Vivian Blaine

Vivian Blaine

Highest Rated: 91% Guys and Dolls (1955)

Lowest Rated: 83% State Fair (1945)

Birthday: Nov 21, 1921

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

This strawberry blonde musical performer put in years in variety acts and onscreen before proving her talent on Broadway. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Blaine was trouping in vaudeville and nightclubs while still in grade school. From 1935 through 1941 Blaine worked as a band singer; spotted by a 20th Century-Fox agent, she was signed by the studio in 1942. Blaine made 11 films for Fox over the next four years, beginning with small roles in the drama "Through Different Eyes" and the comedy "Girl Trouble" (both 1942) With these exceptions her roles were in fluffy musicals and romantic comedies. Having threatened to quit unless her parts improved, Blaine played her first major role with the 1944 Carmen Miranda musical "Greenwich Village." Blaine teamed with Miranda again in "Something for the Boys" (1944) and "Doll Face" (1945), then went on to "Nob Hill" and "State Fair" (both 1945), "If I'm Lucky" and "Three Little Girls in Blue" (both 1946). Cast as moll Miss Adelaide in the 1950 Damon Runyon-based musical "Guys and Dolls," Blaine took the role and ran with it. It was re-written and enlarged for her, and her adenoidal doxy stole the show (the most famous of her songs was "Adelaide's Lament"). The toast of Broadway, Blaine re-created the role in the 1955 film version. After two more films ("Skirts Ahoy!," 1952, and "Public Pigeon No. 1," 1957), she returned to nightclubs and touring companies, returning to Broadway in "Say, Darling" in 1958 and "Enter Laughing" in 1963. Blaine also made a number of television appearances, including the series "Those Two" (NBC, 1951-53) the special "Dream Girl" (NBC, 1955), and numerous guest spots on variety specials. In later years, she returned to films, but only supporting roles in low-budget efforts such as "Richard" (1972), "The Dark" (1979), "Parasite" (with a young Demi Moore, 1982) and "I'm Going to be Famous" (1982). Her roles in TV were somewhat larger: in the NBC pilot "Hereafter" (1975), as a neighbor on "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1975-77), and three 1979 TV movies, "Sooner or Later" (NBC), "Fast Friends" (NBC, co-starring with Carrie Snodgress), and "The Cracker Factory" (ABC, with Natalie Wood).

Highest rated movies

Guys and Dolls
State Fair




No Score Yet No Score Yet I'm Going to Be Famous Laura Lowell (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 19% The Dark Courtney Floyd (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast Friends Sylvia (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold Marietta Cutler (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Public Pigeon No. One Rita DeLacey (Character) - 1957
91% 83% Guys and Dolls Miss Adelaide (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dream Girl Georgina Allerton (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 48% Skirts Ahoy! Una Yancy (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 29% If I'm Lucky Linda Farrell (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 38% Three Little Girls in Blue Liz Charters (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 30% Nob Hill Sally Templeton (Character) - 1945
83% 78% State Fair Emily Edwards (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 25% Doll Face Mary Elizabeth "Doll Face"Carroll (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 67% Something for the Boys Blossom Hart (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greenwich Village Bonnie Watson (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 35% Jitterbugs Susan Cowan (Character) - 1943


No Score Yet No Score Yet This Is Your Life Self 2019-2020 2022
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Dixie Martin (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1955