Betty Buckley

Actor, Singer, Pageant contestant
A Tony winner for the original Broadway production of "Cats," Betty Buckley was one of musical theater's most acclaimed performers from the late 1960s through the 21st century. In addition to "Cats," which featured her ... Read more »
Born: 07/02/1947 in Big Spring, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Cut and Dry 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Getting On 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mummy an' the Armadillo 2014 (Movie)

Let (Actor)

Pretty Little Liars 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Five Time Champion 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Chicago Code 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pacific 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Happening 2008 (Movie)

Mrs. Jones (Actor)

Vinegar Hill 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jury 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1991 - 1992, 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monk 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dick Van Patten: The Sure Bet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Noon Blue Apples 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Betty Buckley 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Eight Is Enough: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Simply Irresistible 1999 (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: The Virgin Mary 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ride For Your Life 1995 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

Virginia Earp (Actor)

Rain Without Thunder 1993 (Movie)

Beverly Goldring (Actor)

Ryan's Hope 1974 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Taking a Stand 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Woman 1988 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

Frantic 1988 (Movie)

Sondra Walker (Actor)

Wild Thing 1987 (Movie)

Leah (Actor)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Evergreen 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Salute to Lady Liberty 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

Dixie Scott (Actor)

Eight Is Enough 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rubber Gun Squad 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Carrie 1976 (Movie)

Miss Collins (Actor)

Babycakes (TV Show)

Actor

Betrayal of Trust (TV Show)

Actor

Critical Choices (TV Show)

Actor

Roses Are For the Rich (TV Show)

Actor

The Ordeal of Bill Carney (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

("Over You""The Best Bedroom in Town") (Song Performer)

Biography

A Tony winner for the original Broadway production of "Cats," Betty Buckley was one of musical theater's most acclaimed performers from the late 1960s through the 21st century. In addition to "Cats," which featured her show-stopping rendition of "Memory," she received a Tony nomination for 1997's "Triumph of Love" and an Olivier Award nomination for the 1994 production of "Sunset Blvd." Buckley was also a regular performer on television, most notably for her four-year run as the stepmother of the oversized Bradford brood on "Eight is Enough" (ABC, 1977-1981), and as the prison music teacher on "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003).

Relationships

Betty Bob Buckley

Mother

Ernest Buckley

Father
born in South Dakota

Norman Buckley

Brother
younger

Brian De Palma Director

Companion
Had relationship before filming of "Carrie" (1976)

Peter Flood

Husband
married in 1972 divorced in 1974

EDUCATION

studied acting with Stella Adler in NYC

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth , Texas
graduated

Milestones

2002

Acted in the play "Buffalo Gal" in its premiere in Buffalo

2002

Appeared in the Sundance-screened independent feature "Noon Blue Apples"

2001

Had recurring role on the HBO drama "Oz" as the birth mother of prisoner Ryan O'Reilly

1999

Made rare non-singing stage appearance in the Off-Broadway production of Nicky Silver's "The Eros Trilogy"

1999

Had supporting role as Sarah Michelle Gellar's aunt in the feature "Simply Irresistible"

1998

Starred as Mama Rose in "Gypsy" at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey

1997

Filmed cameo role in Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperers"; part cut from final release

1997

Returned to Broadway in "Triumph of Love"; show closed after a short run; received Best Actress in a Musical Tony nomination

1996

Made concert debut at Carnegie Hall (June 10)

1994

Played the matriarch of the Earp family in Lawrence Kasdan's "Wyatt Earp"

1988

Co-starred as Harrison Ford's wife in Roman Polanski's "Frantic"

1988

Starred as Margaret White, the mother of the title character, in the ill-fated musical adaptation of "Carrie"

1986

Replaced Bernadette Peters in the lead role as Emma in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Song & Dance"

1985

TV debut in a miniseries, "Evergreen"

1982

Cast in "Cats", sang the song "Memory" which became her signature song; won Tony Award as Featured Actress in a Musical

1982

First lead in a feature, "Tender Mercies"

1981

Appeared in first network TV-movie "The Ordeal of Bill Carney"

1979

Was uncredited singer on the soundtrack to Milos Forman's "Hair"

1977

TV series debut as regular, "Eight Is Enough"; played stepmother Abby Bradford on the ABC series

1977

Had featured role in the busted NBC pilot "The Rubber Gun Squad"

1976

Feature film debut as the gym teacher in "Carrie"

1969

Made London stage debut in "Promises, Promises"

1968

Stage acting debut in a musical, "1776"

1967

Competed in the Miss America Pageant

1966

Won the Miss Texas title

TV debut in PBS production of "The Devil's Work"

Worked for a year as a reporter for the Fort Worth Press

Born and raised in Big Spring, Texas

Appeared as Norma Desmond in Lloyd Webber's stage musical "Sunset Boulevard"; first played the role in London and later on Broadway

Had the title role in Rupert Holmes' award-winning musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Bonus Trivia

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"My problems [during the run of 'Eight Is Enough'] weren't drugs. I was just a rebellious, outspoken, very serious actress, and I did not want to be sold out to stereotypical notions of what they thought an all-American woman was supposed to be like. My original sin in Hollywood is that I dared to challenge male authority. I"ve since learned to temper my strength and mellow my voice so it can be heard. Thank God I could sing." --Buckley quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, January 5, 1997

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Buckley received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Marymount Manhattan College in 1995.

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She received an honorary degree from the Boston Conservatory in 1998

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