Shani Wallis

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Shani Wallis
Born (1933-04-16) 16 April 1933 (age 84)
Tottenham, Middlesex, England
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1953–2006
Spouse(s) Bernie Rich (m. 1968)
Children 1

Shani Wallis (born 16 April 1933) is an English-born American actress and singer of theatre, television and film, in both her native United Kingdom and in the United States. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the West End, and for the role of Nancy in the 1968 Oscar-winning film musical Oliver!.


Wallis was born in Tottenham, Middlesex, and made her first stage appearance at the age of four and later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) on a scholarship and resumed her theatrical career appearing in many London and provincial productions. She made her theatrical debut in Call Me Madam at the London Coliseum (as "Princess Marie") with Anton Walbrook.

Wallis is a naturalized citizen of the United States, where she has lived for more than forty years. She married her agent Bernie Rich on 13 September 1968, and they have one child and two granddaughters.[1] Wallis is a patron of the theatre charity the Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America.[2]

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She also appeared in the first television version of "Once Upon A Mattress" as Lady Larkin, with most of the original Broadway cast.

British TV[edit]


  • A Time for Singing (1966) - Original Broadway cast recording
  • "Look To Love" (1967) Kapp 8388
  • Oliver! (1968) - Original film cast recording
  • Call Me Madam - Original London stage recording
  • Wish You Were Here - Original London stage recording
  • The Girl From Oliver
  • I'm a Girl!, Kapp Records Stereo KS-3472
  • Personality, Please Don't Say No, Don't Take Your Love Away From Me, There Goes My Heart, with Wally Stott
  • From Atlanta To Goodbye (Richard Ahlert-Leon Carr) and Another Monday (Stanley Jay Gelber): both KAPP K-2044 (produced by Hy Grill; with musical direction by Jimmy Dale)


  1. ^ "I'd do anything to be a judge on I'd Do Anything ... but all they offered me was a one-minute slot, says the original Nancy", Daily Mail (online edition), 22 March 2008, accessed 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Our Treasured Patrons", The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America (online), accessed 1 August 2013.
  3. ^ Princess Theatre, Melbourne theatre programme (1958)
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