Nancy Allen is good respected by many not merely being a harpist, but additionally as a instructor. She was raised in NEW YORK, dividing her research one of the harp with Pearl Chertok, the piano, as well as the oboe. She was luckily enough to spend the summertime of 1972 learning from Lily Laskine in France, before enrolling at Juilliard, where she examined under Marcel Grandjany. In 1973 she gained the Fifth International Harp Competition in Israel. She produced her NY recital debut in 1975, and her early profession included touring with flutist Ransom Wilson. Since that time, she’s also worked carefully with Kathleen Fight, Richard Stoltzman, Manuel Barrueco, and Carol Wincenc on recital tasks. She frequently performs with the brand new York-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as well as the Chamber Music Culture of Lincoln Middle and agreed upon on as primary harpist with the brand new York Philharmonic in 1999, which allowed her to remain near her young family members. Nevertheless, she also shows up internationally with ensembles like the British Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, LA Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Royal Philharmonic. Allen became a member of the faculty of Juilliard in 1985 and today mind the harp plan there, in addition to at Yale, where she became a member of the faculty in 1992, with the Aspen Music Celebration and School. A lot of her learners now keep positions in well-known orchestras all over the world. Her documenting of Ravel’s Launch & Allegro using the Tokyo String Quartet, Wilson, and clarinetist David Shifrin was nominated for any Grammy honor. Allen’s additional recordings are available on a number of brands, covering a number of music from Bach to Ives to Takemitsu.
Full Name Nancy Allen
Height 1.68 m
Profession Actor, Activist
Education High School of Performing Arts
Spouse Randy Bailey, Craig Shoemaker, Brian De Palma
Music Songs Le Coucou, Allemande & Courante, Cantata, BWV 147: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Prelude, Op. 12, No. 7, Siciliana, Courante from Three Lute Dances, Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C Major, K.299 - I Allegro, Concerto For Flute, Harp & Orchestra in C Major - Andantino, Concierto serenata: Sarao, Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, BWV 1015: Andante, Andante, Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, 1915, Siciliano, BWV 1031, Sonata in B flat, K 545: Prestissimo, Rêverie, Liberamente capriccioso - Vivace, Harp Concerto, Op. 25, Les Barricades mystérieuses, Molto moderato , Harp Concerto, Op. 25, Three Lute Dances: Bransles, Concierto serenata: Intermezzo con Aria, Sonata in A, K 209: Allegro, Allegro giusto, Harp Concerto, Op. 25, Three Lute Dances: Pavane, Meditation for Viola de Gamba Orchestra, Concierto serenata: Estudiantina, Toccata, French Suite No. 6 in E, BWV 817: Allemande & Courante, Ich ruf' zu dir, BWV 639, Two Sonatas in A, K 208: Andante, Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C Major, K.299 - III Rondeau. Allegro, Romeo and Juliet: Aubade, Two Sonatas in A, K 208: Cantabile
Albums A Celebration for Harp, Mozart: Flute Concertos (Orpheus CO)
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress
Movies RoboCop, Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, RoboCop 2, RoboCop 3, 1941, Poltergeist III, Out of Sight, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, The Philadelphia Experiment, The Last Detail, Home Movies, Strange Invaders, Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return, Acting on Impulse, Limit Up, Kiss Toledo Goodbye, The Buddy System, Dusting Cliff 7, Not for Publication, Terror in the Aisles, The Man Who Wouldn't Die, Secret of the Andes, Sweet Revenge, The Patriots, Against the Law, Bound by Flesh, My Apocalypse, The Gladiator, Memories of Murder, Circuit, Forced Entry, Maximum Overdrive, The Pass
TV Shows Another Life
Appeared with Bob Gale at a weSpark benefit double feature of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" & "1941" at the New Beverly Cinema in Hollywood California [October 2008]
She was at "weSPARKLE NIGHT - Take ll" which was a benefit for weSPARK Cancer Support Center in Sherman Oaks founded by Wendie Jo Sperber. It was hosted by John Ritter & Katey Sagal and took place at the El Portal Theatre in California, USA. [April 2003]
Appeared with P.J. Soles at a Carrie (1976) screening on Hollywood Blvd. [August 2002]
Was a last minute replacement for the role of Anne Lewis in RoboCop (1987) as Stephanie Zimbalist who was previously cast in this role was under contract with MGM and was call back to reprise her role as Laura Holt in Remington Steele (1982) for the 5th season.
Originally auditioned for the role of Carrie White in Carrie (1976), while Sissy Spacek read for the role of high school bitch Chris Hargensen, but director Brian De Palma decided to have them swap roles.
While filming 1941 (1979) she took part in a betting pool on when the house would collapse in the final scene of the film. Dan Akyroyd eventually won that bet.
[on being used often by husband Brian De Palma] If other people want to put me down, my work has to stand on its own. He can cast me in a film, and if I'm going to be bad, I'm going to be bad because of me, not because of him. If I'm going to be good because of me, not because of him. It is frustrating.
[on women's roles currently] I argue with Brian constantly about this. I don't think it's only him. I think he employs women much more than most directors do, but I am constantly frustrated and angry by the kind of parts and the lack of material that's written for women. I applauded Vincent Cannby's piece in the 'Times' when he talked about how women are either the helpless victim or they are the pretty prop on the side of the man. They are never real people. They are never fully flushed out characters. Briann and I had a knock-down-drag-out fight about this. I kept saying what about those great movies of the Forties? People love those films; they had wonderful women characters.
[on not having acted for ten years] I haven't quit but I'm not going to do anything unless something comes along and I get excited about it. I hope it does. I miss acting. I love acting. I was recently at Universal, doing a fundraiser, and it reminded me of the first time walking onto a soundstage, going, "Oh! This is where I belong."
When I was 22 - my brother and his partner and another friend of ours, we all took acid and went to three different parties. All I could see were people trying desperately to have a good time. I said, "Get me home. I can't look at this!" So maybe I was traumatized early on and it stayed with me.
I feel very, very blessed. It's like a guardian angel guided me into all the right streets, all the right turns. I'm very happy with my career and I want to make more movies!
[on hearing there was an animated Robocop series]: "I didn't know that there were a animated series until my maid told me. "Oh, my kids watch RoboCop," and I asked: Really? Where? and she turned on the TV. The series are great I think, just to see Lewis running from one side to another, was awesome."
[Talking about making RoboCop 2 (1990)]: "I didn't have the best experience on the second film, it's a personal thing, too, wanting to work things out. I felt so good about our work in the first one, and something happened on the second one-it just wasn't good chemistry for me. To me, the character didn't even resemble Lewis from the first film."
[Further talking about RoboCop 2 (1990)]: "In my opinion I don't think anything is missing from the film. Movies has to be brought in on a certain time limit and generally in a action film character will suffer."
[on her reaction to hearing about RoboCop 2 (1990)]: "I suppose this was the first thing that made me think about making a sequel, because they used to say "well, she is going to return as a robot..." I never thought that as a real possibility, because everybody expected it, if you're going to make a sequel, you cannot stay with the predictable. I think I wouldn't like to play a robot, I don't know how Peter manages it, I suffer from claustrophobia! If I have to tell the truth I never thought to make a sequel, when people used to talk about it I thought that was ridiculous. The first time that I seriously thought about it was when Jon Davidson (the producer) called. "You know it, right? RoboCop2?" then I thought: "oh, that's interesting"
"There's nothing more uncomfortable than wearing black lingerie." - Talking about the climax of Dressed to Kill (1980).
"Because of how good he is at this job, that made it really easy for me" - talking about co-star Peter Weller in 1988.
"He brought heart and soul to it and a warmth that didn't exist on the page." - about her co-star John Travolta's performance in Blow Out (1981).