Nanette Fabray

Nanette Fabray (born Ruby Bernadette Nanette Theresa Fabares; October 27, 1920 – February 22, 2018) was an American actress, singer, and dancer. She began her career performing in vaudeville as a child and became a musical-theatre actress during the 1940s and 1950s, acclaimed for her role in High Button Shoes (1947) and winning a Tony Award in 1949 for her performance in Love Life. In the mid-1950s, she served as Sid Caesar's comedic partner on Caesar's Hour, for which she won three Emmy Awards, as well as co-starring with Fred Astaire in the film musical The Band Wagon. From 1979 to 1984, she appeared as Katherine Romano, the mother of lead character Ann Romano, on the TV series One Day at a Time. She also appeared as the mother of Christine Armstrong (played by her niece Shelley Fabares) in the television series "Coach."

Fabray overcame a significant hearing impairment and was a long-time advocate for the rights of the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Her honors for representing the handicapped included the President's Distinguished Service Award and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 27, 1920 (San Diego), Died February 22, 2018 (Palos Verdes Peninsula)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950 - 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 75892 2/27/1950 Curtain music (Instrumental) A girl with a flame Nanette Fabray vocalist  
Decca 75894 2/27/1950 I like it here Nanette Fabray ; Georges Guetary vocalist  
Decca 75895 2/27/1950 That's my fella Nanette Fabray vocalist  
Decca 75896 2/27/1950 A cow and a plow and a frau Nanette Fabray ; Georges Guetary vocalist  
Decca 75898 2/27/1950 He will tonight ; You kissed me Nanette Fabray ; Georges Guetary vocalist  
Decca 89322 2/7/1956 Don't take me for granted Nanette Fabray vocalist  
Decca 89323 2/7/1956 How soon (will I be seeing you) Nanette Fabray vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fabray, Nanette," accessed July 4, 2022,

Fabray, Nanette. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 4, 2022, from

"Fabray, Nanette." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 4 July 2022.

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