Betsy Blair Overview:

Actress, Betsy Blair, was born Elizabeth Winifred Boger on Dec 11, 1923 in Cliffside Park, NJ. Blair died at the age of 85 on Mar 13, 2009 in London, UK .

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Although Blair was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1955Best Supporting ActressMarty (1955)Clara SnyderNominated
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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.

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.".

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.

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