Nancy Dussault

Nancy Dussault (born June 30, 1936) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role in the sitcom Too Close for Comfort (1980–1987). In a career spanning over half a century, Dussault received two Tony Award nominations.

Nancy Dussault
Dussault in 2010
BornJune 30, 1936 (age 82)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationNorthwestern University
OccupationActress & Singer
Years active1961–present
James Dunton Travis
(m. 1958; div. 1982)

Valentine Mayer (m. 1985)

Early life

Born in Pensacola, Florida, her parents were George Adrian, a naval officer of French-Canadian descent and Sarah Isabel (née Seitz).[1] She grew up as a "Navy junior". A former resident of Arlington, Virginia, she graduated from Washington-Lee High School (W-L) where she was an actress and singer in the W-L drama program under director Jack Jeglum and a choral singer in the nationally known Washington-Lee High School Choir and Madrigal Singers under director Florence Booker. She is an alumna of Northwestern University.


In 1962, Dussault stepped into the role of Maria in the Broadway production of The Sound of Music. She received a Tony Award nomination in 1961 for Best Featured Actress (Musical) for Do Re Mi and was nominated for her performance in Bajour (1965). Of her performance in Do Re Mi and later career, Bloom and Vlastnik wrote: "Confidently clowning alongside such pros as Phil Silvers and Nancy Walker...she never faded into the scenery. Equally comfortable as a pure soprano or a rangy high belter, her versatility was well captured on the...cast album...Well cast as a situation comedy wife, she spent much of the 1970s and 80s in California." [2] Other stage shows included Quality Street in 1965 at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania.[3] She also appeared in the City Center Gilbert & Sullivan NYC Company, directed by Dorothy Raedler, with such Metropolitan Opera singers as Nico Castel, Muriel Costa-Greenspon, and Frank Poretta, Sr. Dussault took over as the Witch in Into the Woods on Broadway (1987–1989). She had appeared twelve years earlier in the revue Side by Side by Sondheim on Broadway.


In Arthur Hiller's 1979 film, The In-Laws, she played Carol Kornpett, wife of Alan Arkin who played Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.


On television, she was a regular on the 1970s series The New Dick Van Dyke Show and the long running CBS game show Match Game. She also played Ted Knight's wife in the role of the photographer Muriel Rush on the 1980s situation comedy Too Close for Comfort. She was part of the first anchor team of Good Morning America, paired with David Hartman, when the show launched in 1975. She was the first actress to portray the character of Theresa Stemple, the mother of character Jamie Stemple Buchman, in season one of the NBC TV series Mad About You.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1961 15th Tony Awards Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Do Re Mi
1965 19th Tony Awards Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical


  1. ^ Biography, accessed September 3, 2009
  2. ^ Bloom, Ken; Vlastnik, Frank (2004). Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time. Black Dog Publishing. ISBN 1-57912-390-2, p. 87
  3. ^ 1965: Bucks County Playhouse Archived 2013-06-20 at the Wayback Machine., Bucks County Playhouse official website (2009)

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Preceded by
Good Morning America co-host
November 3, 1975–August 5, 1977
with David Hartman
Succeeded by
Sandy Hill as David Hartman's co-host from 1977 to 1980
15th Tony Awards

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Below is a list of television-related events during 1936.

19th Tony Awards

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Bajour (musical)

Bajour is a musical with a book by Ernest Kinoy and music and lyrics by Walter Marks. The musical is based on the Joseph Mitchell short stories The Gypsy Women and The King of the Gypsies published in The New Yorker. The title is allegedly a Romani word for a con game in which lonely and unhappy women are swindled out of their life savings.

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Dussault is a French surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Ann Mary Dussault (born 1946), American politician

Bona Dussault (1882–1953), Canadian politician

Dominique Dussault (born 1954), French singer

Jean Dussault (1941–2003), Canadian endocrinologist

Jean Joseph Dussault (1769–1824), French librarian, journalist and literary critic

Joseph-Étienne Dussault (1884–1943), Canadian politician

Louisette Dussault (born 1940), Canadian actor and writer

Marcel Dussault (1926–2014), French cyclist

Nancy Dussault (born 1936), American singer and actress

Norm Dussault (1925–2012), American ice hockey

Rebecca Ann Quinn Dussault (born 1980), American cross-country skier

Roland Dussault (born 1940), Canadian politician

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