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Nancy Parsons
American actress

Nancy Parsons

Nancy Parsons
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Intro American actress
Known for Beulah Balbricker in cult comedy film Porky's
A.K.A. Nancy Anne Parsons
Was Actor Stage actor Film actor Television actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 17 January 1942, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Death 5 January 2001, La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, USA (aged 59 years)
Star sign Capricorn
Mother: Mary Margaret née Samsa
Father: Charles Walter Parsons
Siblings: Mary Jean ParsonsTheresa Mae Macrae née Parsons
Spouse: Alan Hipwell
Children: Elizabeth Hipwell Margaret Hipwell
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Nancy Parsons (1942–2001) was an American film and television actress. She was best known for her role as Coach Beulah Balbricker in the 1982 cult comedy film Porky's and its sequels, as well as Ida in the 1980 comedy/horror film Motel Hell.

Early life

Nancy Parsons was born Nancy Anne Parsons on 17 January 1942 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Mary Margaret née Samsa and Charles Walter Parsons. Her father performed in Vaudeville. She had two sisters: Mary Jean Parsons and Theresa Mae Macrae née Parsons.

When she was seventeen, her father remarried, to Genevieve Stack, and relocated with his second wife and daughters to South Pasadena, California. In California, Parsons began acting in local theaters and was given a full scholarship to The Pasadena Playhouse, a historic performing arts venue in Pasadena, California. She performed with venue for two years, from 1960 to 1962, and appeared in the works of celebrated playwrights including Edward Albee, Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams, and William Shakespeare, among others. After graduating from The Pasadena Playhouse in 1962, Parsons married Alan Hipwell in 1963. They divorced in 1972.

She studied theatre at University of California, Los Angeles, where she won the Hugh O'Brian Award.


Parsons began working in Hollywood after her divorce from her husband, Alan Hipwell, in 1972. She made her debut on television in 1976, portraying a ticket seller in They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To episode of television series Baretta. The following year she was seen in a minor role in Anthony Page-directed comedy film I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.

Over the following years, she made guest appearances in a variety of television shows, including Lou Grant (1977,) Charlie's Angels (1978,) and The Rockford Files (1978,) and films, such as The Lady in Red (1979,) Smokey Bites the Dust (1981,) Where the Buffalo Roam (1980,) and Honky Tonk Freeway (1981.)

In 1980, she was seen in Kevin Connor-directed comedy/horror film Motel Hell. She played the role of "Ida Smith" for which she earned an Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Her most memorable role came in 1982 when she was cast in teen sex comedy film Porky's. The film was written and directed by Bob Clark and Parsons played the character of "Coach Beulah Balbricker" alongside Dan Monahan (as Pee Wee), Mark Herrier (as Billy), and Wyatt Knight (as Tommy). Although a commercial success with the younger audience, the film was not well received by film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, who called it one of the worst films of 1982 and criticized it for what they viewed as its objectification and degradation of women and the childish nature of its antagonists.

A sequel of the Porky's was made in 1983, titled Porky's II: The Next Day and in 1985, titled, Porky's Revenge. Parsons played the same character of "Coach Beulah Balbricker" in both films. Porky's II: The Next Day was also directed by Bob Clark and Porky's Revenge was directed by James Komack. Parsons won Family Film Award for Best Actress in Porky's Revenge.

In 1989, Parsons landed a recurring role of "Hilda" in television series, Generations. She appeared in 7 episodes of the first season (1989.)

Parsons was last seen on television in April 1998, playing the character of "Martha Bowman" in the episode Crash of the television series The Pretender.


  • Won Family Film Award, Best Actress (Porky's Revenge, 1985)
  • Nominated for Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Best Supporting Actress (Motel Hell, 1980)
  • Woman of the year award from the Alumni Association of The Pasadena Playhouse.

Personal life

After leaving The Pasadena Playhouse in 1962, Nancy Parsons married Alan Hipwell in 1963. After 9 years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1972. They had two daughters: Elizabeth Hipwell (born November 3, 1964,) and Margaret Hipwell (born October 7, 1969.) Elizabeth Hipwell is an actress, as well, and had a brief role in Porky's Revenge (1985.)


Nancy Parsons died from diabetes and congestive heart failure on January 5, 2001, aged 58, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She was survived by her two daughters.


1976BarettaTV SeriesRobert BlakeTom EwellMichael D. Roberts
1977I Never Promised You a Rose GardenMovieAnthony PageJoanne GreenbergGavin LambertBibi AnderssonKathleen QuinlanBen Piazza
1977Mary Jane Harper Cried Last NightTV MovieSusan DeyJohn VernonKevin McCarthy (actor)
1977Lou GrantTV SeriesEd AsnerRobert WaldenMason Adams
1977Prime TimeMovieJohn BaskinRoyce D. Applegate
1978Charlie's AngelsTV SeriesKate JacksonFarrah FawcettJaclyn Smith
1978The Rockford FilesTV SeriesJames GarnerNoah Beery Jr.Joe Santos
1979The Lady in Redas Nancy Anne ParsonsLewis TeaguePamela Sue MartinRobert ConradLouise Fletcher
1980Where the Buffalo RoamMovieArt LinsonHunter S. ThompsonJohn Kaye (screenwriter)Peter BoyleBill MurrayBruno Kirby
1980Motel HellMovieSteven-Charles JaffeRory CalhounPaul Linke
1981Honky Tonk FreewayMovieJohn SchlesingerDavid RaschePaul JabaraHoward Hesseman
1981Smokey Bites the DustMovieCharles B. GriffithMax AppleJimmy McNicholJanet JulianWalt Barnes
1981Porky'sMovieBob ClarkDan MonahanMark HerrierWyatt Knight
1981Pennies from HeavenMovieHerbert RossDennis PotterDennis PotterSteve MartinBernadette PetersJessica Harper
1982It Takes TwoTV SeriesRichard CrennaPatty DukeBillie Bird
1983White Water RebelsTV MovieReza BadiyiCatherine BachJames BrolinPepe Serna
1983Remington SteeleTV SeriesStephanie ZimbalistPierce BrosnanDoris Roberts
1983Porky's II: The Next DayMovieBob ClarkAlan OrmsbyDan MonahanWyatt KnightMark Herrier
1983Quarterback PrincessTV MovieNoel BlackDon MurrayBarbara BabcockDana Elcar
1983Sudden ImpactMovieClint EastwoodHarry Julian FinkR.M. FinkClint EastwoodSondra LockePat Hingle
1984The Yellow RoseTV SeriesSam ElliottCybill ShepherdDavid Soul
1984Family TiesTV SeriesMichael J. FoxMichael Gross (actor)Meredith Baxter
1984The Duck FactoryTV SeriesJim CarreyJulie PayneNancy Lane
1985Porky's RevengeMovieJames KomackBob ClarkDan MonahanWyatt KnightTony Ganios
1985Hardcastle and McCormickTV SeriesBrian KeithDaniel Hugh KellyJoe Santos
1985Amazing StoriesTV SeriesCharles DurningDouglas SealeLouis Giambalvo
1986The Magical World of DisneyTV SeriesWalt DisneyPaul FreesClarence Nash
1986Night CourtTV SeriesHarry AndersonJohn LarroquetteRichard Moll
1988MoonlightingTV SeriesCybill ShepherdBruce WillisAllyce Beasley
1988Britny Fox: GirlschoolVideo short
1989Homer and EddieMovieAndrei KonchalovskyJim BelushiJim MappJohn Waters
1989Steel MagnoliasMovieHerbert RossRobert Harling (writer)Robert Harling (writer)Shirley MacLaineOlympia DukakisSally Field
1989Star Trek: The Next GenerationTV SeriesPatrick StewartBrent SpinerJonathan Frakes
1989GenerationsTV SeriesKelly RutherfordKristoff St. JohnJoan Pringle
1990Loose CannonsMovieBob ClarkRichard Christian MathesonRichard MathesonGene HackmanDan AykroydDom DeLuise
1990SilhouetteTV MovieCarl SchenkelThea AndrewsFaye DunawayDavid RascheJohn Terry
1990Hull HighTV SeriesWill LymanNancy ValenMark Ballou
1991The DoctorMovieRanda HainesRobert CaswellWilliam HurtChristine LahtiElizabeth Perkins
1991Death FallsMovieGeorge Buck FlowerRip TornRoberts BlossomBeverly Garland
1992LadybugsMovieSidney J. FurieRodney DangerfieldJackée HarryJonathan Brandis
1992WishmanMoviePaul Le MatGeoffrey Lewis (actor)Paul Gleason
1992L.A. LawTV SeriesCorbin BernsenJill EikenberryAlan Rachins
1994Winter HeatTV MovieMaura PendersJames E. ReillyJaime Lyn BauerJason BrooksChristie Clark
1994Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded KneeTV MovieFrank PiersonMary Brave BirdRichard ErdoesDave Bald EagleLawrence Bayne
1996Days of Our LivesTV SeriesFrances ReidJohn Clarke (actor)Macdonald Carey
1998The PretenderTV SeriesMichael T. WeissAndrea ParkerPatrick Bauchau
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