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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameNancy Anne Allen
Nickname The Scream Queen
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nancy Anne Allen was the daughter of a police lieutenant from Yonkers, New York. At a young age, she trained for a dancing career at the High School of Performing Arts, and then attended Jose Quintano's School for Young Professionals. In dozens of television commercials from the age of 15, Nancy made her first film appearance in The Last Detail (1973) with Jack Nicholson. Three years later, she set the standard for all future "bitch-goddess teenagers" as Chris Hargensen in Stephen King's Carrie (1976), taken to the big screen by director Brian De Palma. Nancy then married De Palma in 1979. She next appeared in Steven Spielberg's I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978); for the next few years, she appeared only in De Palma's films: Home Movies (1979), Dressed to Kill (1980), and she starred with John Travolta in Blow Out (1981).

After her divorce from De Palma in 1984, Nancy's film opportunities were supposedly narrowed, but then she surprised the whole world in 1987 when she performed as Officer Anne Lewis in the sci-fi cult film RoboCop (1987), along with Peter Weller. Here, she set another standard as a tough but at the same time feminine policewoman, whose sex would not interfere with her actions. After the success of RoboCop, she performed as Patricia Gardner in the second sequel in the Poltergeist series. She came back in RoboCop 2 (1990) and in order to get more involved with the character Nancy Allen learned martial arts and police training for real. She returned again in RoboCop 3 (1993), though her co-star Peter Weller did not this time. In 1993, Nancy joined several other veteran stars in Acting on Impulse (1993), and married co-star Craig Shoemaker, in the same year. A few years later, she divorced Craig and some time after she married again.

Later, she appeared in some diverse films: Dusting Cliff 7 (1997) Secret of the Andes (1998), Circuit (2001), and she had a guest appearance in Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998). Her last performance was for the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), in the episode "Escape" aired on December 2, 2003. Allen has recently appeared in several documentaries about her most famous films: Acting 'Carrie' (2001), _DVD BackStory: RoboCop (2001)_, The Making of 'Dressed to Kill' (2001), DVD _ET True Hollywood Stories: The Curse of Poltergeist (2002)_.

Interested in projecting the image of a strong but at the same time feminine woman, she managed to get away from the victim roles she was always offered, she also was able to get away from the stereotype of the beautiful but dumb woman in most action films. She is an environmentalist that traded her Volvo car for an Hybrid car in order to set the example. She is also an activist against breast Cancer along with her friend actress Wendie Jo Sperber, who created the foundation WeSpark. Her last appearance on television was on the Inside E! story of her co-star John Travolta and the A&E Biography of Travolta - both appearances in 2004. Nowadays, Nancy Allen lives a quiet life along with her family and friends somewhere in the United States.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Eva Dalila Rojano, thanks to Derek Hazell nancy_tribute@hotmail.com

Spouse (3)

Randy Bailey (June 1998 - 17 May 2007) ( divorced)
Craig Shoemaker (6 September 1992 - 1994) ( divorced)
Brian De Palma (12 January 1979 - 1984) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Often cast by her ex-husband Brian De Palma

Trivia (14)

Trained for a dancing career at the High School of Performing Arts
Attended Leonard Quintano's School for Young Professionals.
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).
Her father was a police sergeant in New York and her most famous role is a policewoman named Anne Lewis.
Said the hardest part of filming Dressed to Kill (1980) was wearing black lingerie, which she found very uncomfortable.
Aunt of Eugene Allen and cousin of comedian Jim Breuer.
Her then-husband Brian De Palma specifically wrote the role of the hooker in Dressed to Kill (1980) with her in mind.
While filming 1941 (1979) she took part in a betting pool on when the house would collapse in the film's final scene. Dan Aykroyd eventually won that bet.
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.
She 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).
She 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 fifth season.
Appeared with P.J. Soles at the screening of Carrie (1976) on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. [August 2002]
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 and Katey Sagal and took place at the El Portal Theatre in El Portal, California. [April 2003]
Appeared with Bob Gale at a weSpark benefit double feature of I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) and 1941 (1979) at the New Beverly Cinema in Hollywood, California. [October 2008]

Personal Quotes (12)

[on her co-star John Travolta's performance in Blow Out (1981)] He brought heart and soul to it and a warmth that didn't exist on page.
[1988, on her RoboCop (1987) co-star Peter Weller] Because of how good he is at this job, that made it easy for me.
[on the climax of Dressed to Kill (1980)] There's nothing more uncomfortable than wearing black lingerie.
[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."
[Furthermore 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 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.
[on hearing there was an animated Robocop series] I didn't know that there were an animated series until my maid told me. "Oh, my kids watch RoboCop," and I asked: Really? Where? and she turned on the television. The series are great I think, just to see Lewis running from one side to another, was awesome.
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!
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.
[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."
[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. Brian 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 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.

Salary (1)

Carrie (1976) $600 a week

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