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Betsy Blair (1923–2009)

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 »


(age 85) in London, England, UK

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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
 1988 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Lady McLaidlaw
- Suspicion (1988) ... Lady McLaidlaw
 1986 Descent Into Hell
Mrs. Burns
 1986 Maggie (TV Movie)
Eulene Booker
 1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilbur
- Vengeance Is Mine Inc. (1980) ... Mrs. Wilbur
 1975 2nd House (TV Series)
- Saul Bellow (1975) ... Naomi
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
- The Blue Film (1975) ... Bobbie
 1975 Daft As a Brush (TV Movie)
Mrs. Major
 1973 A Delicate Balance
 1968 Marry Me! Marry Me!
Second English Teacher
 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
 1960 Silver Spoon Set
Contessa Rita Cherè
 1960 Lies My Father Told Me
 1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Ponyman (1958)
 1957 Il Grido
 1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Will to Live (1957)
 1957 The Halliday Brand
Martha Halliday
 1956 Main Street
 1956 Meeting in Paris
Nancy Blanding
 1955 Marty
 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
 1947 A Double Life
Girl in Wig Shop
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Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

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3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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"It's ridiculous that there is such a thing as prejudice. People are frightened of something different." - regarding her blacklisting. See more »


Blacklisted because of her left-wing sympathies, although she never actually joined the Communist Party. She wanted to join, but the Party decided that she was more useful as the wife of "liberal, progressive" Gene Kelly. Nonetheless, she was blacklisted despite an Academy Award nomination for Marty (1955). She later transplanted herself to England for a long period. Played Polly Draper's ... See more »

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