Nancy Frangione, Actress, Dies Aged 70

( – Soap Opera star Nancy Frangione, 70, died on Aug. 18 in Barnstable, Massachusetts following a brief illness.

She was born at Cape Cod Hospital, in Hyannis, Massachusetts, on July 10, 1953.

While a student at Barnstable High School, she competed in the Speech and Debate League and was named as a national runner-up in Dramatic Interpretation. She also performed in many musicals and plays. She graduated in 1971.

In 1974, Frangione performed on Broadway in the show Equus alongside both Anthony Perkins and Sir Alec McGowan.

She is best known for her roles on All My Children and Another World. In 1977, she made her TV debut on All My Children as the character Tara Martin. She played Martin again on several episodes of the soap opera until 1979.

From 1980-1986, she played the role of Cecile de Poulignac on Another World. In 1995, she reprised the character for several episodes.

Her character on Another World, Cecile de Poulignac, was known for being a scheming villainess. The character was involved in a love triangle with the characters Blaine, who was played by Laura Malone, as well as Sandy, who was played by Christopher Rich. The characters of Sandy and Cecile married and had a daughter, Maggie, though the marriage later ended. For her performance as Cecile de Poulignac on Another World, Frangione won the Outstanding Villainess Award from Soap Opera Digest.

In 1985, she played the role of Tina Lord temporarily for Andrea Evans on One Life to Live.

She starred in The Nanny as Cousin Marsha, and also had roles on shows such as Matlock, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, as well as Highway to Heaven.

She is also known for her role as Bonnie in the 1988 film Sharing Richard and as Maggie in the 1990 film In the Line of Duty: A Cop Killing.

Frangione was married to her Another World co-star Rich, though the couple Later divorced. They share a daughter, Mariel Rich.

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