Betsy Blair

Betsy Blair

  • Born on
    • December 11th, 1923
  • Died on
    • March 13th, 2009
Betsy Blair 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.


Acting (14 Credits)

1994Scarlett as Sister of Mercy
1988Betrayed as Gladys Simmons
1973A Delicate Balance as Edna
1962All Night Long as Emily
1957Il Grido as Elvia
1956Main Street as Isabel
1955Marty as Clara Snyder
1951Kind Lady as Ada Elcott
1950Mystery Street as Jackie Elcott
1950No Way Out as Telephone Operator (uncredited)
1948Another Part of the Forest as Birdie Bagtry
1948The Snake Pit as Hester
1947The Guilt of Janet Ames as Katie
1947A Double Life as Girl in Wig Shop

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