Nancy as Sheila - Samantha's Rival for Darrin's Affections
Born March 11, 1935 in Flint, Michigan, Nancy Kovack was a student at the University of Michigan at 15, a radio deejay at 16, a college grad at 19 and the holder of eight beauty titles by age 20.
Her professional acting career began after she traveled to New York City for a wedding and wound up on TV. Her first appearance was as one of Jackie Gleason's "Glea Girls" and then she was featured more prominently, on The Dave Garroway Show, The Today Show, and Beat the Clock.
As a Blonde or a Brunette, Nancy Is Stunning
A stage role on Broadway in The Disenchanted opened Hollywood doors for Kovack, who signed with Columbia, and became a contract player - often loaned out to other studios for film work.
Nancy Went from Pageant Queen to Silver Screen
Nancy Kovack appeared in a string of westerns, and fantasy
She later racked up an impressive list of episodic TV credits,
including the memorable role of "Sheila Sommers," the jet-setting ex-girlfriend
of Darrin Stephens in the smash hit Bewitched, and was
Emmy-nominated for a 1969 guest shot on Mannix.
She last appeared on TV in an episode of Ellery Queen (1975), credited as Nancy Mehta.
In the late 1990s, Nancy Kovack-Mehta and her husband made
news when they accused Susan McDougal, a key figure in the Clinton Whitewater
investigation, of stealing $150,000 through a joint credit card's unauthorized
purchases while working as their bookkeeper and personal assistant between
1989 and 1992. Superior Court Judge Leslie Light threw out three of
the 12 charges on November 12, 1998, and said the Mehta's prosecution
team had failed to prove McDougal could have embezzled any more than
$50,000. On November 23, 1998 a jury found Susan McDougal not guilty
of nine counts of embezzlement and failure to file tax returns.
Reminiscing to interviewer Tom Weaver about her 10 years as a Hollywood actress, Nancy said: