Saturday, September 10, 2011
She was beautiful, glamorous and talented; equally adroit at musicals, comedy, drama and romance; an Oscar-nominated superstar and reportedly the #1 fan mail draw of her time. But Nancy Carroll is all but forgotten today - why? Supposedly, her prickly personality, temperamental outbursts and demands made her persona non grata at Paramount, her home studio; she briefly moved to the decidedly lower-rent Columbia, but by 1938, Carroll had effectively retired from the screen. She appeared in the early television series The Aldrich Family (1950-51), and returned to her stage roots. Carroll was found dead of a heart attack after failure to arrive at the theatre for a performance in 1965; she was 60 years old.