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FactGraduated from Oberlin College.

Nancy Giles is an American actress, comedian, and commentator. She has appeared on television shows such as China Beach, The Cosby Show, and Murphy Brown. Giles has also been a regular contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning since 2002.

Early Life

Giles was born in New York City on January 28, 1961. Her father, Lawrence, was an advertising executive, and her mother, Barbara, was a homemaker. Giles has two older sisters, Susan and Linda. Giles was raised in the suburbs of New York City. She attended the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan. Giles graduated from Wesleyan University in 1983 with a degree in theater.


Giles began her career as an actress. She appeared on the television show China Beach from 1988 to 1991. Giles also had roles on The Cosby Show and Murphy Brown. In 2002, Giles became a regular contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning. She has also appeared on The View and The Early Show. Giles has been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered and ABC’s Good Morning America.

In 2010, Giles starred in the play Race at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The play was about the O. J. Simpson murder trial. Giles has also appeared in the films Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles and For Love or Money.

In 2015, Giles was named one of the 50 best commentators in America by The Huffington Post.

Personal Life

Giles is divorced and has two daughters.

Physical Characteristics

Giles is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.

General Info

Full NameNancy Giles
ProfessionScreenwriter, Comedian, Commentator, TV Journalist, Actor
EducationOberlin College


ParentsThomas Jefferson Giles, Dorothy Aileen Giles


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program
MoviesNew York Stories, Angie, I'm Not Rappaport, States of Control, True Crime, Joshua, Superheroes, Hold Up, The Inquisition Of Camilo Sanz, This Won't Hurt a Bit!
TV ShowsHey Joel, PB&J Otter, China Beach, CBS News Sunday Morning, Delta, Fox After Breakfast

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1Was the original speaking voice for Sawyer in Cats Don't Dance (1997) but her voice work was replaced by the performance of Jasmine Guy when the film was already 90% finished.
2Graduated from Oberlin College.




The Jim Gaffigan Show2015TV SeriesEleanor Williams
Irrational Man2015President's Assistant
The Inquisition of Camilo Sanz2014Torquemada
The Foxy Merkins2013Featured Interview
The Electric Company2009TV SeriesMrs. Mappler
Superheroes2007Barbara Finch
Joshua2007Betsy Polsheck
Hold Up2006/IShortMeghan
Law & Order2004TV SeriesClaudia Gaines
The Jury2004TV SeriesTamira Davis
The Wrong Coast2004TV SeriesVarious Celebrity Voices
Marie and Bruce2004Enid
Hey Joel2003TV SeriesZ
Pop Life2002Marcia
Grand Theft Auto 32001Video GamePedestrian (voice)
Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory2001Video GameRobot (voice)
Star Wars: Episode I - Jedi Power Battles2000Video GameAdi Gallia (voice)
True Crime1999Leesha Mitchell
Spin City1998TV SeriesSocial Worker
PB&J Otter1998TV SeriesAunt Nanner
States of Control1997Volker
I'm Not Rappaport1996Ella Mae Tilden
Fox After Breakfast1996TV SeriesAnnouncer
Dream On1994-1995TV SeriesMarlene / Carolyn
Angie1994Bedside Nurse
Delta1992-1993TV SeriesConnie Morris
Fear of a Black Hat1993Loreatha
The Dollhouse Murders1992TV MovieLibrarian
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1992TV SeriesMadie
Davis Rules1992TV SeriesLouise
L.A. Law1991TV SeriesAngella Brown
In Living Color1991TV Series
China Beach1988-1991TV SeriesPvt. Frankie Bunsen / Ptv. Frankie Bunsted
Penn & Teller Get Killed1989TV Interviewer
New York Stories1989T.V. Interviewer (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Working Girl1988Petty Marsh Secretary
Me and Him1988Martella
Big1988Administrative Woman
Clinton and Nadine1988TV MovieAlice
The Equalizer1987TV SeriesBailiff
Off Beat1986Celestine


Hold Up2006/IShort dialogue


Hardball with Chris Matthews2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Bearhood2015TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Melissa Harris-Perry2012-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
MSNBC Live2014TV SeriesHerself
Up with Steve Kornacki2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton2013TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read2012Documentary voice
Snow Babies2012TV Movie documentaryNarrator (US)
Joy Behar: Say Anything!2012TV SeriesHerself
Caris' Peace2011DocumentaryHerself
CBS News Sunday Morning2007-2010TV Series documentaryHerself - Commentator
Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black2009TV MovieHerself
Before the Music Dies2006DocumentaryHerself - CBS Sunday Morning, Former New York DJ
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Series

Archive Footage

China Beach1989TV SeriesPvt. Frankie Bunsen


Won Awards

2015Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Morning ProgramCBS News Sunday Morning (1979)
2013Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Morning ProgramCBS News Sunday Morning (1979)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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