Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ann Blyth

























Ann Marie Blyth (born August 16, 1928) is an American actress and singer, often cast in 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 career

Blyth 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.

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Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
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
1947 Brute Force Ruth
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
Kismet Marsinah
1956 Slander Connie
1957 The Buster Keaton Story Gloria Brent
The Helen Morgan Story Helen Morgan Alternative titles: Both Ends of the Candle
Why Was I Born?
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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
Valerie
2 episodes
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
Dorothy Blake
2 episodes
1985 Murder, She Wrote Francesca Lodge 1 episode

2 comments:

  1. A wonderful post - Ann Blyth was strikingly beautiful!

    Thank you, Loulou

    - Glenn

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  2. Thanks Glenn yes she was indeed a very special beauty!

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