Friday, March 20, 2009

R.I.P. Betsy Blair

Actress Betsy Blair, who at one time was married to famed actor-dancer-director Gene Kelly and director Karel Reisz—and was later blacklisted for her affiliation with leftist political causes—has passed away in London at the age of 85 after a long bout with cancer.

Among Blair’s notable films: A Double Life (1947), The Snake Pit (1948), Another Part of the Forest (1948), Mystery Street (1950), Kind Lady (1951), The Halliday Brand (1957) and Betrayed (1988). But classic movie lovers probably remember her best as Clara Snyder, the wallflower who falls in love with lonely butcher Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine) in the 1955 Best Picture winner Marty (1955; for which she received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress),

Since I have, in the past, had difficulty telling the difference between Betsy Blair and actress Sally Forrest (long story here) I’m probably unqualified to do a proper evaluation of Blair’s career—you’d be better off with these tributes at Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings and Rebel Without a Cause – Live Fast, Die Young.

R.I.P., Ms. Blair. You will be missed.

1 comment:

Kate Gabrielle said...

How sad. And I never knew she was married to Gene Kelly...