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Betsy Blair (December 11, 1923 – March 13, 2009) was an American actress of film and stage, long based in London.

Blair pursued a career in entertainment from the age of eight, and as a child worked as an amateur dancer, performed on radio, and worked as a model, before joining the chorus of Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe in 1940. There she met Gene Kelly. They were married the following year, when she was seventeen years old. The couple divorced sixteen years later, in 1957.

After work in the theatre, Blair began her film career playing supporting roles in films such as A Double Life (1947) and Another Part of the Forest (1948). Her interest in Marxism led to an investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee and Blair was blacklisted for some time, but resumed her career with a critically acclaimed performance in Marty (1955), winning a BAFTA Award and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She continued her career with regular theatre, film and television work until the mid 1990s.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Betsy Blair (December 11, 1923 – March 13, 2009) was an American actress of film and stage, long based in London.

Blair pursued a career in entertainment from the age of eight, and as a child worked as an amateur dancer, performed on radio, and worked as a model, before joining the chorus of Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe in 1940. There she met Gene Kelly. They were married the following year, when she was seventeen years old. The couple divorced sixteen years later, in 1957.

After work in the theatre, Blair began her film career playing supporting roles in films such as A Double Life (1947) and Another Part of the Forest (1948). Her interest in Marxism led to an investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee and Blair was blacklisted for some time, but resumed her career with a critically acclaimed performance in Marty (1955), winning a BAFTA Award and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She continued her career with regular theatre, film and television work until the mid 1990s.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 26

Birthday 1923-12-11

Day of Death 2009-03-13

Place of Birth Cliffside Park, New Jersey, USA

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Also Known As

  • Elizabeth Winifred Boger

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2003 Broadway: The Golden Age as Herself
2002 Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer as Herself
1994 Scarlett (4 episodes) as Sister of Mercy
1988 Betrayed as Gladys Simmons
1988 Suspicion as Lady McLaidlaw
1987 thirtysomething (2 episodes)
1986 Descent Into Hell as Mrs. Burns
1986 Flight of the Spruce Goose as Helen
1979 Tales of the Unexpected (1 episode)
1973 A Delicate Balance as Edna
1968 Marry Me! Marry Me! as Second English Teacher
1962 Careless
1962 All Night Long as Emily
1960 The Dolphins as Contessa Rita Cherè
1957 Il Grido as Elvia
1957 The Halliday Brand as Martha Halliday
1956 Main Street as Isabel
1956 Rencontre à Paris as Nancy Blanding
1955 Marty as Clara Snyder
1951 Kind Lady as Ada Elcott
1950 No Way Out as Telephone Operator (uncredited)
1950 Mystery Street as Jackie Elcott
1948 The Snake Pit as Hester
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (1 episode)
1947 A Double Life as Girl in Wig Shop
1947 The Guilt of Janet Ames as Katie

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