Hollywood musicals, but also successful in dramatic roles. Her performance as Veda Pierce in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Life and careerBlyth was born in Mount Kisco, New York, to parents who divorced shortly after her birth. She was raised a devout Roman Catholic by her mother. Blyth began her acting career initially as "Anne Blyth," changing the spelling of her name back to the original (Ann) at the beginning of her film career. Her first acting role was on Broadway in Watch on the Rhine (from 1941 until 1942). She was signed to a contract with Universal Studios, and made her film debut in Chip Off the Old Block in 1944. In musical films such as Babes on Swing Street, and Bowery to Broadway (both 1944), she played the part of the sweet and demure teenager.
On loan to Warner Brothers, Blyth was cast against type as Veda Pierce, the scheming, ungrateful daughter of Joan Crawford in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce. Her dramatic portrayal won her outstanding reviews and she received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. (Crawford won the Best Actress award for that film.)
Having injured her back after Mildred Pierce, Blyth was not able to capitalize on its success completely, although she was still able to make a few films. She played the part of Regina Hubbard in Another Part of the Forest (a 1948 prequel to The Little Foxes), and achieved success playing a mermaid in Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid. Her other films include : Our Very Own (with Farley Granger), The Great Caruso (with Mario Lanza), One Minute to Zero (with Robert Mitchum), The World in His Arms (with Gregory Peck), Rose Marie, The Student Prince, Kismet, The Buster Keaton Story, and The Helen Morgan Story (with Paul Newman). Even though her voice was more like the original Helen Morgan, her vocals were dubbed by Gogi Grant, a popular singer at the time. That soundtrack was much more successful than the film itself.
During the late 1950s and 1960s, Blyth worked in musical theater, summer stock, and television, including a starring role in a 1960 adaptation of A. J. Cronin's The Citadel. She guest starred on October 8, 1958, on NBC The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, the episode in which the 1959 Ford vehicles were introduced to the public. She appeared as the character Martha in "Suspected" in December 1959 in the CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. Blyth also became the spokesperson for Hostess Cupcakes. Her most recent television appearances came in episodes of Jack Klugman's Quincy in 1983 and Angela Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote in 1985.
Blyth has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures at 6733 Hollywood Boulevard.
Blyth married James McNulty, brother of singer Dennis Day, in 1953. The couple had five children. McNulty died in 2007.
|1944||Chip Off the Old Block||Glory Marlow III|
|The Merry Monahans||Sheila DeRoyce|
|Babes on Swing Street||Carol Curtis|
|Bowery to Broadway||Bessie Jo Kirby|
|1945||Mildred Pierce||Veda Pierce Forrester||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nomination|
|1946||Swell Guy||Marian Tyler|
|Killer McCoy||Sheila Carrson|
|1948||A Woman's Vengeance||Doris Mead||Alternative title: The Gioconda Smile|
|Another Part of the Forest||Regina Hubbard|
|Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid||Lenore the Mermaid|
|1949||Red Canyon||Lucy Bostel|
|Top o' the Morning||Conn McNaughton|
|Once More, My Darling||Marita Connell|
|Free for All||Ann Abbott|
|1950||Our Very Own||Gail Macaulay|
|1951||Katie Did It||Katherine Standish|
|The Great Caruso||Dorothy Benjamin|
|Thunder on the Hill||Valerie Carns||Alternative title: Bonaventure|
|The Golden Horde||Princess Shalimar||Alternative title: The Golden Horde of Genghis Khan|
|The House in the Square||Helen Pettigrew/Martha Forsyth||Alternative titles: I'll Never Forget You (USA) |
Man of Two Worlds
|1952||Sally and Saint Anne||Sally O'Moyne|
|One Minute to Zero||Mrs. Landa Day|
|The World in His Arms||Countess Marina Selanova|
|1953||All the Brothers Were Valiant||Priscilla "Pris" Holt|
|1954||Rose Marie||Rose Marie Lemaitre|
|The Student Prince||Kathie Ruder|
|1955||The King's Thief||Lady Mary|
|1957||The Buster Keaton Story||Gloria Brent|
|The Helen Morgan Story||Helen Morgan||Alternative titles: Both Ends of the Candle |
Why Was I Born?
|1954||Lux Video Theatre||1 episode|
|1958–1963||The Christophers||2 episodes|
|1959||The DuPont Show with June Allyson||Martha||1 episode|
|1959–1963||Wagon Train||Various roles||5 episodes|
|1960||The Citadel||Christine||Television movie|
|1962||The Dick Powell Show||Lizzie Hogan||1 episode|
|1963||Saints and Sinners||Edith Berlitz||1 episode|
|1964||The Twilight Zone||Pamela Morris/Constance Taylor||1 episode|
|1964–1965||Burke's Law||Deidre DeMara |
|1965||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Lady Mei||1 episode|
|1969||The Name of the Game||Kay Martin||1 episode|
|1975||Switch||Miriam Estabrook||1 episode|
|1979–1983||Quincy, M.E.||Velma Whitehead |
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Francesca Lodge||1 episode|