Thursday, March 19, 2009

Betsy Blair, 1923-2009

Betsy Blair and Ernest Borgnine in 'Marty'

Betsy Blair, who played Ernest Borgnine's love interest in the 1955 movie Marty, has died at the age of 85. Blair had an early career on Broadway, married fellow Broadway player Gene Kelly (before he went to Hollywood), and moved to London to avoid the blacklist in the 1950s.

Blair and Kelly divorced in 1957, and Blair later married Czech-born British director Karel Riesz, who made such British classics as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

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