Nancy Travis has been described by some of her famous critics as an ‘original female Hollywood icon’. She’s certainly one of those rare talents whose popularity continues to grow and whose films and TV shows have consistently received huge response from audiences the world around. Nancy has been described as an unforgettable character in the past and as an amazing actress whose career has spanned four decades – a feat that more actresses are setting out to achieve.
Nancy Travis was born in segregated Texas in 1950. She grew up in the south but was always surrounded by other people who were different – whether they were white or black, gay or straight, and from all different walks of life. Nancy grew up in New Jersey in an era when the civil rights movement and the struggle for equal rights were very prominent. She was, however, inspired by the example of southern ladies like Oprah Winfrey and Ava Gardner. The two became friends and in the following years, Nancy attended Georgia State University where she pursued a degree in marketing.
Nancy and her second husband, Tex Reiners, had a bright future ahead of them, though. They experienced trouble in the early years and divorced in 1968. Nancy then married Jacklyn Josef in 1969 and they had two children. Nancy and her ex-husband spent much time traveling and entertaining friends. Nancy’s personal life then became focused on raising her two children and working as a personal injury attorney.
By the end of the seventies, Nancy was already established in the film industry and was nominated for an Academy Award for her first (and only) film role. She continued to work hard and became known as an elegant, sophisticated and knowledgeable actress. Her luscious brown hair and chic facial features are what have made her one of the best known and best loved actresses of her time. Throughout the eighties and nineties, Nancy was also nominated for an Academy Award for her performances in both “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Easy Rider”. Her role as the sexy love interest in the last two “Easy Rider” movies made her one of the most popular female actors of that time. However, her role as the evil sorceress in the movie “Sorcerer” capped her career.
- Full name: Nancy Ann Travis
- Date of birth: 21 September 1961
- Birthplace: New York, United States of America
- Age: 58 years old
- Zodiac sign: Virgo
- Nationality: American
- Parents: Theresa and Gordon Travis
- Spouse: Robert N. Fried
- Sons: Jeremy and Benjamin
- Height: 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 metres)
- Weight: 64 kilograms /141 lbs
- Body measurements: 36-27-38 inches
- Bra size: 34B
- Body type: Slim
- Dress size: 4 (US)
- Hair colour: Red
- Eye colour: Dark brown
- Trademark: Curly hair
- Occupation: Actor, producer, comedian
- Net worth: $2 million
Nancy Travis was married to a director, developer and businessman for several years before she tied the knot with actor Benjamin Hackard in 1990. Benjamin was one of the most well-known actors of his time and Nancy’s dedication to him and the film industry made them a perfect couple. Nancy Travis had the rare ability to transform herself from an inglorious “girl next door” into an elegant and stunning Hollywood success. Her career was punctuated with hit after hit, and she was often nominated for an Oscar for her efforts.
Nancy Travis is today known for her many acting credits, but her true claim to fame is her career as the lead character in the novel The Game. She originated as the cynical and sultry character, Tracey Walker, in the first novel. She has since gone on to play other fantastic characters in films and television including “ER”, “The Firm”, and “Beverly Hills Cop”. No doubt Nancy Travis will continue to make an impact in the acting biz for many years to come. Her wide variety of roles and brilliant acting abilities will continue to attract both newer and more experienced actors to the biz.