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Vol. XV, no. 2 TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition April, 2003

Betty Buckley to Star at Annual Dinner

Betty BuckleyA talk by Betty Buckley will be one of the highlights of this year’s annual banquet.  While attending TCU as a journalism major and head cheerleader, she won the title of  Miss Fort Worth and was runner up in the Miss Texas competition. Her 1967 performance at the Miss America Pageant caught the attention of a talent agent and she was signed by the International Famous Agency. 

After a tour of Asia, visiting the Vietnam War military hospitals, she returned to Fort Worth to write for the Fort Worth Press.  In 1969, after finishing her education, and with encouragement from her agents, she auditioned for and landed her first job in the Broadway musical, 1776.  That same year she was leading lady in the London production of Promises, Promises where her performance earned her a 1970 Evening Standard Award nomination as Best Actress in a Musical.  Her next Broadway role united her with her childhood idol, Bob Fosse, where she assumed the role of Catherine in the hit musical, Pippin.

Buckley went on to win a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamor Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats.  She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Triumph of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination for her interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, a role she repeated in New York.

Her film appearances include Brian de Palma’s version of Carrie, Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies, Roman Polanski’s Frantic, and Woody Allen’s Another Woman.  Most recently she is playing the character of Suzanne Fitzgerald in the HBO series Oz.  Her work on television has included four seasons as Abby Bradford in the series Eight is Enough.  She received two Emmy Award nominations for after-school specials: Bobby and Sarah and Taking a Stand, which was named outstanding Children’s Special of the Year and features a musical score co-written by Buckley.

Currently Ms. Buckley does extensive concertizing.  She has just competed Elegies, a Song Cycle at Lincoln Center Theater .  She has also released eight CDs including, Stars and Moon, Heart To Heart and an Evening at Carnegie Hall. 

For over twenty-years she has been a teacher of acting technique and song interpretation, giving workshops in Manhattan and at various universities and performing arts conservatories.  Marymount College and the Boston Conservatory of Music have awarded her honorary doctorates of fine arts for her contribution to the musical theater. 

A display of photographs from Buckley’s TCU student years is on view in the library lobby. 

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