Veteran actress Elizabeth Norment, best known for her role as Nancy Kaufberger, the loyal secretary to politician Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) on Netflix’s House Of Cards, has died. Norment died of cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City on October 13, according to a death notice in The Washington Post. She was 61.
Norment had guest roles in numerous other TV series including Blue Bloods, Political Animals, Law & Order, Party Of Five and Doogie Howser, MD among others. On the film side, she also had small parts in Gene Wilder’s romantic comedy The Woman In Red (1984), and the 1997 films Murder In Mind and the Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow starrer Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion.
Norment was born in Washington, D.C., and began acting professionally in the theater in 1980 following her graduation from Yale University, when she was invited to join Robert Brustein’s American Repertory Theatre. She went on to work with such companies as the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Colony Theater in Los Angeles. She credited much of her later success in film and television to her roles in several Shakespeare classics including As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing. She told the Los Angeles Times in a 1991 interview, “A lot of people in the business either saw them or heard about them (her performances). I’ve been working steadily ever since.”