Ann Blyth

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Ann Blyth
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Blyth in 1952.
BornAnn Marie Blyth
(1928-08-16) August 16, 1928 (age 85)
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
Other namesAnne Blyth
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1941-1985
Spouse(s)Dr. James McNulty
(m.1953-2007; his death) (5 children)
 
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Ann Blyth
Studio publicity Ann Blyth.jpg
Blyth in 1952.
BornAnn Marie Blyth
(1928-08-16) August 16, 1928 (age 85)
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
Other namesAnne Blyth
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1941-1985
Spouse(s)Dr. James McNulty
(m.1953-2007; his death) (5 children)

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[edit]

Blyth was born to parents who divorced shortly after her birth. She has been a devout Catholic her whole life. Blyth began her acting career initially as "Anne Blyth," but changed the spelling of her first name back to "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,[1] 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. It also turned out to be Blyth's final film role.

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.[2] She appeared as 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 last television appearances were in episodes of Quincy, M.E. in 1983 and Murder, She Wrote in 1985.

Blyth has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Boulevard for her contribution to motion pictures.

Blyth married James McNulty, brother of singer Dennis Day, in 1953. In 1973, she and McNulty, both of whom were Catholic, received the rank of Lady and Knight of the Holy Sepulchre by Cardinal Cook.[3] McNulty died May 13, 2007 in La Jolla.[3] The couple had five children: Timothy Patrick was born June 10, 1954; daughter Maureen Ann was born December 14, 1955; daughter Kathleen Mary was born December 23, 1957; son Terence Grady was born December 9, 1960; and daughter Eileen Alana was born April 10, 1963. All of five of Ann's children were born in Los Angeles County.

She is known as one of the more famous residents of the celebrity enclave of Toluca Lake, California.[4]

In the December 1952 edition of Motion Picture and Television Magazine Ann Blyth stated in an interview that she endorsed Dwight D. Eisenhower for president the month before in the 1952 presidential election.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1944Chip Off the Old BlockGlory Marlow III
The Merry MonahansSheila DeRoyce
Babes on Swing StreetCarol Curtis
Bowery to BroadwayBessie Jo Kirby
1945Mildred PierceVeda Pierce ForresterAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nomination
1946Swell GuyMarian Tyler
1947Brute ForceRuth
Killer McCoySheila Carrson
1948A Woman's VengeanceDoris MeadAlternative title: The Gioconda Smile
Another Part of the ForestRegina Hubbard
Mr. Peabody and the MermaidLenore the Mermaid
1949Red CanyonLucy Bostel
Top o' the MorningConn McNaughton
Once More, My DarlingMarita Connell
Free for AllAnn Abbott
1950Our Very OwnGail Macaulay
1951Katie Did ItKatherine Standish
The Great CarusoDorothy Benjamin
Thunder on the HillValerie CarnsAlternative title: Bonaventure
The Golden HordePrincess ShalimarAlternative title: The Golden Horde of Genghis Khan
The House in the SquareHelen Pettigrew/Martha ForsythAlternative titles: I'll Never Forget You (USA)
Man of Two Worlds
1952Sally and Saint AnneSally O'Moyne
One Minute to ZeroMrs. Landa Day
The World in His ArmsCountess Marina Selanova
1953All the Brothers Were ValiantPriscilla "Pris" Holt
1954Rose MarieRose Marie Lemaitre
The Student PrinceKathie Ruder
1955The King's ThiefLady Mary
KismetMarsinah
1956SlanderConnie
1957The Buster Keaton StoryGloria Brent
The Helen Morgan StoryHelen MorganAlternative titles: Both Ends of the Candle
Why Was I Born?
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1954Lux Video Theatre1 episode
1958–1963The Christophers2 episodes
1959The DuPont Show with June AllysonMartha1 episode
1959–1963Wagon TrainVarious roles5 episodes
1960The CitadelChristineTelevision movie
1962The Dick Powell ShowLizzie Hogan1 episode
1963Saints and SinnersEdith Berlitz1 episode
1964The Twilight ZonePamela Morris/Constance Taylor1 episode
1964–1965Burke's LawDeidre DeMara
Valerie
2 episodes
1965Kraft Suspense TheatreLady Mei1 episode
1969The Name of the GameKay Martin1 episode
1975SwitchMiriam Estabrook1 episode
1979–1983Quincy, M.E.Velma Whitehead
Dorothy Blake
2 episodes
1985Murder, She WroteFrancesca Lodge1 episode

Award nominations[edit]

YearAwardResultCategoryFilm
1946Academy AwardNominatedBest Supporting ActressMildred Pierce
1958Laurel AwardsTop Female Musical PerformanceThe Helen Morgan Story

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blyth, Ann, "My Career Took a Toboggan Ride," in Peale, Norman Vincent (ed.) Faith Made Them Champions. Carmel, NY: Guideposts Associates, Inc., 1954, pp. 114–117.
  2. ^ "The Ford Show Episode Guide". ernieford.com. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Ann Blyth Profile". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  4. ^ History of Toluca Lake from TolucaLakeChamber.com, retrieved on September 15, 2010.
  5. ^ Motion Picture and Television Magazine, December 1952, page 28, Ideal Publishers

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