Carrie Nye (October 14, 1936 – July 14, 2006) was an American stage
and film actress. She was married to TV talk show host
Dick Cavett for
over 40 years.
1.1 Early life
1.3 Personal life
3 External links
Nye was born Carolyn Nye McGeoy in Greenwood, Mississippi; her father
was a vice president of a local bank. She attended
Stephens College in
Columbia, Missouri, then attended the Yale School of Drama, graduating
Dick Cavett at the Yale School of Drama. They married in 1964.
They had no children.
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Most of Nye's work was on the stage. She joined the Williamstown
Theatre Festival in 1955 and portrayed a number of roles at the
festival through the 1960s and 1970s. Among her credits were the leads
The Skin of Our Teeth
The Skin of Our Teeth and A Streetcar Named Desire. She was in the
American Shakespeare Festival
American Shakespeare Festival that performed
Troilus and Cressida
Troilus and Cressida at
White House during the Kennedy administration.
She made her debut on Broadway in 1960 in A Second String. The
following year she portrayed Tiffany Richards in the original cast of
Mary, Mary. She received a
Tony Award nomination in 1965 for her
portrayal of Helen Walsingham in Half a Sixpence. She appeared in two
more productions on Broadway during the 1960s, A Very Rich Woman
(1965) and Cop-Out (1969).
Nye made her feature film debut in The Group (1966), the film
adaptation of Mary McCarthy's novel. The film also starred Joan
Hackett, Joanna Pettet, Candice Bergen, Kathleen Widdoes, and Shirley
Knight. Her other film appearances included The Seduction of Joe Tynan
(1979), the classic horror film
Creepshow (1982), Too Scared to Scream
(1985), and the
Shelley Long comedy Hello Again (1987).
Nye was featured in a number of television movies during the 1970s,
including Screaming Skull (1973) and The Users (1978). She also acted
in the television movie
Divorce His, Divorce Hers
Divorce His, Divorce Hers (1973), which
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Nye wrote a humorous
essay that year published in Time about the experience. In 1978,
Nye was a semi-regular panelist on the
PBS quiz show We Interrupt This
Week. She received an
Emmy Award nomination in 1980 for her
Tallulah Bankhead in Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War.
That same year she returned to Broadway to perform the role of
Lorraine Sheldon in a revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner. She was
nominated for a
Drama Desk Award for her performance.
In 1984, Nye was cast on the daytime soap opera
Guiding Light as Susan
Piper, an unscrupulous real estate agent going to great lengths,
including murder, trying to reclaim a cottage that harbors a deep
secret. Her portrayal of the villainous character proved popular for
some time, culminating in a location shoot in Barbados, ending with a
memorable death scene where she fell into quicksand.
When Nye's friend
Ellen Weston became head writer of
Guiding Light in
2003, she created another character for Nye, the mysterious Caroline
Carruthers. Despite acclaim for Nye's performance, this storyline was
unpopular, changing the back-story for many of the show's core
characters (whom she had crossed paths with in her first stint) and
Nye's character was written off after six months.
Nye was married to Dick Cavett, whom she met at Yale, from June 4,
1964, until her death. The couple had no children.
Nye and Cavett bought Tick Hall, a house in Montauk, New York,
designed by Stanford White. It burned down in 1997, but with the
assistance of architects and preservationists, she and Cavett built an
exact replica of the house. Their accomplishment became the subject of
a documentary film From the Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall
Nye died of lung cancer on July 14, 2006, at her
survived by her husband. She is interred at the (Lutheran) All Faiths
Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens, New York.
^ a b "Carrie Nye, 69, Williamstown Festival Actress, Is Dead", New
York Times, July 17, 2006.
^ Nye, Carrie (April 2, 1973), "Show Business: Making It in Munich",
^ We Interrupt This Week on IMDb
^ Profile, findagrave.com; accessed November 13, 2016.
Carrie Nye on IMDb
Carrie Nye at the
Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Carrie Nye at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
Carrie Nye at Find a Grave
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