Trained for a dancing career at the High School of Performing Arts
Attended Leonard Quintano's School for Young Professionals.
Nancy and her RoboCop (1987) star Peter Weller were both born on June 24th, three years apart (Nancy was born in 1950, Weller was born in 1947).
Her father was a police sergeant in New York and her most famous role is a policewoman named Anne Lewis.
Said the hardest part of filming Dressed to Kill (1980) was wearing black lingerie, which she found very uncomfortable.
Aunt of Eugene Allen and cousin of comedian Jim Breuer.
Her then-husband Brian De Palma specifically wrote the role of the hooker in Dressed to Kill (1980) with her in mind.
While filming 1941 (1979) she took part in a betting pool on when the house would collapse in the film's final scene. Dan Aykroyd eventually won that bet.
Originally auditioned for the role of Carrie White in Carrie (1976), while Sissy Spacek read for the role of high school bitch Chris Hargensen, but director Brian De Palma decided to have them swap roles.
She worked in four movies directed by her ex-husband Brian De Palma: Carrie (1976), Home Movies (1979), Dressed to Kill (1980) and Blow Out (1981).
She was a last minute replacement for the role of Anne Lewis in RoboCop (1987) as Stephanie Zimbalist who was previously cast in this role was under contract with MGM and was call back to reprise her role as Laura Holt in Remington Steele (1982) for the fifth season.
Appeared with P.J. Soles at the screening of Carrie (1976) on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. [August 2002]
She was at "weSPARKLE NIGHT - Take ll" which was a benefit for weSPARK Cancer Support Center in Sherman Oaks founded by Wendie Jo Sperber. It was hosted by John Ritter and Katey Sagal and took place at the El Portal Theatre in El Portal, California. [April 2003]
Appeared with Bob Gale at a weSpark benefit double feature of I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) and 1941 (1979) at the New Beverly Cinema in Hollywood, California. [October 2008]
Studied at Lee Strasberg's Theatre Institute.
Started dance lessons at 5 and commercials at 15 doing over 100 of them.