During the 1960s, American actress Nancy Kulp was a star, and a number of people around the world became familiar with her. She played a variety of roles in movies, television and theatres, and won a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in The Night of the Grizzly.
Nancy Kulp was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA on August 28, 1921. She was the daughter of Robert I. Kulp and Marjorie S. Kulp, who were both salesmen. She studied at Florida State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She later went on to earn a master’s degree in French and English from the University of Miami. In 1943, she joined the US Navy Reserve and received several honors during her service. In 1946, she was discharged from the Reserve. She received an American Campaign Medal for her service.
Nancy Kulp’s father, Robert Tilden Kulp, was a salesman. After his death, her mother, Marjorie S. Kulp, raised her. In 1935, they moved to Florida. During this time, Kulp wrote for the Miami Beach Tropics newspaper.
In the early 1950s, she began her acting career, appearing in several minor roles in movies, television shows and theatres. She was later convinced to take up an acting career by director George Cukor. She later joined the cast of the Bob Cummings Show. She appeared in several other television shows, including The Life of Riley and The Thin Man. She also appeared in The Three Faces of Eve and Sabrina. In 1960, she appeared in the episode “Kill with Kindness” of the ABC/WB detective series, “Bourbon Street Beat.” In 1966, she starred in The Night of the Grizzly and Who’s Minding the Store.
In addition to her acting career, Kulp taught acting at Juniata College. She was diagnosed with cancer in 1990, and was later buried at Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. She died on February 3, 1991, at the age of 69. At the time of her death, she had an estimated net worth of $1 million.
Before she became famous for her acting, Kulp worked as a writer, linguist and teacher. She was a member of the women’s branch of the United States Naval Reserve during World War II. She joined the Naval Reserve in 1944, and was honorably discharged in 1946. She later served as a lieutenant in the women’s division of the United States Naval Reserve. She received the rank of Junior Grade Lieutenant. In 1966, Kulp appeared in her final role, playing Wilhelmina Peterson in “The Night of the Grizzly.”
After her marriage to Charles Malcolm Dacus in 1951, Nancy Kulp moved to Hollywood, California. She and Charles divorced in 1961, and she left him everything. The two had no children together. Kulp then married another man. But their relationship did not last.
Nancy Kulp had a long, rich life. She was diagnosed with cancer in 1990, but she fought it until the end. She died at the age of 69 in Palm Desert, California.