Janet Blair

Actor, Singer
Vivacious, honey-haired former band singer who turned to films after band leader Hal Kemp's death. Blair signed with Columbia and made her debut in "Three Girls on the Town" (1941). She gave one of her best performances ... Read more »
Born: 04/22/1921 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

The Smith Family 1970 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band 1968 (Movie)

Katie Bower (Actor)

Boys' Night Out 1962 (Movie)

Marge Drayton (Actor)

Burn, Witch, Burn 1962 (Movie)

Tansy Taylor (Actor)

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Caesar's Hour 1954 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Chevrolet on Broadway 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Public Pigeon No. 1 1957 (Movie)

Edith Enders (Actor)

The Chevrolet Tele-Theater 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

Something to Shout About 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Sister Eileen 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blondie Goes to College (Movie)

Laura Wadsworth (Actor)

Blondie Has Servant Trouble (Movie)

(Actor)

Broadway (Movie)

Billie (Actor)

Gallant Journey (Movie)

Regina Cleary (Actor)

Once Upon a Time (Movie)

Jeannie Thompson (Actor)

The Black Arrow (Movie)

Joanna Sedley (Actor)

The Fabulous Dorseys (Movie)

Jane Howard (Actor)

The Fuller Brush Man (Movie)

Ann Elliot (Actor)

Tonight and Every Night (Movie)

Judy Kane (Actor)

Two Yanks in Trinidad (Movie)

Patricia Dare (Actor)

Biography

Vivacious, honey-haired former band singer who turned to films after band leader Hal Kemp's death. Blair signed with Columbia and made her debut in "Three Girls on the Town" (1941). She gave one of her best performances as the title character, a slightly vacuous, man-attracting beauty, opposite plain-jane sister Rosalind Russell in the lively "My Sister Eileen" (1942), a romantic comedy of two sisters who move from Ohio to New York City's Greenwich Village. After a number of disappointing films and roles, Blair left film in 1948 and later had great success on stage in the touring production of "South Pacific" (1950-52). She also briefly replaced Nanette Fabray as Sid Caesar's "wife" on "Caesar's Hour" (1956-57). Blair made a handful of films in the 1950s and 60s, the best of which was the moody horror drama, "Burn, Witch, Burn/Night of the Eagle" (1962), in which she played a wife who resorts to witchcraft. She also co-starred with Henry Fonda on the short-lived TV series, "The Smith Family" (1971-72).

Relationships

Florence Lafferty

Mother

Fred Lafferty Jr

Brother

Louis Lafferty

Sister

Louis Busch

Husband
married in 1943 divorced in 1950

Fred Lafferty

Father
church soloist and choir master

Nick Mayo

Husband
married on October 5, 1952 divorced in 1972

Amanda Mayo

Daughter
born 1959

Andrew Mayo

Son
born 1961

Milestones

1968

last feature credit to date, "The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band"

1957

Returned to films to act in "Public Pigeon No. 1"

1950

Made musical theater debut in touring company of "South Pacific"

1948

Left films after appearing in "The Fuller Brush Man" and "Black Arrow"

1940

Film debut, "Three Girls About Town"

Performed in supper clubs

Co-starred with Henry Fonda in TV series, "The Smith Family"

Signed with NBC and Columbia

Made professional singing with Hal Kemp's band in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; later featured with the band

Made a film short and a screen test for 20th Century Fox but returned to touring with Hal Kemp band until Kemp died in a car accident

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