Nancy Anne Allen
(born June 24, 1950) is a Golden Globe
nominated American actress and cancer activist.
Allen began an acting and modelling career as a child, and from the mid-1970s appeared in small film roles, most notably the anchor of Robert Zemeckis
's ensemble comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand
(1978). A pivotal supporting role in Carrie
(1976) brought her recognition, and after marrying the director Brian De Palma
, she appeared in several of his films, including Dressed to Kill
(1980) and Blow Out
(1981). Her subsequent films include Strange Invaders
(1983), The Philadelphia Experiment
(1984), Poltergeist III
(1988), Limit Up
(1990), Out of Sight
(1998), and the RoboCop
She was born in New York City
, the youngest of three children of Eugene and Florence Allen. Her father was a police lieutenant in Yonkers
, where she was raised.
Allen was very shy as a child, so her mother enrolled her in dance classes at age 4. She attended the High School of Performing Arts
, where she trained for a dancing career, and then attended Jose Quintano's School for Young Professionals.
Allen's first major film role was very small, playing Nancy, Jack Nicholson
's nervous date, in The Last Detail
(1973). This inspired her to move to Los Angeles
, and try for larger parts.The New York Times
, Sep. 5, 1980, "At the Movies --- Nancy Allen, making good at being bad," p. C6. She scored the role of Chris......