Home / Biography / Betsy Blair

Betsy Blair

Biography

American actress who received an Academy Award for Ideal Supporting Actress on her behalf role in the 1955 traditional Marty. She was also the 1st wife of acting professional Gene Kelly. She worked well like a dancer when she was eight years of age, which led her into modeling and branched her profession to performing. She had assisting functions in the 1947 film A Two times Life as well as the 1948 film Another Area of the Forest. After her relationship to Gene Kelly, which spanned from 1941 to 1957, she was wedded to post-war filmmaker Karel Reisz from 1963 until his loss of life in 2002. She and Ernest Borgnine both received Academy Honours for their functions in 1955’s Marty.

Quick Facts


Full Name Betsy Blair
Date Of Birth December 11, 1923
Died March 13, 2009, London, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth Cliffside Park, NJ
Height 1.68 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American
Spouse Karel Reisz, Gene Kelly, Roger Pigaut
Children Kerry Kelly
Parents Frederica Ammon, William Kidd Boger
Awards BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress, Chicago International Film Festival Career Achievement Award
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Movies Marty, Il Grido, Main Street, Betrayed, A Double Life, The Snake Pit, The Guilt of Janet Ames, A Delicate Balance, All Night Long, Kind Lady, The Dauphins, Another Part of the Forest, Careless, Mystery Street, The Halliday Brand, Marry Me! Marry Me!, Meeting in Paris, Lies My Father Told Me, The Wings of the Dove, Death of a Salesman
TV Shows Scarlett
Star Sign Sagittarius

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1 Lived with actor and director Roger Pigaut in Paris (her favorite city) in between her marriages to Gene Kelly in the U.S. and director Karel Reisz in England.
2 Upon her death she was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium in London, England. Her ashes are currently in possession of her daughter.
3 Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch).
4 Fluent in French.
5 Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1980.
6 Chose a book of song lyrics and an ice cream maker as her book and luxury, respectively, as a guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs (broadcast 17 June 2005). Her records included Gene Kelly's "I Got Rhythm," Jimmy Durante's "Someone To Love," and a song from "Porgy and Bess.".
7 Gave birth to her only child at age 18, a daughter Kerry Kelly on October 16, 1942. Child's father was her 1st husband, Gene Kelly.
8 Played "Old Laura Brown" in The Hours (2002). The director and producer believed that people would not recognize the character. Julianne Moore, who played "Young Laura Brown", re-shot her scenes with age makeup.
9 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 character's mother on Thirtysomething (1987) originally, but Lois Smith took over the role later for reasons unknown.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Scarlett 1994 TV Mini-Series Sister of Mercy
Thirtysomething 1989 TV Series Marjorie Warren
Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair 1988 TV Movie Grace Simpson
Betrayed 1988 Gladys Simmons
American Playhouse 1988 TV Series Lady McLaidlaw
Descente aux enfers 1986 Mrs. Burns
Maggie 1986 TV Movie Eulene Booker
Flight of the Spruce Goose 1986 Helen
Tales of the Unexpected 1980 TV Series Mrs. Wilbur
BBC Play of the Month 1966-1979 TV Series Susan Stringham Mrs. Winemiller Linda
Gejaagd door de winst (of het A.B.C. van de moderne samenleving) 1978 Short Germaine
2nd House 1975 TV Series Naomi
Shades of Greene 1975 TV Series Bobbie
Daft As a Brush 1975 TV Movie Mrs. Major
A Delicate Balance 1973 Edna
Marry Me! Marry Me! 1968 Second English Teacher
ITV Play of the Week 1965 TV Series Lola Delaney
Careless 1962 Amalia Brentani
All Night Long 1962 Emily
Silver Spoon Set 1960 Countess Margherita Cherè
Lies My Father Told Me 1960 Mother
ITV Television Playhouse 1958 TV Series
Il Grido 1957 Elvia
Goodyear Playhouse 1957 TV Series
The Halliday Brand 1957 Martha Halliday
Main Street 1956 Isabel
Rencontre à Paris 1956 Nancy Blanding
Marty 1955 Clara
Kind Lady 1951 Ada Elcott
The Ford Theatre Hour 1950 TV Series
No Way Out 1950 Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Mystery Street 1950 Jackie Elcott
Kraft Theatre 1950 TV Series
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 1950 TV Series
The Snake Pit 1948 Hester
Another Part of the Forest 1948 Birdie Bagtry
A Double Life 1947 Girl in Wig Shop
The Guilt of Janet Ames 1947 Katie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Versión española 2006 TV Series Herself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 2003 Documentary Herself
American Masters 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
Hollywood Greats 1978-2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Great Performances 1999 TV Series Herself
Tempo 1964 TV Series Herself
Tours 1959 1960 Documentary short Elle-même - membre du jury du Festival de Tours

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary post-production Herself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2010 TV Special Herself - In Memoriam
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2010 TV Special Herself - Memorial Tribute
XXIV Premios Anuales de la Academia 2010 TV Special Herself - Memorial Tribute
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 TV Special Herself - Memorial Tribute
Cinema 3 2009 TV Series Herself / Isabel
Diálogos de cine 2008 TV Movie Isabel

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 Career Achievement Award Chicago International Film Festival
1956 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actress Marty (1955)
1956 Special Mention Venice Film Festival Calle Mayor (1956)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1956 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role Marty (1955)


Looks like we don't have salary information. Sorry!


#Quote
1 It certainly wasn't much of a career. For all my ambitions, I think my life was more important to me.
2 Recalling the Blacklist era: "To sit out the McCarthy era in a house on Rodeo Drive as Mrs. Gene Kelly is not so bad. But the atmosphere that prevailed eventually destroyed my marriage. My ideas ran against the political currents of the time. By 1957 we were divorced."
3 "It's ridiculous that there is such a thing as prejudice. People are frightened of something different." - regarding her blacklisting.


Looks like we don't have trademarks information. Sorry!

Check Also

Deverick Maddox

Muser using a username of hennyluca that has earned the confirmation crown and amassed more …