Betsy Blair (1923–2009)


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Betsy Blair was born in Cliffside, New Jersey, a child model before finding work as a chorus dancer at the early age of 15. She received her first mini-break on Broadway in "Panama Hattie" in 1940 delivering a single line, but by the next year she had copped the ingénue lead in William Saroyan's "The Beautiful People." At around the same time, she... See full bio »

Died:

(age 85) in London, England, UK

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Known For

Marty Clara Snyder
(1955)
Main Street Isabel
(1956)
Kind Lady Ada Elcott
(1951)
Careless Amalia Brentani
(1962)

Filmography

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 1994 Scarlett (TV Mini Series)
Sister of Mercy
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Sister of Mercy
 1989 Thirtysomething (TV Series)
Marjorie Warren
- Payment Due (1989) ... Marjorie Warren
- No Promises (1989) ... Marjorie Warren
 1988 Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair (TV Movie)
Grace Simpson
 1988 Betrayed
Gladys Simmons
 1987 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Lady McLaidlaw
- Suspicion (1987) ... Lady McLaidlaw
 1986 Descent Into Hell
Mrs. Burns
 1986 Maggie (TV Movie)
Eulene Booker
 1982 Month of the Doctors (TV Mini Series)
Rose Pinneo
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Rose Pinneo
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Rose Pinneo
 1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilbur
- Vengeance Is Mine Inc. (1980) ... Mrs. Wilbur
 1966-1979 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Susan Stringham / Mrs. Winemiller / Linda
- The Wings of the Dove (1979) ... Susan Stringham
- Summer and Smoke (1972) ... Mrs. Winemiller
- Death of a Salesman (1966) ... Linda
 1977 Experts of Evil (Short)
Germaine
 1975 2nd House (TV Series)
Naomi
- Saul Bellow (1975) ... Naomi
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Bobbie
- The Blue Film (1975) ... Bobbie
 1975 Daft As a Brush (TV Movie)
Mrs. Major
 1973 A Delicate Balance
Edna
 1968 Marry Me! Marry Me!
Second English Teacher
 1966 The Lost Peace (TV Mini Series)
- Not nostrums but normalcy (1966) ... (voice)
 1965 Love Story (TV Series)
 1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Lola Delaney
- Come Back Little Sheba (1965) ... Lola Delaney
 1962 Careless
Amalia Brentani
 1962 All Night Long
Emily
 1960 Silver Spoon Set
Countess Margherita Cherè
 1960 Lies My Father Told Me
Mother
 1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Josie Pritchard
- The Ponyman (1958) ... Josie Pritchard
 1957 Il Grido
Elvia
 1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Will to Live (1957)
 1957 The Halliday Brand
Martha Halliday
 1956 Main Street
Isabel
 1956 Meeting in Paris
Nancy Blanding
 1955 Marty
Clara Snyder
 1951 Kind Lady
Ada Elcott
 1950 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
- The Married Look (1950)
 1950 No Way Out
Telephone Operator (uncredited)
 1950 Mystery Street
Jackie Elcott
 1950 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 The Snake Pit
Hester
 1948 Another Part of the Forest
Birdie Bagtry
 1947 A Double Life
Girl in Wig Shop
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)

Spouse:

Karel Reisz  (his death) | See more »

Parents:

Boger, William Kidd | Ammon, Frederica
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Recalling the Blacklist era: "To sit out the McCarthy era in a house on Rodeo Drive as Mrs. Gene Kelly is not so bad. But the atmosphere that prevailed eventually destroyed my marriage. My ideas ran against the political currents of the time. By 1957 we were divorced." See more »

Trivia:

Gave birth to her only child at age 18, a daughter Kerry Kelly on October 16, 1942. Child's father was her 1st husband, Gene Kelly. See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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