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Betty Buckley Biography

  • Profession: Actor, Producer
  • Born: Jul 3, 1947
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Texas-born actress Betty Buckley decided upon a theatrical career when, at a very early age, she was taken by her mother to a Fort Worth production of [[Feature~V37119~The Pajama Game~thepajamagame]]. A trained singer and dancer, Ms. Buckley made her professional bow on the musical stage, reaching Broadway at age 22 as Mrs. Thomas Jefferson in the original production of [[Feature~V56~1776~1776]]. Additional Broadway credits include two seasons' worth of [[Feature~V38215~Pippin~pippin]] (73-75), three years in Cats (82-85) (for which she won a Tony Award), and a healthy run in 1985's The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Betty's first film was [[Feature~V8351~Carrie~carrie]] (76), in which she played the tough girl's gym coach whose punishment of Carrie's tormentors set the plot in motion. One year after [[Feature~V8351~Carrie~carrie]], she replaced the late Diana Hyland on the popular TV "dramedy" [[Feature~V125255~Eight is Enough~aneightisenoughwedding]], playing the stepmother of a eight-kid brood (at the time, she was two years younger than the oldest kid!) Always on the lookout for an opportunity to sing, Betty took a fraction of her salary to play a Tammy Wynette-style country western star in 1983's [[Feature~V49045~Tender Mercies~tendermercies]]. In 1995, amidst a flurry of press attention, Betty Buckley successfully took over for Glenn Close as "Norma Desmond" in the Broadway production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical [[Feature~V47703~Sunset Boulevard~sunsetboulevard]] (Betty had already scored a hit in the London production). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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