Betty Buckley

Biography: Betty Lynn Buckley was two when she first sang in front of her church congregation; at three, she began dance lessons with her aunt, Mary Ruth Diltz, a former dancer at Billy Rose's Casa Manana. Betty trained herself by listening to the recordings of Judy Garland and Della Reese, but it was her unique sound that made her a stand-out in local talent shows. She made her professional stage debut at 15 in a production of "Gypsy". A year later, she was performing up to 16 shows a day in the Six Flags Over Texas musical revues, while gaining additional experience through her work in Casa Manana's summer stock and children's theatrical productions.

At Texas Christian University, she majored in journalism and was the head cheerleader. She won the title of Miss Fort Worth in 1966, and was a runner up in the Miss Texas pageant. The following year, while performing at the Miss America pageant, Betty was spotted by a talent agent who convinced her to come to New York, where she was
Betty Lynn Buckley was two when she first sang in front of her church congregation; at three, she began dance lessons with her aunt, Mary Ruth Diltz, a former dancer at Billy Rose's Casa Manana. Betty trained herself by listening to the recordings of Judy Garland and Della Reese, but it was her unique sound that made her a stand-out in local talent shows. She made her professional stage debut at 15 in a production of "Gypsy". A year later, she was performing up to 16 shows a day in the Six Flags Over Texas musical revues, while gaining additional experience through her work in Casa Manana's summer stock and children's theatrical productions.

At Texas Christian University, she majored in journalism and was the head cheerleader. She won the title of Miss Fort Worth in 1966, and was a runner up in the Miss Texas pageant. The following year, while performing at the Miss America pageant, Betty was spotted by a talent agent who convinced her to come to New York, where she was signed by the International Famous Agency. Betty then returned to TCU to complete her education.

In 1968, after touring with Miss America in Korea and Japan, she returned home to write for the Fort Worth Press. In 1969, Betty ventured to New York and landed the part of Martha Jefferson in "1776" the day she arrived. Seven months later, Buckley went to London to star in "Promises, Promises", which earned her a 1970 Evening Standard Award nomination as Best Actress in a Musical. Buckley returned to the New York production of "1776" and followed that with appearances in "The Ballad of Johnny Pot" and "What's a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like This?" Off-Broadway, and as Catherine in the Broadway production of "Pippin". Betty won the 1983 Tony Award for her portrayal of Grizabella in "Cats".
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Betty Buckley's Scores

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Average career score: 54
Highest Metascore: 85 Carrie
Lowest Metascore: 27 Simply Irresistible
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
6 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
62 Split Jan 20, 2017 Cast / Dr. Fletcher / Dr. Karen Fletcher 7.0
74 Harry Benson: Shoot First Dec 9, 2016 Herself tbd
44 Five Time Champion Jan 24, 2012 Fran tbd
34 The Happening Jun 13, 2008 Mrs. Jones 5.8
27 Simply Irresistible Feb 5, 1999 Aunt Stella 8.7
85 Carrie Nov 16, 1976 Miss Collins 7.1