Actress Nancy Kulp

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 3, 2007

Q Whatever became of the actress who played Miss Jane Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies?
—Minnie Flaherty, Magnolia, Ark.

Nancy Kulp had a degree in journalism, was decorated for her service in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked in Hollywood as a movie publicist before director George Kukor convinced her to give acting a try. She appeared in the movies Shane, A Star Is Born, The Three Faces of Eve and The Parent Trap before taking the role of the love-starved banker's assistant Miss Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies in 1962. After the series ended, she ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress in her home state of Pennsylvania in 1984; Hillbillies co-star Buddy Ebsen campaigned for her opponent. She died of cancer in 1991 at the age of 69.