Get set to watch tonight’s 58th Annual Emmy Awards on NBC (8 p.m.EST)! In celebration, we’ve chosen to highlight one of the medium’s most versatile performers, Nanette Fabray. Fifty Emmys-years ago, at the 1956 Emmy Awards ceremony, Fabray won an Emmy for Best Comedienne (winning out against nominees Gracie Allen, Eve Arden, Lucille Ball and Ann Sothern) AND she picked up an Emmy for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work on Caesar’s Hour!
Her 3-hour Archive of American Television interview is available for viewing on Google Video.
Click here to access all Nanette Fabray interview segments. Remember, if you’d like to watch the interview in chronological order, select the parts in order (1,2,3…).
About the interview:
Fabray talks about her early years in theater and in early experimental television where she served as an NBC “color girl” — where women of particular complexions were cast to calibrate the then-new color cameras. She speaks in great detail about her work with Sid Caesar on the variety series Caesar’s Hour — including some of the series most memorable comedy sketches including “Shadow Waltz” (a take-off on Your Hit Parade) and “The Commuters” (a recurring high-strung-husband and his wife sketch). She discusses her own short-lived series Yes Yes Nanette as well as guest appearances on such series as The Carol Burnett Show, The Jerry Lewis Show, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (she played Mary’s mom). She talks about her recurring role on the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time, where she plays Ann Romano’s mother. She also discusses her passion for raising awareness of hearing impairment issues. The interview was conducted by Jennifer Howard on August 12, 2004.