Janet Blair

Janet Blair

Highest Rated: 80% My Sister Eileen (1942)

Lowest Rated: 20% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

Birthday: Apr 23, 1921

Birthplace: Not Available

When redheaded band vocalist Martha Jean Lafferty was casting about for a professional name, she chose Janet Blair, claiming that she named herself after her county of birth, Blair County, Pennsylvania. Janet was signed to a Columbia Pictures contract in 1941, appearing in such programmers as Blondie Goes to College (1941) before graduating to the "dish" title role in My Sister Eileen (1942). Her last assignments at Columbia were nondescript leading-lady stints in Red Skelton's The Fuller Brush Man (1948) and the swashbuckling The Black Arrow (1948). She left Hollywood for Broadway in 1950, then toured for many years in the road company of South Pacific, eventually playing the leading role of Nellie Forbush more often than any other actress. She returned to moviemaking in 1957; the best of her later film roles was the suspected sorceress in the British Burn, Witch, Burn (1962). Janet Blair's TV activities included several musical specials of the 1950s and 1960s, one of them based on the exploits of globetrotting journalist Nellie Bly; she also played Sid Caesar's wife in many of the comedian's TV appearances of the 1956-57 season, co-hosted 1959's The Chevy Show with singer John Raitt, and portrayed the wife of detective Henry Fonda on the 1971 "drammedy" The Smith Family.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Broadway Actor 2013
20% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood President's Girl 3 1976
No Score Yet The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Katie Bower 1968
No Score Yet Boys' Night Out Marge Drayton 1962
79% Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! ) Tansy Taylor 1962
No Score Yet The Fuller Brush Man Ann Elliot 1948
No Score Yet The Black Arrow Joanna Sedley 1948
No Score Yet The Fabulous Dorseys Jane Howard 1947
No Score Yet Gallant Journey Actor 1946
No Score Yet Tonight and Every Night Judy Kane 1945
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Jeannie Thompson 1944
80% My Sister Eileen Eileen Sherwood 1942
No Score Yet Blondie Goes to College Laura Wadsworth 1942
No Score Yet Three Girls About Town Charity Banner 1941
No Score Yet Blondie Has Servant Trouble Actor 1940

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Bertie 1991
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
1973
1970

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