Betsy Blair

Betsy Blair
Date of Birth:
Dec 11, 1923
Gene Kelly, (m. 1941; Div. 1957),Karel Reisz, (m. 1963; D. 2002)
Years active:
Mar 13, 2009

Betsy Blair - Biography Summary

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, and 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, mainly in Europe, work until the mid-1990s.

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