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Betsy Blair

Actress
Female
Born Dec 11, 1923

Betsy Blair was an American actress of film and stage, long based in London. Blair pursued a career in entertainment from the age of eight, and as a child worked as an amateur dancer, performed on radio, and worked as a model, before joining the chorus of Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe in 1940. There she met Gene Kelly; they were married the following year, when she was seventeen years old, and divorced sixteen years later in 1957.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1923 Birth Born Elizabeth Winifred Boger on December 11, 1923, in Cliffside Park, NJ, her father, William Kidd Boger, was a partner in a small insurance brokerage firm; her mother, Frederica Ammon, was a schoolteacher. … Read More
1933 9 Years Old At the age of eight, she was enrolled in the Swift Sisters School of Dance, and recalled performing before Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933, winning an amateur contest shortly thereafter, joining a touring amateur show and performing on local radio, as motivating influences in her desire to pursue a dance career. … Read More

TEENAGE

1940 16 Years Old In the interim, Blair joined the chorus at the International Casino in Times Square, and when it closed down, worked in the chorus of Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe from January 1940 where Gene Kelly was working as choreographer. "Gene fought for me. … Read More
1941 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Blair and Kelly's relationship blossomed, culminating in their marriage in October 1941.

THIRTIES

1957 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  There she met Gene Kelly; they were married the following year, when she was seventeen years old, and divorced sixteen years later in 1957. … Read More
1963 39 Years Old Blair married Czech-born director/ producer Karel Reisz in 1963, and would perform sporadically in later years working with Costa-Gavras' (Betrayed, 1988) and on the mini-series Scarlett in 1994. … Read More

FIFTIES

1980 56 Years Old In 1980, she was a member of the jury at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2003 79 Years Old In 2003 she published her autobiography, The Memory of All That.
2009 85 Years Old Blair died of cancer in London on March 13, 2009. … Read More
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