Sad to hear that Nancy Gates has passed away. Although under contract to RKO from the tender age of 15, Nancy’s career in Hollywood was not extensive but she will be remembered by western fans for her role in COMMANCHE STATION (1960).
Nancy was screen tested in 1942 for “The Magnificent Ambersons”, but lost out to Anne Baxter. RKO didn’t do her any favours, loaning her out for supporting roles in films like “Cheyenne Takes Over.”
Nancy played Sterling Hayden’s wife in SUDDENLY.
Back to supporting roles in MEMBER OF THE WEDDING and AT SWORD’S POINT.
In GUNFIGHT AT DODGE CITY, Nancy costarred with Joel McCrea and Julie Adams.
Nancy played Arthur Kennedy’s girlfriend in SOME CAME RUNNING.
In a radio production of SUNSET BOULEVARD, Nancy played the role that Nancy Olsen played in the film.
Two films of Nancy’s films I havent seen are THE ATOMIC CITY and WORLD WITHOUT END.
She married in 1948 a prominent Hollywood attorney, J. William Haye and eventually retired from acting in 1969 after making over 50 TV appearances in all the well known tv shows of the 60s.
Her quiet stoicism as the woman rescued from the Indians in “Commanche Station “ will be remembered.