|Betty Buckley Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||July 3, 1947|
Betty Buckley is a talented American actress and a singer who is known for her works in films and TV series including Carrie, Tender Mercies, Wild Thing, Frantic, Another Woman, Rain Without Thunder, Eight Is Enough, and Oz. She has also given great Broadway performances in Hello, Dolly!, 1776, Pippin, Cats, Song and Dance, Triumph of Love, Gypsy, Dear World, and Grey Gardens.
Betty Lynn Buckley
Big Spring, Texas, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Betty Buckley attended Texas Christian University and graduated in Journalism. Later, she studied acting with Stella Adler in New York.
- Father – Ernest Lynn Buckley (Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and Former Dean of Engineering at South Dakota State University)
- Mother – Betty Bob (Dancer, Journalist)
- Siblings – Norman Buckley (Younger Brother) (Film Editor, TV Director), Patrick Buckley (Younger Brother) (Engineer), Michael Buckley (Younger Brother) (Engineer)
- Others – Norman Claude Buckley (Paternal Grandfather), Eva Myrtle Smith (Paternal Grandmother), Clinton Sawyer Diltz (Maternal Grandfather), Mary C (Maternal Grandmother)
Betty Buckley is managed by –
- Paul Bongiorno, Booking Agent (Concert), Starvox Booking
- Don Birge, Booking Agent (Film, Theater & Television), Stewart Talent
- Dan Fortune, Fortune Creative
Pop, Broadway Musical
- Masterworks Broadway
- Palmetto Records
- Practical Magic
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
60 kg or 132 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Betty Buckley has dated –
- Peter Flood – Betty was in a relationship with the director and acting coach Peter Flood for a while. In 1972, Peter convinced her to marry him mainly to take the pressure off Betty’s father’s mind. However, the typical convention of married life did not suit Betty, and they finally got divorced in 1979. The couple had no children together. The pair remained good friends.
- Patrick Wilson – Betty was rumored to be dating actor Patrick Wilson in the past.
Race / Ethnicity
She has Irish, English, small amounts of Welsh, and German ancestry.
She often tends to dye her hair ‘Blonde’.
- Soft curly hair
- Bright smile
Betty Buckley has endorsed brands like –
- Aqua Velva Aftershave
- National Biscuit Company’s Triscuit crackers
Best Known For
Her electrifying performances both on-stage and on-screen like the plays Sunset Boulevard (1994–96) as Norma Desmond, and Hello, Dolly! (2018-2019) as Dolly Gallagher Levi; TV series Eight Is Enough (1977-1981) as Sandra Sue ‘Abby’ Abbott Bradford; and films including Carrie (1976) as Ms. Collins, Tender Mercies (1983) as Dixie Scott, Frantic (1988) as Sondra Walker, Another Woman (1988) as Kathy, The Happening (2008) as Mrs. Jones, and Split (2016) as Dr. Karen Fletcher
She released her first album titled Betty Buckley in 1985.
In 1976, she made her theatrical film debut in the horror film Carrie as Miss Collins.
First TV Show
In 1969, she made her first TV show appearance on the musical talk show The Mike Douglas Show.
In 2002, she made her TV show debut as a voice actress by lending her voice in the documentary series Intimate Portrait.
Betty Buckley lives an active life. She consumes more vegetables than meat. She needs to have steamed vegetables daily. Apart from that, Betty often indulges in chocolates as it keeps her cheerful.
Betty Buckley Favorite Things
- Foods – Pineapple, strawberries, and chocolate
- Kind Of Songs – Songs that are darkly beautiful and psychologically layered
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Betty Buckley Facts
- She grew up in Fort Worth, Texas.
- At the age of 11, she experienced her first theater show “The Pajama Game” at the Casa Mañana in Fort Worth, causing her the awareness that it was what she wanted to do in her life.
- Though her father disapproved her choice in theater, her mother helped her get the tap, ballet, and jazz lessons.
- While at the university, she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
- In 1966, she won the crown of “Miss Fort Worth” and further participated in the “Miss Texas” contest and won the runners-up title.
- She was asked to perform at the 1967 “Miss America” pageant, catching the eye of a talent scout.
- Before embarking upon an acting career, she worked at a local Texas newspaper, Fort Worth Press, for a year.
- In 1969, she moved to New York to pursue her acting career and just a day after arriving in New York she got cast for the Broadway musical “1776”, in one of the 2 female roles.
- On March 9, 2007, she was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in Austin, Texas.
- She practices therapy and spiritual meditation.
- As a young actress, she was inspired by the works of Geraldine Page, Kim Stanley, and Gena Rowlands.
- In the Broadway musical version of “Carrie” (1988), she played the role of Carrie’s mother, Margaret White, while in the film Carrie (1976), she was cast as the gym teacher.
- She replaced Diana Hyland who passed away due to breast cancer on the Eight Is Enough series in 1977.
- She saved Rufus Wainwright from a freak drowning incident in a hotel pool.
- Since 2000, an award named after her called the Betty Lynn Buckley Award for “Excellence in High School Musical Theater” is awarded annually in her hometown Fort Worth.
- She moved to her 35-acre ranch in Fort Worth, Texas in 2002, partly due to the 9/11 attack in New York. She lives on the ranch with her 2 horses, a donkey, 3 dogs, and several rescued cats.
- Betty is trained in ride cutting horses and used to participate in cutting horse competitions.
- In 2012, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
- Growing up, she either wanted to be a world-champion (rodeo) barrel racer or sing on Broadway.
- She has given masterclasses in scene study and song interpretations to young students in Fort Worth, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, and other cities in the US.
Featured Image by Betty Buckley / Instagram
She does NOT occasionally bleach her hair. Her natural color is now snow white and has been for years, just like her mother’s.