Nell Van Dort is Victor Van Dort's mother. She is married to William Van Dort, the successful owner of a cannery. She is very conceited and craves any sort of connection to the higher orders of society.
She first appears in the musical number "According to plan" along with her husband. Not much is know about her past only that her family is "new money" compared to the seemingly wealthy Everglots. To gain more of a step in high society, she and William organize an arranged marriage along with the Everglots.