Nanette Fabray

  • Born: October 27, 1920
  • Died: February 22, 2018
  • Location: Palos Verdes, California


Award-winning actress and humanitarian…

Nanette Fabray, an Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and humanitarian, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 of natural causes, according to multiple news sources. She was 97. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I personally appreciate that Nanette did so much for the hard of hearing! I truly appreciate her efforts regarding the closed captioning on the tv! I also appreciated her in her roles and her humor.
You have my deepest condolences. When someone like Nanette dies, they become a memory, and the memory becomes a treasure. She gave us many memories to treasure.
May you find comfort in knowing that God keeps those who have passed away in death in his memory because they are precious to him. (Psalms 116:15) Please, find peace in knowing that He understands your grief and that He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6, 7)
May you also find comfort in the support of your family and friends.
Sincerely, keo

Posted by A friend   January 09, 2019

I saw Nanette , as a child, at The Dallas Summer Musicals when they were held outdoors. Nanette waa singing when a bug fkew in her mouth. I loved her on The Little Rascals and with Sid Caesar whom I saw at al Dinner Playhouse in Dallas.

Posted by Joan Mulcahy - Dallas, TX - friend   December 24, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose someone in death. Our heavenly father is very aware and understand the pain you feeling. He gives us comfort through the scriptures (Psalms 86:6,7). Your family has my deepest sympathy.

Posted by A Friend    October 27, 2018

My condolences to family and friends.Ms. Fabray was a special person her smile and her humor kept me watching. Phillipians4:6-7 He grants peace beyond all understanding. God has her in his memory.

Posted by Rose Hoyos - Phx   October 24, 2018

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

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Posted by YVONNE MISKECH - North Las Vegas, NV   March 19, 2018

I will carry with me always the warmth of Nanette's loving heart, joy of life, caring nature and contagious enthusiasm!
I was blessed to be able to meet and talk with her at length after a play (Plaza Suite) in Milwaukee in the early 70's, when I was a teen. What started as a few questions for a school project she quickly turned personal, and Nanette was so generous with her time and of herself.

(I still have her signature/the playbill!)
Nanette was so warm, and excited about my future, and so encouraging... it was like I got to be her kid for the day.

She also spoke into my life about pursuing drama as more than just a class. At the time I didn't see that happening; but God must have showed her something, as later in life I became part of a church Drama Troupe that used skits in ministry to many persons in prison, youth shelters, and other crossroads-of-life situations.

But mostly, I will never forget Nanette's "Mom-love" heart.

So to Nanette's son and family; I celebrate with you the joy of having had this wonderful lady in your lives!

Posted by Bobbi Van R - Saint Paul, MN   March 14, 2018

Posted by KN - CA   March 07, 2018

I was a big fan of Nanette Fabray's griwing up in Ohio. We all gathered around the tv to watch her on Sid Caesar's show, and marveled at her great comedic timing and talent. I watched the Carol Burnett show where she sang and signed Somewhere Over The Rainbow with such tender sweetness. She did a comedic sketch on the Jack Benny Show that was hilarious. She could tap dance, and do whatever it took to entertain. Some years ago I met her at a concert in Costa Mesa, and introduced myself and was able to express how much I enjoyed her work. She was most delightful and it was a privilege to meet her. I'm glad she enjoyed a long successful and rewarding life. You were blessed.

Posted by Rosalie Lynn Friedman - Corona Del Mar, CA   March 05, 2018

Dear Fabray Family Rory and I wish to extend our condolences's on the loss of Nanette.she'll be surely missed.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - newton centre/brighton, MA   March 04, 2018

My Mum and I used to have many laughs from Ms. Nanette Fabray. She was so funny. Funniest scene was when she was driving it learning to drive and wearing a floppy hat.
She will be missed by many! May she Rest In Peace.
denise elizabeth hayes smith

Posted by Elizabeth Smith - Austin, TX   March 03, 2018

Nanette what a beautiful lady ...always a smile

Posted by Doris Lindsay - MS   March 03, 2018

Celebrating a life well lived. May the family find comfort in the memories of their loved one always.

Posted by Liz C - MO   March 03, 2018

My condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Nanette Fabray. I always enjoyed her on TV, she seemed to have an inner light that was always shining. May the God of tender mercies comfort you during this time of grief.

Posted by A friend   March 03, 2018

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the family at this most difficult time. Please be assured that God will help you to cope with the heavy weight of your loss. Blessed be the Almighty God who daily carries the load for us. With caring thoughts.

Posted by Evans family    March 03, 2018


I am so sorry for your loss Nanette is a wonderful actress I love her she will sadly miss

Posted by Georgia Velasquez - Denver, CO   March 02, 2018

Nanette, you left me with wonderful memories of your voice, your laughter and your very bright lived a long and memorable life and you are now in the arms of our Dear Lord Jesus.....Rest In Peace My Dear

Posted by Valerie Logozzo - Burleson, TX   March 02, 2018


So much a part of my younger years. Sincere condolences and prayers to and for Nanette Fabray's family. She was a great entertainer.

Posted by Vicki Foster - Houston, TX   March 02, 2018

I'll remember you always.
And remember your comment on finding out you had hearing impairment. I know that feeling. Yet you accomplished so much in your life. Thank you.

Posted by LaNell Barrett - Naples, FL   March 02, 2018



Posted by A friend   March 02, 2018

I am such a huge fan of Ms. Fabray's. Enjoyed her movies. So very sorry for your loss. Wishing your family God's comfort and peace during this time.

Posted by A friend   March 01, 2018

My condolences to the family of Nanette Fabray, for your loss may God bless you this time of sadness,I seen her many TV show over the years did not know she was a member of the National Captioning Institute, I have a friend who benefits from that program Great Job!.

Posted by - Cleveland, OH   March 01, 2018

Nanette Fabray was such a delightful lady; displaying elegance and grace. I am surprised to learn of her many valuable contributions and philanthropy. To her family and friends, my condolences. May the God who " binds up the brokenhearted and comforts those who mourn", sustain you all during this very difficult time.

Posted by Gaila - FL   February 28, 2018

As someone also hearing impaired, I am so thankful for the work of this beloved woman who spearheaded the campaign for close-captioning.
May God's peace be with her son and grandchildren. Philippians 4:6,7

Posted by R. Carr - Suwanee, GA   February 27, 2018


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Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   February 26, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the family I used to watch her on tv when I was much younger She always had a beautiful smile May you have peace

Posted by A friend   February 26, 2018

Just recently listened to the wonderful Nanette Fabray in "Mr. President", and will have to listen once again. Infectious energy, great interpretation of the musical score with emotion and charm. I have longed for this musical to be revived, hopefully with Nanette. It closed too quickly.
You will be greatly missed dear lady.

Posted by RAI - Phoenix, AZ   February 26, 2018

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by frank stallone - methuen, MA   February 26, 2018

I met Ms. Fabray after a play in Miami in 1989. What a great actress and a nice lady.

Posted by John Cirran - Ocean City, MD   February 26, 2018

My condolences are with the family and friends of Nanette Fabray on the loss of your dear mother and grandmother. May the hope that God's word gives us for those we lost in death be comforting, faith building and encouraging to you (John 6:40)

Posted by TEE - FL   February 26, 2018

Please accept my condolences. She was a wonderful performer and a great advocate for those with hearing loss. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Debra O'Connell - Wallingford, CT   February 26, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by nancy williams - Dresden, OH   February 26, 2018

My condolences to the family. Miss Nanette was a champion at a time when it was unheard of to stand up for those with disabilities. That says a lot for her strong character. A true trailblazer. May the peace of God that axcells all thoughts be with you at this most trying time.

Posted by - Jacksonville, FL   February 26, 2018

Ms. Fabray was always so cheerfully energetic and upbeat! I can only imagine how dearly she will be missed. My heart & prayers go out to all who love her. <3>

Posted by ADreanen Antoun - Anderson, CA   February 26, 2018

Thank-you for the laughter. Honesty on bringing deafness to the public forefront , and your countless TV talk show visits. Eternal peace be with you. A Real first class entertainer.

Posted by Chuck Gliniak - Easthampton, MA   February 25, 2018

A true legend and a rare gem in the entertainment business. Nanette will be missed.

Posted by Randy Johnson - Gadsden, AL   February 25, 2018

With heartfelt sympathy. Please accept my deepest condolences. May you continue to cherish her precious memories. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort to offer you comfort and the strength to endure during these difficult times ahead.

Posted by A friend   February 25, 2018


Thanks for the memories, Nanette Fabray. Rest in Peace

Posted by Kathryn Irby - Gulfport, MS   February 25, 2018

a lovely lady who gave the world many years of happiness and laughter. now she's in the hands of god to share with the heavens.

Posted by Jeffery Bouchez - Bartonville, IL   February 25, 2018

To all those who loved Nanette. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Nanette was truly a wonderful person and extremely talented actress. Sincerely Kim Regan

Posted by Kim Regan - Levittown, NY   February 25, 2018

Friends and family of Nanette my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you.
May you gain comfort from the words in the Bible at Job chapter 14 verses 14,15. May they give you peace in your hearts.

Posted by Connie - FL   February 25, 2018

With heartfelt sympathy .Please accept my deepest condolences. May you continue to cherish her precious memories together. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort to offer you comfort and to give you the strength to endure during these difficult times ahead.

Posted by Taylor    February 25, 2018

Posted by Terri Reynolds - Rochester, NY   February 24, 2018


I'm sorry to read about this amazing beautiful actresses' heartfelt condolences to the Son, Grandchildren and Friends of Nanette.....

Posted by A fan - CA   February 24, 2018

My condolences to the family of Ms. Fabray. She will be missed. Please know God will provide solace at this stressful time. Psalms 86:17.

Posted by A friend   February 24, 2018


Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   February 24, 2018

A beautiful person and so funny , thank you for all the great memories and laughs , Now a beautiful Angel. Condolences to her family.

Posted by - NH   February 24, 2018

Thanks for the memories!

Posted by A friend   February 24, 2018


Rest in peace.

Posted by - Roselle, NJ   February 24, 2018



Posted by Glen James Hausfeld - Minneapolis, MN   February 24, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

Posted by Hope Constant-Carter - Fort Washington, MD   February 24, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Fabray and extend my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. I truly enjoyed her many performances and contributions to the arts over years. May your precious and treasured memories comfort and strengthen you during your time of grief.

Posted by - IL   February 24, 2018

Family of Nanette Fabray, I'm very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort, comfort your family at this most difficult time in your families life.

Posted by C R - IL   February 24, 2018


Godspeed Nanette, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   February 24, 2018

Such a warm, wonderful, talented woman! She will be missed.

Posted by Carol Ann - CT   February 24, 2018

My mother had a hearing loss and so I did admire Nanette for speaking out for those who had disabilities. I enjoyed her acting. My sincere condolences are sent to the family at this time.

Posted by B. Joyce Washington - Spartanbrg, SC   February 24, 2018


So sorry to hear of the passing of Nanette Fabray. My thoughts, prayers & condolences go out to her family & friends. I enjoyed all of her performances on t.v., especially on "Caesar's Hour" and in the movie "The Band Wagon." She was a most talented and likeable lady & will be missed, but her body of work & her humanitarian efforts will be her legacy. May she rest in eternal peace and may the perpetual light shine upon her.

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Posted by c r - PA   February 24, 2018

God Bless Nanette Fabray

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Posted by Joan Walton - Columbus, GA   February 24, 2018

I always liked Nanette Fabares. I had no idea just how incredible she was until reading this obituary. A beautiful life, well-lived. RIP, dear soul.

Posted by Carol Hansen - Oakdale, NY   February 24, 2018

Nan's Son, Family, Fans,

Our condolences on the passing of your dear loved one. She was a very funny and wonderful actress. We miss her. Our prayers are with you. God is our refuge and strength.-PS.46:1

Posted by A friend   February 24, 2018

Sincerest sympathy to her family. May she Rest In Peace. I always enjoyed the shows she was in when I was a young girl. Left lots of good memories!!o

Posted by Irene - PA   February 24, 2018

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adtian Barnette - Topeka, KS   February 24, 2018


Posted by Karen Capps - Asheboro, NC   February 24, 2018

I always enjoyed her upbeat personality. She reflected many attributes that all of us could use more of.

Beautiful woman, too.

Posted by Carol Johnston - Springfield,, MO   February 24, 2018

To the family of Nanette Fabray, please accept our sincere condolences. We are so saddened to hear of your loss. She was an amazing and talented individual. May the God who binds up the brokenhearted and comforts all who mourn sustain your family during this challenging time. (Isaiah 61:1, 2)

Posted by Franklin family    February 24, 2018

Posted by C    February 24, 2018


With the passing of Nanette Fabray, we have lost a lovely and talented lady whose wit and charm have entertained us for many years. She was a joy to watch, and we have now lost yet another member of "The Greatest Generation."

Posted by Les Breese - Monmouth Junction, NJ   February 24, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember her television appearances especially on the "Coach" show. She always seemed to have an inner light and joy. May the words of Psalms 121:1, 2 help you during this grievous time.

Posted by Sheryl Tann - Pennsauken, NJ   February 24, 2018

Your loved one generous nature will always be remember for making a difference for all.
Ms. Morgan

Posted by A friend   February 24, 2018

I remember Nanette from many years ago. I was not aware of her hearing loss. She sets a wonderful example for so many people, in that, she did not allow her disability to stop her from fulfilling her goal of singing and performing.

She lived a long time, and I am sure she shared many wonderful life experiences. Nanette is now a part of the wonderful promise, which reads: "You will be with me in Paradise."

Love to the entire family.

Posted by A friend   February 24, 2018


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Posted by Linda Tracy - Cleveland, OH   February 24, 2018

Wonderful lady. I always enjoyed watching her on TV.

Posted by Nick A - East Haven, CT   February 24, 2018

As a member of the hearing loss world, I thank you immensely for championing for cc on tv. My condolences to the family on this tremendous loss.

Posted by Iva Smith - Yuma, AZ   February 24, 2018


Nanette was a terrific actress and I offer my sincere condolences to her family.

Posted by Yvonne - MI   February 24, 2018

Another talented, gracious lady who gave us much joy has passed. I remember her ever present smile. May God comfort the family and bring them peace.

Posted by Marlene S - IN   February 24, 2018

Ms.Fabray was a very talented actress. I enjoyed her many parts. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Our Heavenly Father can give you the "endurance and comfort" you need to get through this very difficult time.
(Romans 15:5,6) My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Deborah - VA   February 24, 2018

All will miss her smiley face. We love her!!

Posted by - NJ   February 24, 2018


Posted by Joyce Stone -, IN   February 24, 2018

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by - OH   February 24, 2018


god Bless. Thanks for making a differance in so many lives. Rest in Peace

Posted by A friend   February 24, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. May the memories of your loved one be a comfort for you in this time of sadness. She was a great person and will be missed. There will become a time when death will be no more. Rev 31: 3,4

Posted by Robynn Ney - Greensboro, NC   February 24, 2018


I was a big fan of Nanette and very funny show. Rest in peace.

Posted by Felicia Yates - Fayetteville, NC   February 24, 2018

My condolences on the loss of your beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. May you find comfort in your memories and in your love for one another but above all may you find comfort and peace in God's love.
(Philippians 4:6 ,7)

Posted by Cheryl - Bham, AL   February 24, 2018

I was named for her, which at times was a blessing and a curse, people telling me it was a lovely name or having to spell it repeatedly. She was a lovely and talented lady, and that is what counts at the end of the day.

Posted by Nanette Pritt - Elkins, WV   February 24, 2018


SO sorry she died,I remember her from one day Ata time.god bless.funny in peace

Posted by Chris Cazzato - Watervliet, NY   February 24, 2018

God bless you, the wonderful family of Miss Nanette Fabray, always remembered, and loved for her truly remarkable kindness, gentleness, oh, and that smile!

Posted by Jane Lee Holmes - Seattle WA   February 24, 2018


She was such a brave person in the days when you had to be perfect. My sympathy goes out to her family and friends and her niece Shelley Fabrase (Johnny Angel)

Posted by Joan - OH   February 24, 2018


Thank you for sharing your talent. May you Rest in eternal Peace with God.

Posted by Sheila - L.A., CA   February 24, 2018

You were one of a kind!! Saying prayers for you!! Heaven is just a little more lovely now!!

Posted by John Cupples - East Meadow Ny   February 24, 2018


Loved to see her perform. Condolences to the family , she was great

Posted by Darlene Brizendine - Columbia, MO   February 24, 2018


To The Family. So sorry for your loss. R.I.P.

Posted by Rocky Scirocco - Sanbornville, NH   February 23, 2018

Dear Nanette, you will always be remembered and sorely missed. May you rest in eternal peace.

Posted by David Pearlstein - NV   February 23, 2018

I enjoyed her fun. Her kindness. Her charm and talent. She's of my youth. XOXOX Nanette

Posted by A friend   February 23, 2018

Absolutely loved her. She was naturally funny without even trying. God just got another angel!

Posted by DDT - Upstate, NY   February 23, 2018

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Posted by A friend   February 23, 2018

She was such a wonderful person and actress, got many years of enjoyment from her work!!!!! God Bless her and I know America lost a true friend!!!

Posted by CLIFFORD AMBROSE - GOWANDA, NY   February 23, 2018



Posted by A friend   February 23, 2018

I'm so sorry for her loss. May the God of all comfort hears your cries and send comfort and peace your way. Psalms145:18,19

Posted by L Wa - Atlanta, GA   February 23, 2018

Thanks for the memories! Forever in our hearts.

Fairfax, CA

Posted by A friend   February 23, 2018

To the Fabray family we send our sincerest condolences. We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God, family and friends help you to endure this very sad time.

Posted by C G - NC   February 23, 2018

My condolence to the family, May you find comfort in knowing that your love one is resting in the God's memory. Psalm 68:20.

Posted by A C - AZ   February 23, 2018

To say, quite the lady and talent' is to echo many of her fans around the world and top-most, her benevolence. Giving her best and making a decided difference. I enjoyed Nanette and offer condolences to her family. Proverbs 31:30,31.

Posted by A friend   February 23, 2018

Nanette will be greatly missed my deepest condolences during this time of grief. May family and friends find comfort In meditating on fond memories

Posted by A friend   February 23, 2018

To the Fabray family:
We pray the LOVE of Jehovah God enfolds you during your journey through grief. May you find strength in the love of family and the warm embrace of friends. 2nd Thessalonians 5:11 'Keep encouraging one another and building one another up.'
Tony & Sandy Anastasio

Posted by A friend   February 23, 2018

She was a wonderful and beautiful woman. She and her talent, as well as her caring will surely be missed. Rest In Peace beautiful lady.

Posted by B V - KS   February 23, 2018

To the Fabares (Fabray) family:
Ms. Nanette brought smiles and laughter to millions for many decades. Her loss saddens us all. Despite memories of laughter, your heart likely feels pain and grief at this difficult time (Proverbs 14:13). Yet, we hope that God and the Scriptures will provide comfort for you.

Posted by Ramona & Canisha - NY   February 23, 2018

Rest in peace dear Nanette. I've loved you and your wonderful talent all of my life. Gone but never forgotten.

Posted by Brian Dusel - Louisville, KY   February 23, 2018

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