Betty Buckley
Actress, singer
Betty Buckley
Betty Lynn Buckley is an American theater, film and television actress and singer. She is a Tony Award winner and Grammy Award nominee.
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L.A. theater openings, Oct. 23-30: Shadow-theater artist Miwa Matreyek and more
LATimes - 4 months
This week: Multimedia artist Miwa Matreyek collaborates and also goes solo at REDCAT. Plus, Tony winner Betty Buckley holds court at Segerstrom Center and Bob Eubanks shares fond memories of the Fab Four. The Exonerated The Actors’ Gang remounts its production of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s...
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Review: Betty Buckley Digs Deep for the Autumn in Her Soul
NYTimes - 5 months
In her stunning new show at Joe’s Pub, Ms. Buckley gave everything she sang the shape and depth of a personal confession.
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Betty Buckley Promises Stories, Songs And Inspiration In NYC
Huffington Post - 5 months
From “Cats” to “Sunset Boulevard” and everything in between, Betty Buckley boasts one of the most storied careers in modern musical theater. When the Tony Award winner discusses her body of work, however, she sees herself as the master of an entirely different medium. “I think of myself as a painter, and I do these paintings every year — a new collection of paintings,” she told The Huffington Post in an entirely. “My gallery setting is a concert hall. In the moment of the concert, it’s like a gallery showing. I bring out my portrait work onstage with my brilliant musicians, and we give people an experience.” Watch Buckley sing “Memory” from the musical, “Cats,” below.  Buckley’s 2016 “collection,” as it were, it called “Story Songs.” The centerpiece of the new show, which opens Sept. 22 at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York, is a new song by up-and-coming composer Joe Iconis. The song itself, “Old Flame,” was written exclusively for Buckley after s ...
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'Grey Gardens' replaces 'Titanic' in the Ahmanson's current season
LATimes - over 1 year
"Grey Gardens" will replace "Titanic the Musical" in the Ahmanson Theatre's current season, Center Theatre Group announced Tuesday. Broadway mainstays Rachel York and Betty Buckley will star in the production directed by Michael Wilson, with a book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics...
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The New Age of Narcissism
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Back in the 1970s, when Tom Wolfe started referring to Baby Boomers as the "Me Generation," he could not have imagined how his words would be applied to future generations. Thanks to smartphones, digital technology and social media, it has become nearly impossible for anyone who is online to avoid the tidal waves of narcissism coursing through cyberspace. As a diarist on Daily Kos astutely noted while referring to the brouhaha surrounding Kentucky's Kim Davis: In the United States today, believers have become spoiled teens who were never disciplined or even told that the world does not revolve around them. They do not have the personal conviction of their faith, have become entitled, and feel that the world must accommodate itself to whatever they claim to believe at the moment so that they are never inconvenienced. Courage? That's for suckers. These spoiled brats and cowards are the opposite of believers. They are spoiled whiners. Members of recent generations have bee ...
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London Aisle View: A Rose By Any Name
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. Photo: Johan Persson Ethel Merman. Angela Lansbury. Bernadette Peters. Patti LuPone. Imelda Staunton. One name, pretty clearly, doesn't belong on that list of larger-than-life musical comedy stars--and, thus, seems an unlikely candidate for the larger-than-life role of Rose in Gypsy. But that distinction is the key to what makes the current West End Gypsy, at the Savoy, so indomitable. Rose is, to quote her boyfriend/agent/dishrag Herbie, "a pioneer woman without a frontier." Once can find many descriptions for Ethel, Angela, Bernadette or Patti, but "pioneer woman" is a bit of a stretch. They can act the role of a pioneer woman, sure, and do so convincingly; but seeing them roam up the aisle barking "sing out, Louise" with Chowsie the dog tucked under their arm, you always felt you were watching a musical comedy star in what might potentially be the role of their lifetime. Gypsy, it says on the houseboards; but the performer in the star dressing room, ...
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A Good Year for Stacy Keach, A Tribute to Juanita Moore
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Jupiter enters Leo for a year -- a boon for theatrical types of all persuasions!" writes our smart astrologist friend Shelley Ackerman. So, you take heart, my friends in show business. • SPEAKING OF this possibly being a very good year, the great actor Stacy Keach certainly thinks it might be! In June, Stacy will play Falstaff in both parts of Shakespeare's "Henry IV" at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington DC. The kicker to this is Stacy played the same role 46 years ago. He says, "I might be wrong, but I think I may be a candidate for the Guinness Book of Records. When I played it back in 1968 in Central Park, I was 27. I received some very good reviews. Now I'm 72--reverse the numbers, but the role remains the same!" (Newsweek referred to Keach as a "Grand Young Man" in its review.) Stacy Keach is grand. I had a wonderful interview with him about a year ago. He is most famous for tough guy roles, but in real life he is adorably gentle, funny and smart. He's had ...
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'Carrie' Gets Gay Tribute: 'The Meeting' Honors Stephen King's Tale For Halloween At NYC's 54 Below
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Stephen King's "Carrie" has been scaring audiences in literary, cinematic and stage incarnations since 1974. It's no surprise, then, that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) audiences have embraced King's revenge tale about a telekinetic misfit teen who turns her senior prom into a fiery holocaust after she's made the butt of a vicious practical joke. "I think 'Carrie' is a beautiful story about coming-of-age, and the acceptance of our gifts," gay writer-actor Justin Sayre said. Brian DePalma's original 1976 version of King's story in particular, Sayre added, is often overlooked as a camp classic, but thanks in part to Piper Laurie's indelible turn as Carrie's fanatically religious mother Margaret White, "Carrie" is "the ultimate metaphor for growing up gay." Sayre loves "Carrie" so much, in fact, that he's giving King's story the ultimate gay tribute as the focus of the Halloween edition of his acclaimed variety show "The Meeting," which plays New York's 54 Below nightc ...
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Betty Buckley On Piano Jazz
NPR - over 3 years
The Broadway and screen actress known for her Tony-winning role in Cats, among many other major productions, has recorded 15 solo albums with another on the way. Along with musical director Kenny Werner, she joined Marian McPartland in 2007 for a session of standards. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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George Heymont: Awash in Nostalgia
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Some people believe that hindsight is 20/20. I think it's warped by sentimentality, wishful thinking, and rose-colored glasses. Whether one listens to Betty Buckley singing "Memory" from Cats, or Barbra Streisand's version of the title song from 1973's The Way We Were, memory tends to play tricks on clarity. Read More... More on Video
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Jeryl Brunner: A Conversation With Betty Buckley
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The recent Broadway musical hit, the Mystery of Edwin Drood, was born from unique circumstances. When Charles Dickens died in 1870, he was halfway though his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In the story, Drood, who is engaged to be married, disappears on Christmas Eve. But with no Dickens to finish the tale, the whodunit remained a mystery. The book has been the subject of deep intrigue from Dickens scholars and fans like writer/producer/singer Rupert Holmes. (Remember his "If You Like Pina Colada" song, "Escape"?) So Holmes actually wrote a musical based on the Dickens work. He set the action at a Victorian-age theater where the actors perform as a show within a show. And curiously, Holmes wrote Drood to be played by a woman. Enter actress and singer Betty Buckley who played the title role when Drood first opened on Broadway in 1985. (This most recent version of the show is a revival.) She was already a star known for playing Abbie, the stepmom in the popul ...
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Paula Vogel and Betty Buckley Lead List of Theater Hall of Fame Inductees
New York Times - ArtsBeat Blogs - about 4 years
At its 42nd annual induction ceremony, the Theater Hall of Fame will add Paula Vogel, Betty Buckley, Trevor Nunn, Sam Waterston, Christopher Durang, Andre Bishop, Michael Kahn and Martin Pakledinaz.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Betty Buckley
  • 2016
    Age 68
    From July 13, 2016 through August 14, 2016, she is again appearing as Big Edie in the musical "Grey Gardens" at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Buckley has recorded 16 solo albums, and performs in concert across the U.S. each year. She is also a composer; her first recording contains mostly songs she wrote. She is also featured on many Broadway compilation recordings, and on the original cast recording of 1776, the Original Broadway recording of Cats, the London recording of Promises, Promises, Triumph of Love and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
  • 2015
    Age 67
    On November 30, 2015, Buckley guest-starred as the character Meg's mother in the TV series The Leftovers.
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    In May 2015, it was announced that Buckley would appear as Big Edie in the musical, "Grey Gardens" at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY.
    More Details Hide Details The production ran August 4, 2015 through August 30, 2015.
  • 2014
    Age 66
    She repeated her performance in 2014 at Houston's famed Alley Theatre.
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  • 2013
    Age 65
    In September 2013, she starred in the World Premiere of Horton Foote's The Old Friends at the Signature Theatre off-Broadway.
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    From January–March 2013, she starred in the London Premiere of Jerry Herman's Dear World, receiving rave reviews.
    More Details Hide Details The musical was directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, who Buckley had previously worked with on Cats.
    On January 28, 2013 Buckley was inducted into The American Theater Hall of Fame.
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  • 2011
    Age 63
    In 2011, Buckley starred in the Dallas Theater Center production of Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring with Tovah Feldshuh.
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  • 2010
    Age 62
    She then played Mrs. White in the off-Broadway comedy White's Lies from March–May 2010.
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    Buckley participated in a reading of the musical Ruthless! in September, 2010, playing the role of Sylvia St. Croix/Ruth DelMarco.
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    Buckley appeared in the 18th episode of Melrose Place in 2010 as a food critic cast by her brother Norman Buckley, who directed the episode.
    More Details Hide Details She also guest starred in an episode of the new Fox series The Chicago Code. She was a recurring guest star on Pretty Little Liars as Regina Marin, also directed by her brother Norman.
    She appeared as "Marion Leckie", mother of Robert Leckie in the HBO series The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, which aired in 2010.
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  • 2008
    Age 60
    In 2008, Buckley played "Mrs. Jones" in M.
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  • 2007
    Age 59
    In 2007, Buckley appeared with Quintessence at Lincoln Center in its Great American Songbook series.
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  • 2006
    Age 58
    Buckley sang "Memory" from Cats at the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2006 as part of the tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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  • 2002
    Age 54
    In 2002, Buckley was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Category, for her album Stars and the Moon: Live at the Donmar, which was recorded at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London.
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  • 2001
    Age 53
    In 2001–03, she played a role in seasons 4–6 of the HBO series Oz.
    More Details Hide Details She also has guest-starred in a number of television series, including Without a Trace, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Monk. She guest-starred in a Christmas special of the TV series Remember WENN, in which she sang "You Make It Christmas".
  • 2000
    Age 52
    This was her second Grammy nomination, she had previously been nominated in 2000, in the Best Spoken Word Album category for The Diaries of Adam and Eve.
    More Details Hide Details Her albums Quintessence and 1967 were released by Playbill Records in February 2008. Quintessence features jazz arrangements of standards by her longtime collaborator, jazz pianist Kenny Werner; while 1967 is a recording produced by T-Bone Burnett, and made when Buckley was just 19. Her album Bootleg: Boardmixes From the Road was released in 2010, and her recording of her hit show at Feinstein's at the Regency with pianist Christian Jacob, entitled Ah, Men: The Boys of Broadway debuted on 28 August 2012. Her most recent album Ghostlight was produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett and was released on September 16, 2014.
  • 1997
    Age 49
    In 1997, she starred as Hesione in the Broadway musical Triumph of Love and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
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    She received a Tony Award nomination for the 1997 musical Triumph of Love, and Grammy Award nominations for The Diaries of Adam and Eve (1999) and Stars and the Moon: Live at the Donmar (2001).
    More Details Hide Details Her other film roles include Dixie Scott in Tender Mercies (1983), Sondra Walker in Frantic (1988), Kathy in Another Woman (1988) and Mrs. Jones in The Happening (2008). She also had a recurring role in the HBO series Oz (2001–03). In the 2010s, her stage work includes Dear World (2013) in London, and The Old Friends (2013) and Grey Gardens (2015) in New York. Betty Lynn Buckley was born in Big Spring, Texas and raised in Fort Worth, the daughter of Betty Bob (née Diltz), a dancer and journalist, and Ernest Lynn Buckley, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and former dean of engineering at South Dakota State University. She is the oldest of their four children. She has three brothers—Norman Buckley is a film editor and TV director, and Patrick and Michael Buckley are engineers.
  • 1982
    Age 34
    In 1982, Buckley starred as Grizabella in the original Broadway production of the musical Cats, which features the song "Memory".
    More Details Hide Details She would stay with the production for eighteen months. For this role, she won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Screen roles during the 1980s include Bruce Beresford's film Tender Mercies, where she played a country 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), Lawrence's Kasden's Wyatt Earp (1994) and M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening (2008). On television, she 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). 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.
  • 1977
    Age 29
    In 1977, she recorded an uncredited solo on the song "Walking in Space", in the movie Hair.
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  • 1976
    Age 28
    Buckley appeared in the original movie version of Carrie in 1976, playing Miss Collins, Carrie's gym teacher.
    More Details Hide Details She would go on to appear as Margaret White in the 1987 musical adaptation of the film on Broadway.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    Buckley was married to Peter Flood in 1972, divorced in 1979, and has no children.
    More Details Hide Details She lives on a ranch in Texas and participates in NCHA cutting horse competitions while continuing to appear in films, television and theater and to sing concerts in a wide variety of venues. Buckley has also taught song interpretation and scene study for over 40 years. She conducts master classes in Fort Worth, New York City, Los Angeles and other cities around the country. Buckley's official website contains her concert and theater schedule, a detailed biography and timeline, and summaries of her singing and acting accomplishments. Honorary awards
  • 1969
    Age 21
    Buckley made her Broadway debut in 1969 in the original production of the musical 1776; she has been called "The Voice of Broadway" by New York magazine.
    More Details Hide Details She is perhaps best known for the 1977–81 TV dramedy 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. Hyland's character (Joan Bradford) died, and Buckley was cast as the widower's new romantic interest, Sandra Sue Abbott (nicknamed Abby), who became stepmother of the eight children to which the series' title refers.
    After this, she worked for a time as a reporter for the Fort Worth Press, but went to New York City in 1969, where she landed the role of Martha Jefferson in 1776 her first day in town.
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    Buckley made her Broadway debut in the 1969 musical 1776.
    More Details Hide Details Other Broadway musical credits include Pippin (1973) and Drood (1985). She played gym teacher Ms. Collins in the 1976 Brian de Palma film Carrie and went on to star in the short-lived Broadway musical version of Carrie in 1988, this time playing Carrie's mother, Margaret White.
  • 1966
    Age 18
    While a student at Texas Christian University (TCU), she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and crowned "Miss Fort Worth" in 1966 and was runner-up in the Miss Texas competition.
    More Details Hide Details Buckley was then invited to perform at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, and it was there that she was spotted by a talent scout. After returning to TCU to earn her college degree, she toured Asia to visit soldiers wounded in the Vietnam War.
  • 1947
    Born on July 3, 1947.
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