Betty Buckley

Musician / Stage Actress / Film Actress / Television Actress | * 07/03/1947 (74) | Big Spring, Texas (United States of America (USA))
Betty Lynn Buckley (born July 3, 1947) is an American actress and singer. Buckley is the winner of a Tony Award, and was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Olivier Award. In 2012, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Buckley won the 1983 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Grizabella in the original Broadway production of Cats. She went on to play Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (1994–96) in both London and New York, receiving a 1995 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, and was nominated for the 1997 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Triumph of Love. Her other Broadway credits include 1776 (1969), Pippin (1973), and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1985). From September 2018-August 2019 she starred as the title role in the U.S. national tour of Hello, Dolly. Buckley starred in the TV series Eight Is Enough from 1977 to 1981 and played gym teacher Miss Collins in the 1976 film Carrie, before going on to star in the short-lived Broadway musical version of Carrie..."> ()
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Betty Lynn Buckley is a Tony-winning American actress and singer who has worked extensively in film, television and theatre. She possesses a singing of voice of great power and beauty and has achieved great success in cabaret and concerts. Betty has also sustained a successful recording career with numerous cast albums and 18 solo albums to her credit, for which she has been nominated for two Grammys.Buckley is widely known for the 1977–81 TV series Eight Is Enough. She joined the show in its second season when the original star, Diana Hyland, died after the first four episodes of season one, and her character Joan Bradford died as well. Buckley was cast as the central character's new romantic interest, Sandra Sue "Abby" Abbott, who became stepmother of the eight children to which the series' title refers. Betty later received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Program/Special, for NBC Special Treat - Bobby and Sarah (1984) and ABC Afterschool Special - Taking a Stand (1989).From 2001 to 2003, Betty Buckley played a role in seasons 4–6 of the HBO series Oz. She also has guest-starred in a number of television series, including Without a Trace, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Monk. Betty also guest-starred in a Christmas special of the TV series Remember WENN, in which she sang "You Make It Christmas".On film, Buckley appeared in the original movie version of Carrie in 1976, playing Miss Collins, Carrie's gym teacher. She went on to appear as Margaret White in the notorious 1987 musical adaptation of the film on Broadway; an expensive and creatively disastrous flop in which she nevertheless scored a personal triumph. In 1977, she recorded an uncredited solo on the song "Walking in Space", in the movie Hair.Her screen roles during the 1980s include Bruce Beresford's film Tender Mercies, where she played a country music singer and sang the Academy Award-nominated song "Over You". She also appeared in the Woody Allen film Another Woman (1988), Roman Polanski's Frantic (1988) and Lawrence's Kasden's Wyatt Earp (1994). In 2008, Buckley played Mrs. Jones in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening. In 2017, Buckley was one of the stars of M. Night Shyamalan's Split, a major success which was the number-one film at the box office for three weeks running.Buckley has worked regularly in the theatre throughout her career. In 1969, she made her Broadway debut as Martha Washington in the original company of Tony winner 1776; a role she famously won on her first day in New York. That same year, she made her West End debut in the original London cast of Promises, Promises.In 1982, Buckley starred as Grizabella in the original Broadway production of the musical Cats, which features the song "Memory". For this role, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In 1985 she played the titular character in another Tony winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. This was the third time Buckley had originated a role in a show that went on to win the Tony for Best Musical. Buckley starred in both London (1994) and New York (1995) as Norma Desmond in the musical Sunset Boulevard. For her role in the London production, she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Thriller | TV Movies

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Awards & Nominations for Betty Buckley

Daytime Emmy Awards Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical

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Movies with Betty Buckley as Actress(27)

as (archive footage)2017 The Making of 'Split'
as Karen Fletcher2016 Split
as Fran2012 Five Time Champion
as Mrs. Jones2008 The Happening
as Mary Margaret Grier2005 Vinegar Hill
as Grizabella (segment "Cats")2003 Broadway's Lost Treasures
as Rose Kross2002 Noon Blue Apples
as herself2001 Acting Carrie
as Aunt Stella1999 Simply Irresistible
as Dr. Margret Ludlow1996 Critical Choices
as Jan Galanti1994 Betrayal of Trust
as Virginia Earp1994 Wyatt Earp
as Beverly Goldring1993 Rain Without Thunder
as Wanda1989 Babycakes
as Sondra Walker1988 Frantic
as Kathy1988 Another Woman
as Leah1987 Wild Thing
as Dixie1983 Tender Mercies
as Barbara Slaner1981 The Ordeal of Bill Carney
as Miss Collins1976 Carrie

TV Shows/Series with Betty Buckley as Actress(17)

as Gran’ma2016 Preacher
as Patricia Arias2015 Supergirl
as Owl (voice)2015 Supergirl
as Olga Barlow2015 Chicago Med
as Jane2014 The Leftovers
as Regina Marin2010 Pretty Little Liars
as Catherine Ryder2002 Without a Trace
as Cheryl Fleming2002 Monk
as Attorney Walsh1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
as Mrs. Bradford1985 Evergreen
as Abby Bradford1977 Eight Is Enough
as herself1971 Great Performances

Additional Information

Full Name: Betty Lynn Buckley
Born: Thursday, 07/03 1947 (July) in Big Spring, Texas (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 74 years + 154 days)
Zodiac sign: Cancer (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Educated at: Texas Christian University, Arlington Heights High School
Other names for Betty Buckley (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Betty Lynn Buckley"
Betty Buckley frequently works together with these people:
Chad Lowe (9x, Actor)
Greg Berlanti (6x, Crew)
John Doman (5x, Actor)
Barry Levinson (5x, Crew)
Brian Kerwin (5x, Actor)
Timothy Busfield (5x, Actor)
Eriq La Salle (5x, Actor)
Plácido Domingo (5x, Actor)
Sam Catlin (5x, Crew)
I. Marlene King (5x, Crew)
Jessica Queller (5x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:10711, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 11/19/2021