Ann Blyth

as Regina Hubbard in the movie Another Part of the Forest

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Real name is Ann Marie Blyth
Was born at 16 August 1928 (now is 90 years old) in Mount Kisco, New York, USA

The dark, petulant beauty of this petite American film and musical starworked to her advantage, especially in her early dramatic career. AnnMarie Blyth was born of Irish stock to Harry and Nan Blyth on August16, 1928, in Mt. Kisco, New York. Her parents split while she was youngand she, her mother and sister moved to New York City, where the girlsattended various Catholic schools.

Already determined at an early ageto perform, Ann attended Manhattan's Professional Children's School andwas already a seasoned radio performer, particularly on soap dramas,while in elementary school. A member of New York's Children's OperaCompany, the young girl made an important Broadway debut as'Paul Lukas (I)' ' and 'Mady Christians' ' daughter in theclassic 'Lillian Hellman' WWII drama "Watch on the Rhine" (1941),billed as Anne (with an extra "e"). She stayed with the show for twoyears. While touring with the play in Los Angeles, the teenager was noticed bydirector 'Henry Koster' at Universal and given a screen test. Signed on as Ann (without the "e") Blyth, the pretty, photographiccolleen displayed her warbling talent in her debut film Chip Off the Old Block (1944) , a swing-era teen musical starringUniversal song-and-dance favorites 'Donald O'Connor' and'Peggy Ryan' .

She followed it pleasantly enough with other "B"tunefests such as The Merry Monahans (1944) and Babes on Swing Street (1944) . It wasn't until Warner Bros. borrowed her to make self-sacrificing mother 'Joan Crawford (I)' 'slife pure hell as malicious, spiteful daughter Veda in the classic,Oscar-winning wallow Mildred Pierce (1945) that she reallyclicked with viewers and set up her dramatic career. With murder on heryoung character's mind, Hollywood stood up and took notice of thisfresh-faced talent. Although Ann lost the Best Supporting Actress Oscar that year to anotherAnne ('Anne Revere' ), she was borrowed again by Warner Bros.

tofilm Danger Signal (1945) . During filming, Ann suffered a brokenback in a sledding accident while briefly vacationing in Lake Arrowheadand had to be replaced in the role. After a long convalescence (over ayear and a half in a back brace) Universal used her in awheelchair-bound cameo in Brute Force (1947) . Her first starring role was an inauspicious one opposite'Sonny Tufts' in Swell Guy (1946) , but she finally begangaining some momentum again. Instead of offering her musical gifts, shecontinued her serious streak with Killer McCoy (1947) and adangerously calculated role in Another Part of the Forest (1948) , a prequel to The Little Foxes (1941) in which Ann played the'Bette Davis' role of Regina at a younger age.

Her attempts atlighter comedy were mild at best, playing a fetching creature of thesea opposite 'William Powell (I)' in Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948) and a teen infatuated withmuch-older movie star 'Robert Montgomery (I)' in Once More, My Darling (1949) . At full-throttle as a star in the early 1950s, Ann transitioned easilyamong glossy operettas, wide-eyed comedies and all-out melodramas, someof which tended to be overbaked and, thereby, overplayed. When notdishing out the high dramatics of an adopted girl searching for herbirth mother in Our Very Own (1950) or a wrongly-convictedmurderess in Thunder on the Hill (1951) , she was introducingclassic standards as wife to 'Mario Lanza (I)' in The Great Caruso (1951) or playing pert and perky in such lightconfections as Katie Did It (1951) . A well-embraced romanticleading lady, she made her last film for Universal playing a Russiancountess courted by 'Gregory Peck' in The World in His Arms (1952) .

MGM eventually optioned her for its musical outings, having borrowed hera couple of times previously. She became a chief operatic rival to'Kathryn Grayson' at the studio during that time. Grayson,however, fared much better than Ann, who was given rather stiltedvehicles. Catching 'Howard Keel' 's roving eye while costumed to the nines inthe underwhelming Rose Marie (1954) and his daughter in Kismet (1955) , she also gussied up other stiff proceedings like The Student Prince (1954) and The King's Thief (1955) will attest. Unfortunately, Ann came to MGM at the tail end of theGolden Age of musicals and probably suffered for it.

She was dropped bythe studio in 1956. She reunited with old Universal co-star Donald O'Connor in The Buster Keaton Story (1957) , but both were oddly cast withAnn playing a totally fictional love interest to O'Connor's Keaton. Annended her career on a high note, however, playing the tragic title rolein the The Helen Morgan Story (1957) opposite a gorgeouslysmirking 'Paul Newman (I)' . Ann has a field day as thepiano-sitting, kerchief-holding, liquor-swilling torch singer whosetrain wreck of a personal life was destined for celluloid. Disappointing for Ann personally, no doubt, was that her singing voicehad to be dubbed (albeit superbly) by the highly emotive, non-operaticsongstress 'Gogi Grant' .

Through with films, Ann's later concentration (besides family life) wasthe musical stage, with dramatic TV guest appearances thrown in now andthen. Over the years a number of classic songs have been tailored tosuit Ann's glorious lyric soprano both in concert form and on the civiclight opera/summer stock stages. "The Sound of Music", "The King andI", "Carnival", "Bittersweet", "South Pacific", "Show Boat" and "ALittle Night Music" are but a few of her stage credits. During thistime Ann appeared as the typical American housewife for Hostess in itsTwinkie, cupcake and fruit pie commercials, a job that lasted well overa decade. She made the last of her sporadic TV guest appearances on "Quincy M.

E. " (1976) and "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) inthe mid-'80s. Married since 1953 to Dr. James McNulty, the brother oflate Irish tenor 'Dennis Day (I)' , she is the mother of five. Anncontinues to be seen occasionally at social functions and conventions.


There is some small facts about Ann Blyth:
  • Was under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
  • Recovered from breaking her back in 1945.
  • Her husband James McNulty was the brother of singer 'Dennis Day (I)' .
  • In 1951, 'Howard Hughes (I)' gave her a Cadillac and a swimming pool.
  • She and her husband were awarded the rank of Lady and Knight of the Holy Sepulchre by Cardinal Cooke in 1971.
  • Her son Timothy Patrick was born June 10, 1954. Her daughter Maureen Ann was born December 14, 1955. Her daughter Kathleen Mary was born December 23, 1957. Her son Terence Grady was born December 9, 1960. Her daughter Eileen Alana was born April 10, 1963. All were born in Los Angeles County.
  • Her bridesmaids were 'Joan Leslie' , 'Jane Withers (I)' and 'Betty Lynn (I)' .
  • She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
  • In Italy, she was often dubbed by 'Fiorella Betti' and 'Rosetta Calavetta' . Occasionally, she was also dubbed by 'Lidia Simoneschi' , 'Renata Marini' , 'Micaela Giustiniani' and 'Rina Morelli' , most notably in the role of Veda Pierce in Mildred Pierce (1945) .
  • Supposedly her own beautiful voice was dubbed in The Helen Morgan Story (1957) by singer 'Gogi Grant' because it was too classically-trained and high-pitched.
  • Was the recipient of the Living Legacy Award by the Women's International Center in 2003.
  • Once geared towards an operatic career studying with the San Carlo Opera Company.
  • Blyth caused jaws to drop and eyebrows to raise at the 1954 Oscar broadcast when she sang 'Doris Day (I)' 's nominated (and eventual winning) song "Secret Love" from the movie Calamity Jane (1953) while seven months pregnant.
  • For decades, she maintained her primary residence in the upscale San Fernando Valley community of Toluca Lake.
  • In the 1950s, she was a member of the inspirational group The Christophers in which its mission was to use positive action to create a better world in such areas as political fairness, aiding the poor and sick, and helping those with addictions to alcohol and drugs. Other members included 'Loretta Young (I)' , 'Irene Dunne' , 'Ricardo Montalban' , 'Don Ameche' , 'James Cagney (I)' and 'Bob Hope (I)' .
  • She is a staunch conservative Republican and throughout the years had supported 'Dwight D. Eisenhower' , 'Richard Nixon' , 'Gerald Ford (I)' , 'Ronald Reagan (I)' , 'George Bush (I)' and 'George W. Bush' .
  • She is a donator of The Republican National Committee, The March of Dimes, The American Bible Society, The American Red Cross, Catholic Charities and Salesian Missions.
  • Has appeared with 'Donald O'Connor' in four films: Bowery to Broadway (1944) , Chip Off the Old Block (1944) , The Merry Monahans (1944) and The Buster Keaton Story (1957) .
  • She started acting early at age 13 and starred in her first movie at age 15.
  • In the 1970s, she was the commercial spokesperson for Hostess Cupcakes.
Also look some video clip about Ann Blyth:
There is the list of movies, where Ann Blyth was taked part:
1 Another Part of the Forest movie Another Part of the Forest 1948 as Regina Hubbard
2 Cancer Fund Film Notables Attend Glittering Benefits movie Cancer Fund Film Notables Attend Glittering Benefits 1951 as Herself
3 Crawford at Warners movie Crawford at Warners 2008 as Veda Pierce Forrester
4 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show movie The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1956 as Herself - Guest
5 A Most Unusual Man movie A Most Unusual Man 1993 as Herself
6 A Womans Vengeance movie A Womans Vengeance 1948 as Doris Mead
7 All the Brothers Were Valiant movie All the Brothers Were Valiant 1953 as Priscilla 'Pris' Holt
8 All-Star Party for Dutch Reagan movie All-Star Party for Dutch Reagan 1985 as Herself
9 Babes on Swing Street movie Babes on Swing Street 1944 as Carol Curtis
10 Bowery to Broadway movie Bowery to Broadway 1944 as Bessie Jo Kirby
11 Brute Force movie Brute Force 1947 as Ruth
12 Chip Off the Old Block movie Chip Off the Old Block 1944 as Glory Marlow III
13 Crusade for Prayer movie Crusade for Prayer 1952 as Herself
14 Free for All movie Free for All 1949 as Alva Abbott
15 Katie Did It movie Katie Did It 1951 as Katherine Standish
16 Killer McCoy movie Killer McCoy 1947 as Sheila Carrson
17 Kismet movie Kismet 1955 as Marsinah
18 Mildred Pierce movie Mildred Pierce 1945 as Veda Pierce
19 Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid movie Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid 1948 as Mermaid
20 Once More, My Darling movie Once More, My Darling 1949 as Marita Connell
21 One Minute to Zero movie One Minute to Zero 1952 as Mrs. Linda Day
22 Our Very Own movie Our Very Own 1950 as Gail Macaulay
23 Red Canyon movie Red Canyon 1949 as Lucy Bostel
24 Rose Marie movie Rose Marie 1954 as Rose Marie Lemaitre
25 Sally and Saint Anne movie Sally and Saint Anne 1952 as Sally O'Moyne
26 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life movie Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life 1952 as Herself
27 Slander movie Slander 1957 as Connie Martin
28 Swell Guy movie Swell Guy 1946 as Marian Tyler
29 The 18th Annual Academy Awards movie The 18th Annual Academy Awards 1946 as Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in Supporting Role
30 The 21th Annual Academy Awards movie The 21th Annual Academy Awards 1949 as Herself - Presenter: Best Sound Recording
31 The 22th Annual Academy Awards movie The 22th Annual Academy Awards 1950 as Herself - Performer
32 The 26th Annual Academy Awards movie The 26th Annual Academy Awards 1954 as Herself - Performer
33 The 30th Annual Academy Awards movie The 30th Annual Academy Awards 1958 as Herself - Performer
34 The 32nd Annual Academy Awards movie The 32nd Annual Academy Awards 1960 as Herself - Accepts Documentary Award
35 The Buster Keaton Story movie The Buster Keaton Story 1957 as Gloria Brent
36 The Citadel movie The Citadel 1960 as Christine Barlow
37 The Golden Horde movie The Golden Horde 1951 as Princess Shalimar
38 The Great Caruso movie The Great Caruso 1951 as Dorothy Benjamin
39 The Helen Morgan Story movie The Helen Morgan Story 1957 as Helen Morgan
40 The House in the Square movie The House in the Square 1951 as Helen Pettigrew/Martha Forsyth
There is the list of some articles of Ann Blyth:
  • "Blanco y Negro" (Spain), 8 October 1989, Iss. 3667, pg. 64-68, by: Terenci Moix, "Ann Blyth"
  • "Motion Picture and Television Magazine" (USA), November 1951, Vol. 82, Iss. 4, pg. 36-37+66-68, by: Gladys Hall, "Ann Blyth's dream man"
The image of Ann Marie Blyth was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Photoplay" (UK), November 1951
  • "Cine Illustrato" (Italy), 20 May 1951, Vol. VII, Iss. 20
  • "Mon Film" (France), 4 January 1950, Iss. No. 176
There is the list of some quotes of Ann Blyth:
  • As an actress, I have always believed that the truer challenge, the deeper obligation, begins after the the camera stops. My role as a woman in my community and in my home has always overshadowed the excitement of any part I have ever played on stage or screen.
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