Betsy Blair

Actress, Dancer
Betsy Blair began her career on stage in the early 1940s and, after a break for marriage and motherhood with her first husband, dancing legend Gene Kelly, made her film debut in "The Guilt of Janet Ames" (1947). She ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1923 in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

Marcus Welby, MD -- A Holiday Affair 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Betrayed 1988 (Movie)

Gladys Simmons (Actor)

Suspicion 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Descente aux enfers 1986 (Movie)

Mrs Burns (Actor)

Maggie 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Flight of the Spruce Goose 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Delicate Balance 1972 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

Marry Me! Marry Me! 1969 (Movie)

2nd English Teacher (Actor)

All Night Long 1963 (Movie)

Emily--Johnny's Wife (Actor)

Senilita 1961 (Movie)

Amalia (Actor)

The Dauphins 1959 (Movie)

Chere (Actor)

Il Grido 1957 (Movie)

Elvira (Actor)

Main Street 1955 (Movie)

Isabella (Actor)

Marty 1955 (Movie)

Clara (Actor)

A Double Life (Movie)

Girl in Wig Shop (Actor)

Kind Lady (Movie)

Ada Elcott (Actor)

Mystery Street (Movie)

Jackie Elcott (Actor)

Suspicion (Movie)

Lady McLaidlaw (Actor)

The Snake Pit (Movie)

Hester (Actor)

Biography

Betsy Blair began her career on stage in the early 1940s and, after a break for marriage and motherhood with her first husband, dancing legend Gene Kelly, made her film debut in "The Guilt of Janet Ames" (1947). She went on to draw notice for her turn as a down-on-her-luck rich girl in "Another Part of the Forest" and as one of the mad women in "The Snake Pit" (both 1948). Blair, though, was perhaps best remembered for her sensitive portrayal of the plain schoolteacher who finds love with Ernest Borgnine in "Marty" (1955), for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.

Relationships

Gene Kelly Actor

Husband
Met when Blair was 15 and married two years later Married 1941 Divorced 1957

Kerry Kelly

Daughter
Born October 16, 1942 father, Gene Kelly

Toby Reisz Actor

Step-Son
Son of Karel Reisz and Julia Coppard

Karel Reisz Actor

Husband
Married 1963 until his death Nov. 25, 2002

Barney Reisz Actor

Step-Son
Son of Karel Reisz and Julia Coppard

Matthew Reisz

Step-Son
Son of Karel Reisz and Julia Coppard

Milestones

1994

Returned to acting as Sister Mary Catherine in the CBS miniseries "Scarlett"

1988

Played Tom Berringer's mother in Costa-Gavras' "Betrayed"

1988

Cast as Lady McLaidlaw in the TV remake of "Suspicion" (PBS)

1986

Returned to features in "Flight of the Spruce Goose"

1973

Played Joseph Cotten's wife in "A Delicate Balance"' last film for more than a decade

1968

Appeared in Claude Berri's "Marry Me, Marry Me"

1957

Acted in Michelangelo Antonioni's "Il Grido/The Outcry"

1956

Portrayed spinster schoolteacher who does not get her man in Juan Antonio Bardem's "Calle Mayor/The Lovemaker"

1955

Won an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her sensitive, plain schoolteacher in "Marty"

1951

Re-teamed with Sturges for "Kind Lady"

1950

Appeared in the John Sturges directed, "Mystery Street"

1948

Played the daughter of an aristocratic family in "Another Part of the Forest"

1947

Made film acting debut in "The Guilt of Janet Ames"

1944

Was understudy for role of Laura in the original Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie"

1940

Returned to Broadway in William Saroyan's "The Beautiful People"; produced and directed by the playwright

1940

Appeared on Broadway in support of Ethel Merman in Cole Porter's "Panama Hattie"

Moved to France and lived there for about five years

After second marriage, settled in England

Joined the chorus of Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe, where Gene Kelly was working as choreographer

Bonus Trivia

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Blair was Blacklisted in 1950 for several years, which prompted her to seek work on stage in New York and in Europe.

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