Nancy Kulp

Nancy Kulp, 69, best known for her role as secretary Jane Hathaway on CBS’ “The Beverly Hillbillies,” died Feb. 3 in Palm Desert, Calif., of cancer.

Kulp graduated with a journalism degree from Florida State U. and wrote feature stories for the Miami Beach Tropics in the early 1940s.

“My first love has always been journalism,” she once said in an interview. Kulp wrote profiles, she said, of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Errol Flynn.

She began her film career with nonspeaking parts before landing talking roles in “The Model And The Marriage Broker” and “Shane.” Her comedic skills were first exposed when she played the secretary in “Love That Bob,” starring Robert Cummings.

In 1962, she was cast as the plain, erudite secretary hopelessly in love with Jethro in the hit tv series “The Beverly Hillbillies,” which aired through 1971.

Kulp ran for Congress as a Democrat from Port Royal, Pa., in the 1980s, but was defeated after “Beverly Hillbillies” co-star Buddy Ebsen publicly opposed her.

She then moved to Palm Springs and became involved in several charity organizations, including the Humane Society of the Desert, the Desert Theater and United Cerebral Palsy.

No known survivors.

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