Nan Martin – 1928-2010

Nan Martin, who played Ali MacGraw’s snobbish mother in the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus and the lively ‘Mrs. Louder’ on The Drew Carey Show, died Thursday, March 4th of complications from emphysema at her Malibu home. She was 82.
Other film appearances included roles in Toys in the AtticFor the Love of IvyThe Other Side of the Mountain, Doctor Detroit, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, in which she played ‘Freddy Krueger’s’ mother.

In addition to the 1995-2004 sitcom Drew Carey, Martin was a TV movie of the week regular during the 1970s and appeared on such shows as The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nip/Tuck, The Practice, ER, Chicago Hope, Suddenly Susan, and The Golden Girls.

Martin is survived by her husband, California architect Harry Gesner, and two sons: musician and writer Casey Dolan, and actor-producer Zen Gesner.


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