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Nancy Allen

Biography

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.

Quick Facts


Full Name Nancy Allen
Height 1.68 m
Profession Actor, Activist
Education High School of Performing Arts
Nationality American
Spouse Randy Bailey, Craig Shoemaker, Brian De Palma
Parents Eugene Allen, Florence Allen
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


  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1 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]
2 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]
3 Appeared with P.J. Soles at a Carrie (1976) screening on Hollywood Blvd. [August 2002]
4 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.
5 Worked in four movies directed by her ex-husband Brian De Palma: Carrie (1976), Home Movies (1979), Dressed to Kill (1980) and Blow Out (1981).
6 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.
7 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.
8 Her then-husband Brian De Palma specifically wrote the role of the hooker in Dressed to Kill (1980) with her in mind.
9 Aunt of Eugene Allen and cousin of comedian Jim Breuer.
10 Said the hardest part of filming Dressed to Kill (1980) was wearing black lingerie, which she found very uncomfortable.
11 Her father was a police sergeant in New York and her most famous role is a policewoman named Anne Lewis.
12 Nancy and her RoboCop (1987) star Peter Weller were both born on June 24th, three years apart (Nancy was born in 1950, Weller was born in 1947).
13 Attended Leonard Quintano's School for Young Professionals.
14 Trained for a dancing career at the High School of Performing Arts


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Apocalypse 2008/I Linda Savage
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 TV Series Carin Healy
The Division 2002 TV Series Christine Ogden
Circuit 2001 Louise
Judging Amy 2001 TV Series Helen White
Kiss Toledo Goodbye 1999 Madge
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return 1999 Video Rachel
Secret of the Andes 1998 Brenda Willings
Out of Sight 1998 Midge
The Pass 1998 Shirley Duprey
Against the Law 1997 Maggie Hewitt
Dusting Cliff 7 1997 Anna Bishop
The Commish 1995 TV Series Gina Raposo
The Outer Limits 1995 TV Series Rachel Rose
Touched by an Angel 1994 TV Series Megan
The Patriots 1994 Catherine Pelman
The Man Who Wouldn't Die 1994 TV Movie Jessie Gallardo
Acting on Impulse 1993 TV Movie Cathy Thomas
RoboCop 3 1993 Officer Anne Lewis
Memories of Murder 1990 TV Movie Alice
RoboCop 2 1990 Anne Lewis
Limit Up 1989 Casey Falls
Poltergeist III 1988 Patricia Wilson-Gardner
RoboCop 1987 Officer Anne Lewis
Sweet Revenge 1987/I Jillian Grey
The Gladiator 1986 TV Movie Susan Neville
Not for Publication 1984 Lois
The Philadelphia Experiment 1984 Allison Hayes
Faerie Tale Theatre 1984 TV Series Princess Elizabeth
The Buddy System 1984 Carrie
Strange Invaders 1983 Betty Walker
Blow Out 1981 Sally
Another Life 1981 TV Series Paula James (1983-84)
Dressed to Kill 1980 Liz Blake
1941 1979 Donna Stratton
Home Movies 1979 Kristina
I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978 Pam Mitchell
Carrie 1976 Chris Hargensen
Forced Entry 1975 Hitch Hiker
The Last Detail 1973 Nancy

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Apocalypse 2008/I performer: "Everybody Be Gay"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dogma 1999 the producers would like to thank

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
RoboDoc: The Creation of Robocop 2017 Documentary Herself
Corporate Wars: The Making of 'RoboCop 2' 2017 Video documentary short Herself
Delta City Shuffle: The Making of 'RoboCop 3' 2017 Video documentary short Herself
Reflections: An Interview with Actress Nancy Allen 2017 Video documentary short Herself
More Acting 'Carrie' 2016 Video documentary short Herself
Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond 2016 Documentary Herself
Nancy Allen on Dressed to Kill 2015 Video short Herself
Top 40 Ultimate Action Movies 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself / Officer Anne Lewis
Teens Wanna Know 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Dressed in Purple: Nancy Allen on 'Dressed to Kill' 2012 Video documentary short Herself
Rag Doll Memories: Nancy Allen on 'Blow Out' 2012 Video short Herself
Bound by Flesh 2012 Documentary voice
Greatest Ever 80s Movies 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
RoboCop: Creating a Legend 2007 Video documentary short Anne Lewis
Backstory 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
John Travolta: The Inside Story 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
Street Smarts 2003 TV Series Herself
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The Colin Quinn Show 2002 TV Series Herself - Guest
Acting 'Carrie' 2001 Video documentary short Herself
Slashing 'Dressed to Kill' 2001 Video documentary short Herself
The Making of 'Dressed to Kill' 2001 Video documentary short Herself
Open Mic 2001 Documentary Herself
The Directors 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
The Jim Breuer Show 1998 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Full Wax 1992 TV Series Herself - Guest
Showbiz Today 1991 TV Series Herself
American Experience 1988 TV Series documentary Herself
The Making of 'RoboCop' 1987 TV Short documentary Herself
Terror in the Aisles 1984 Documentary Herself - Hostess
The Merv Griffin Show 1980 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Outer Limits 1998 TV Series Rachel Rose
The Making of '1941' 1996 Video documentary Donna Stratton (uncredited)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress RoboCop 3 (1993)
1988 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actress RoboCop (1987)
1985 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actress The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
1981 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Female Dressed to Kill (1980)
1981 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actress Dressed to Kill (1980)
1980 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actress Dressed to Kill (1980)

TitleSalary
Carrie (1976) $600 a week

#Quote
1 [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.
2 [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.
3 [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."
4 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.
5 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!
6 [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."
7 [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."
8 [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."
9 [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"
10 "There's nothing more uncomfortable than wearing black lingerie." - Talking about the climax of Dressed to Kill (1980).
11 "Because of how good he is at this job, that made it really easy for me" - talking about co-star Peter Weller in 1988.
12 "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).

#Trademark
1 Often cast by her ex-husband Brian De Palma

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