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The Untold Truth Of Steve Carell’s Wife – Nancy Carell

Nancy Carell

Early life, family, educational background

American writer, actress and comedian, Nancy Ellen Walls, was born on 19 July 1966, in Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA, to Robert and Carol Walls, and was raised along with her sister, Tish Vivado (née Walls). She matriculated from Cohasset High School before graduating from Boston College in 1988. While attending the university, she was a member of “My Mother’s Fleabag,” an improvisational troupe. She is an alumna of the Second City Improv Company.

Career

After graduating from university, for a few months Nancy worked at a grocery store, before joining a troupe at The Second City in Chicago. From there, she went on to join “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) from 1995 to 1996, much like most of the troupe’s alumni.

Television

In “SNL” her most memorable impression was of Bobbie Battista, a CNN anchor. Her other impersonations included Kathy Ireland, Cokie Roberts, Sharon Stone and Diane Sawyer. She was on the show with David Koechner, a fellow Second City co-writer and co-star.

In 1998 she played Jill in “Late Line,” then in 1999 Oswalt, Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and mother of Ben Osbourne in VH1’s “Random Play” – Kevin E. Elliot portrayed Ben Osbourne. From 1999 to 2002, she was a correspondent on the popular satirical television news “The Daily Show.”

From 2005 to 2006, and in 2010 and 2013, she appeared in “The Office” as estate agent Carol Stills, an ex-girlfriend of Steve’s character, Michael. The series followed employees working at a Dunder Mifflin branch, a fictional paper company.

During its first season, the show received mixed reviews, but in the following seasons gained popularity, and among many nominations and other awards, the series eventually won five Emmys.

In 2009 she voiced Helen Goode in ABC’s “The Goode Family,” created by Mike Judge. The show tackles contemporary society in comical ways, with the Goode family dealing with modern environmental and social responsibilities of liberals, and the struggle of always being politically correct. The series was her first time being credited as Nancy Carell rather than Nancy Walls.

In 2017 she played Mrs. Perry in “Angie Tribeca,” starring “Parks and Recreation” actress Rashida Leah Jones as police detective Angela “Angie” Tribeca, a veteran of the LAPD RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit) for ten years.

Nancy and Steve created the show, and Steve spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the show’s origins – ‘We didn’t start thinking we’re going to write a show. We just came up with this name that was really dumb, and it just kept making us laugh … and the more we talked about it, the more it made us laugh.’ The series is considered a spoof of a television cop show, and premiered on 17 January 2016. The show was canceled after the fourth season, which was released across 29 and 30 December 2018. Some cases in the show included busting an organ thief, a serial baker murderer, and illegal smuggling of pet ferrets. In the show, Nancy plays Katy Perry, who is the wife of Mayor Perry. Recurring cast members were Heather Graham as Agent Diane Duran, James Franco as Sgt. Eddie Pepper, and Chris Pine as Dr. Thomas Hornbein.

Famous guest stars included Lisa Kudrow , Gene Simmons, Adam Scott and Gary Cole. The series was positively received and compared to the likes of the British series “A Touch of Cloth,” as well as “Sledge Hammer!” and “Police Squad!”

 Film

In 2003 she played Flight Attendant Patty in “Anger Management”, starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson, and which received mixed reviews from critics. However, the film earned $200 million but on a budget of only $83 million.

She portrayed the Health Clinic Counselor in 2005’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” The film was a huge financial success – the budget was $27 million, but it earned $180 million, and received positive reviews, plus winning several awards.

In 2011 she played Helen’s tennis partner in “Bridesmaids” directed by Paul Feig.

Nancy Carell

The film was a huge financial success, earning $300 million from a $32 million budget, received positive reviews, and had several Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.

In 2012, she played Linda Petersen in “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”.

Who is Steve Carell?

Steven John ‘Steve’ Carell is an actor, comedian, writer, producer and director. He was born on 16 August 1962 in Concord, Massachusetts, USA. He is best known for his roles in “The Office,” “The Big Short,” “Foxcatcher” and “Despicable Me.”

He played Michael Scott from 2005 to 2013 in “The Office”, and also worked as an occasional director, writer and producer. From 1999 to 2005, he was a correspondent on “The Daily Show” with Joe Stewart. In 2004 he starred in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, and in the 2013 sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

In 2005 he starred as Andy Stitzer in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” as Evan Baxter in “Evan Almighty” in 2007, opposite Anne Hathaway in “Get Smart” as Maxwell Smart in 2008, and in 2011 he played Cal Weaver in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

He has also done voice-actin, in 2006’s “Over the Hedge,” in 2008’s “Horton Hears a Who!”, and as Gru in the “Despicable Me” films from 2010 to the present.

In 2010 Life magazine nominated him as ‘America’s funniest man.’ For his role as Michael Scott in season one of “The Office,” he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. In the 2010s, he began doing more dramatic roles. In 2014 he played a convicted murderer and wrestling coach, John Eleuthère du Pont, in “Foxcatcher”, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, an Academy Award for Best Actor and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

He received recognition for his roles in the 2006 film “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Big Short” in 2015, and “Battle of the Sexes” in 2017. For “The Big Short,” he received his eighth Golden Globe Award nomination and his ninth for his role in “Battle of the Sexes.” He worked again with director Adam McKay in 2018 – after they worked together in “Anchorman” and “The Big Short” – in “Vice,” the Dick Cheney biographical film. In the movie, Steve played Donald Rumsfeld. According to The Celebrity Networth, his net worth close to $50 million as of mid-2020.

Personal life

Nancy married Steve on 5 August 1995. They met at The Second City during an improvisation class, when Nancy was a student and Steve a tutor. He did not share his feelings with Nancy at the time, but he already knew he had fallen in love with her.

While attending comedy classes, she worked at a bar across the street where Steve would often go to speak with her. In an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2015, Steve said, ‘The conversation would go something like, ‘Hey, you know, if I were ever to ask a woman out, it would be someone like you. Exactly like you.’’ Both Nancy and Steve were too afraid to ask the other first, but Nancy would respond, ‘If a guy like you were ever to ask a woman like me out, I would definitely do that.’ After a few weeks of hinting to each other, Steve finally asked Nancy out, and…….

In a 2013 interview with The Guardian, Steve said that he initially thought that Nancy did not like him, and only later found out that she was actually nervous when they first met. ‘I was immediately attracted to my wife. She’s beautiful, intelligent and really funny.

She kind of checked all the boxes in my head, but I thought she hated me…’ he said that she was always very quiet around him, but she was just trying to act cool. He fondly reminisced on their wedding day, saying that the moment he saw her walking down the aisle, he felt calm and knew he was doing the right thing. He added, ‘…more than anything, it was very empowering knowing that person was going to be my partner and have my back. It just made me feel strong, and I’ll never forget it.’ In the interview, he also shared that his wife is funnier than he is. Although he does not share the same sense of humor with his family that he shares with Nancy.

Nancy is openly supportive of her husband. At the Academy Awards in 2015, she spoke with an ABC entertainment reporter and gushed, ‘I thought he was amazing in his role in “Foxcatcher.”’

Happy Birthday Nancy Carell! The actress, writer and wife of actor-comedian Steve Carell turns 51 today. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Posted by CBS New York on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

They have two children together, Elisabeth Anne born on 25 May 2001, and John in June 2004. In an interview with Nancy and Steve, they said that their children share their sense of humor, Steve explaining that they are funny without even realizing it or meaning to be, ‘And I think that’s what makes them so funny.’

They have two family houses; one in Marshfield and one in Los Angeles – they live in their Marshfield home whenever they need some privacy from the public eye. Nancy’s sister, Trish, manages their Marshfield General Store in Massachusetts. During holidays, the family spends their time in Marshfield Hills.

Appearance

Nancy has blonde hair and green eyes. She is 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall and weighs around 154lbs (70kg).

Net worth and salary

Her net worth is estimated at over $1 million, as of mid-2020.

About the author

Olivia Clarke

Joined Biography.Today in February 2020. Formerly Assistant Editor of Radar Magazine. Studied Journalism at City University.

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