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Subject: ARCHIVE: January 5, 2001 ~Character actress Nancy Parsons, best known for her comedic role in 1980s raunchy film series, "Porky's", as gym coach 'Beulah Balbricker', dies of complication of diabetes, at age 58. ...

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Date Posted: Friday, January 05, 01:39:28pm

Nancy Parsons
[Nancy Anne Parsons ]
January 17, 1942 - January 5, 2001)

Nancy Parsons, was born in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, to Mary and Charles Parson. She had two siblings -- Mary Parsons and Theresa Macrae. When she was 17, her father remarried (to Genevieve Stack), and relocated with his second wife, and daughters to South Pasadena, CA. It was here that the acting bug first bit, when she appeared in the senior play and was subsequently given a full scholarship to the famed Pasadena Playhouse; 1960-1962. In her two years there, she appeared in some of the great works of Edward Albee, Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams, Max Bollinger, William Shakespeare, etc.

...Nancy married Alan Hipwell immediately after graduation and gave birth to Elizabeth Hipwell, on November 3, 1964, and to Margaret Hipwell, on October 7, 1969. She returned to acting after divorcing her husband. While at UCLA, completing a theatre degree, she won the Hugh O'Brien Award; an event that launched her career. This award drew her to her lifelong friend and agent Susan Smith. American actress. She was best known for her role as Beulah Balbricker in the 1982 cult film Porky's and its sequels. ...

She also played 'Ida' in "Motel Hell" (1980),
with veteran actor Rory Calhoun. ..

Parsons made guest appearances in several TV shows, including Remington Steele,
Baretta, Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files, Lou Grant, Family Ties, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. ..

Throughout her career, she garnered a Family Film Award for Best Actress in Porky's Revenge (1985), an Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Motel Hell (1980), a Dramalogue Award for the play "Dead End At Sunset," and a woman of the year award from the Alumni Association of her alma mater, The Pasadena Playhouse.

Sadly, Nancy Parsons died January 5, 2001, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, from diabetes and congestive heart failure.
She was only 58. She was survived by her two daughters, and is buried at Viroqua Cemetery in Viroqua, WI. ...

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