number Please, 1961 ABC Goodson-Todman game show hosted by Bud Collyer. Nearly all episodes of this game show are lost

Cannon, episode Bloodlines, originally aired February 25, 1976
Bronk, episode Long Time Dying, originally aired February 1, 1976
The Invisible Man, episode The Klae Dynasty, originally aired December 8, 1975
Ellery Queen, episode Too Many Suspects, originally aired March 23, 1975
Mannix, episode Sing a Song of Murder, originally aired November 11, 1973
Mannix, episode The Inside Man, originally aired October 22, 1972
Love, American Style, episode Love and the Baker's Half Dozen/Love and the New Roommate/Love and the Rug/Love and the Second Time, originally aired February 12, 1971
Insight, episode Charlie, You Made the Night Too Long, originally aired April 30, 1969
It Takes a Thief, episode 38-23-36, originally aired April 8, 1969
Mannix, episode The Girl Who Came in with the Tide, originally aired February 1, 1969
Hawaii Five-O, episode Face of the Dragon, originally aired January 22, 1969
Bewitched, episode Cousin Serena Strikes Again: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired January 9 and January 16, 1969
Get Smart, episode The Day They Raided the Knights, originally aired January 11, 1969
The Name of the Game, episode Swingers Only, originally aired January 10, 1969
Family Affair, episode Family Plan, originally aired December 30, 1968
It Takes a Thief, episode One Night on Soledade, originally aired September 24, 1968
The F.B.I., episode Wind It Up and It Betrays You, originally aired September 22, 1968
Star Trek, episode A Private Little War, originally aired February 2, 1968
Bewitched, episode If They Never Met, originally aired January 25, 1968
Bewitched, episode Snob in the Grass, originally aired January 11, 1968
The Invaders, episode Task Force, originally aired December 26, 1967
I Spy, episode Apollo, originally aired November 20, 1967
Vacation Playhouse, episode Off We Go!, originally aired September 5, 1966
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., episode The King of Diamonds Affair, originally aired March 11, 1966
The Wackiest Ship in the Army, episode The Ghost of Lord Nelson--San, originally aired March 6, 1966
The F.B.I., episode Flight to Harbin, originally aired February 27, 1966
The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, episode The Reluctant Lover, originally aired February 10, 1966
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Golfer's Gambit, originally aired January 30, 1966
Batman, episode Batman Is Riled, originally aired January 27, 1966
Batman, episode The Joker Is Wild, originally aired January 26, 1966
Honey West, episode The Gray Lady, originally aired December 10, 1965
I Dream of Jeannie, episode The Moving Finger, originally aired November 13, 1965
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., episode The Brain-Killer Affair, originally aired March 8, 1965
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed the Man on the White Horse?, originally aired February 17, 1965
The Tycoon, episode Pat's Retirement, originally aired February 16, 1965
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, episode Hail to the Chief, originally aired December 28, 1964
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, episode Parties to the Crime, originally aired November 27, 1964
12 O'Clock High, episode Appointment at Liege, originally aired November 20, 1964
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Cassandra Cass?, originally aired September 30, 1964
Bewitched, episode I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha, originally aired September 17, 1964
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, episode The Second Verdict, originally aired May 29, 1964
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed WHO IV?, originally aired April 3, 1964
Kraft Suspense Theatre, episode The Name of the Game, originally aired December 26, 1963
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Badgered Brother, originally aired December 19, 1963
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Purity Mather?, originally aired December 6, 1963
Kraft Mystery Theater, episode Talk to My Partner, originally aired August 28, 1963
The United States Steel Hour, episode The Golden Thirty, originally aired August 9, 1961
The United States Steel Hour, episode Queen of the Orange Bowl, originally aired January 13, 1960
The United States Steel Hour, episode Call It a Day, originally aired May 20, 1959
The Verdict Is Yours, episode Morris vs Dakis, originally aired September 4, 1958
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