Janet Blair

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Janet Blair
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Yank - 11 Aug 1944
Birth name Martha Jane Lafferty
Born Apr 23, 1921
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Died Feb 19, 2007 - age 86
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Janet Blair (April 23, 1921 - February 19, 2007) was an American film and television actress.

Born as Martha Jane Lafferty (she took her acting surname from Blair County, Pennsylvania) in Altoona, Pennsylvania, she began her acting career on film in 1942. She left films for many years after she was dropped by her studio, Columbia Pictures, and disliked the roles she was offered.

Instead, she took the lead role of Nellie Forbush in a production of the stage musical South Pacific, making more than 1,200 performances in three years. "[I] never missed a performance", she noted proudly. During the tour, she also got married to second husband, producer-director Nick Mayo, and they became parents of Amanda and Andrew.

She made a rare dramatic appearance in the 1962 British horror film Night of the Eagle.

Her last performance was on television in a 1991 episode of Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury.

She died of complications from pneumonia, aged 85, at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.

Marriages

  • Louis Ferdinand Busch (divorced)
  • Nick Mayo (widowed; two children - Andrew and Amanda)

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Filmography

Film

  • Three Girls About Town (1941)
  • Blondie Goes to College (1942)
  • Two Yanks in Trinidad (1942)
  • Broadway (1942)
  • My Sister Eileen (1942)
  • Something to Shout About (1943)
  • Once Upon a Time (1944)
  • Tonight and Every Night (1945)
  • Tars and Spars (1946)
  • Gallant Journey (1946)
  • The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)
  • I Love Trouble (1948)
  • The Fuller Brush Man (1948)
  • The Black Arrow (1948)
  • Public Pigeon No. One (1957)
  • Night of the Eagle (1962)
  • Boys' Night Out (1962)
  • The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)
  • Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

Television

  • The Ford Theatre Hour (1948)
  • The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1949)
  • The Philco Television Playhouse (1949)
  • Armstrong Circle Theatre (1954)
  • The Elgin Hour (1954)
  • The United States Steel Hour (1954)
  • A Connecticut Yankee (1955, TV)
  • Goodyear Television Playhouse (1955)
  • Lux Video Theatre (1955)
  • Climax! (1955)
  • Front Row Center (1955)
  • One Touch of Venus (1955, TV)
  • Ford Television Theatre (1956)
  • Screen Directors Playhouse (1956)
  • Caesar's Hour (1956-1957)
  • Alcoa Theatre (1958)
  • Around the World with Nellie Bly (1960 TV movie)
  • The Chevy Mystery Show (1960)
  • Shirley Temple's Storybook (1960)
  • The Chevy Show (1960-1961)
  • The Outer Limits (1963)
  • Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1964)
  • Destry (1964)
  • Burke's Law (1963-1964)
  • Ben Casey (1966)
  • Marcus Welby, M.D. (1970-1973)
  • The Smith Family (1971)
  • Switch (1977)
  • Fantasy Island (1980)
  • The Love Boat (1982)
  • Murder, She Wrote (1991)

References


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