Blyth in April 1952 for Modern Screen Magazine.
|Born||Ann Marie Blyth
August 16, 1928
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
(m. 1953; his death 2007)
Ann Marie Blyth (born August 16, 1928) is an American actress and singer, often cast in Hollywood musicals, but also successful in dramatic roles. For her performance as Veda Pierce in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce, Blyth was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Blyth was born August 16, 1928 in Mount Kisco, New York, to Harry and Nan Lynch Blyth. After her parents separated, she, her mother, and sister moved to a walk-up apartment on East 31st Street in New York City, where her mother took in ironing. Blyth attended St. Patrick's School in Manhattan.
Blyth performed on children's radio shows in New York for six years. Her first acting role was on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine (from 1941 until 1942). She played the part of Paul Lukas's daughter, Babette. The play ran for 378 performances, and won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. After the New York run, the play went on tour, and while in Los Angeles, Blyth was offered a contract with Universal Studios.
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. She made her film debut in 1944, teamed with Donald O'Connor in the teen-age musical Chip Off the Old Block. 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. Blyth was only 16 when she made the Michael Curtiz film. (Crawford won the Best Actress award for that film.)
After Mildred Pierce, Blyth sustained a broken back while tobogganing in Snow Valley, and was not able to fully capitalize on the film's success, although she was still able to make a few movies. 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 her final film role, 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. That soundtrack was much more successful than the film itself.
From the late 1950s into the 1970s, Blyth worked in musical theater and summer stock, starring in the shows The King and I, The Sound of Music, and Show Boat. and also on television, including co-starring opposite James Donald in the 1960 adaptation of A.J. Cronin's novel, The Citadel. She guest-starred on October 8, 1958, on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, the episode in which the 1959 Ford vehicles were introduced to the public. In "The Jenny Tannen Story", the second-season finale of the long-running western Wagon Train, broadcast on June 24, 1959, she played the dual role of a mother and daughter.
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. In 1985, Blyth retired from acting and singing.
In 1953, Blyth married obstetrician James McNulty, brother of singer Dennis Day, who had introduced them. The bridesmaids were actresses Joan Leslie, Jane Withers, and Betty Lynn. After her marriage, Blyth cut back somewhat to focus on raising their five children, Timothy Patrick (born June 10, 1954); Maureen Ann (born December 14, 1955); Kathleen Mary (born December 23, 1957); Terence Grady (born December 9, 1960); and Eileen Alana (born April 10, 1963). In 1973, she and McNulty, both devout Catholics, were accorded the honorific rank of Lady and Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in a ceremony presided over by Terence Cardinal Cooke. McNulty died on May 13, 2007, in La Jolla, California.
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 the 1952 presidential election.
|1944||Chip Off the Old Block||Glory Marlow III|
|The Merry Monahans||Sheila DeRoyce|
|Babes on Swing Street||Carol Curtis|
|Bowery to Broadway||Bessie Jo Kirby|
|1945||Mildred Pierce||Veda Pierce Forrester||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nomination|
|1946||Swell Guy||Marian Tyler|
|Killer McCoy||Sheila Carrson|
|1948||A Woman's Vengeance||Doris Mead||Alternative title: The Gioconda Smile|
|Another Part of the Forest||Regina Hubbard|
|Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid||Lenore the Mermaid|
|1949||Red Canyon||Lucy Bostel|
|Top o' the Morning||Conn McNaughton|
|Once More, My Darling||Marita Connell|
|Free for All||Ann Abbott|
|1950||Our Very Own||Gail Macaulay|
|1951||Katie Did It||Katherine Standish|
|The Great Caruso||Dorothy Benjamin|
|Thunder on the Hill||Valerie Carns||Alternative title: Bonaventure|
|The Golden Horde||Princess Shalimar||Alternative title: The Golden Horde of Genghis Khan|
|I'll Never Forget You||Helen Pettigrew/Martha Forsyth||Alternative titles: The House in the Square (USA)
Man of Two Worlds
|1952||Sally and Saint Anne||Sally O'Moyne|
|One Minute to Zero||Mrs. Landa Day|
|The World in His Arms||Countess Marina Selanova|
|1953||All the Brothers Were Valiant||Priscilla "Pris" Holt|
|1954||Rose Marie||Rose Marie Lemaitre|
|The Student Prince||Kathie Ruder|
|1955||The King's Thief||Lady Mary|
|1957||The Buster Keaton Story||Gloria Brent|
|The Helen Morgan Story||Helen Morgan||Alternative titles are Both Ends of the Candle and
Why Was I Born?
Vocals dubbed by Gogi Grant
|1954||Lux Video Theatre||Episode: "A Place in the Sun"|
|1958-1963||The Christophers||2 episodes|
|1959||The DuPont Show with June Allyson||Martha||Episode: "Suspected"|
|1959-1963||Wagon Train||Various roles||5 episodes|
|1960||The Citadel||Christine||Television movie|
|1962||The Dick Powell Show||Lizzie Hogan||Episode: "Savage Sunday"|
|1963||Saints and Sinners||Edith Berlitz||Episode: "The Year Joan Crawford Won the Oscar"|
|1964||The Twilight Zone||Pamela Morris/Constance Taylor||Episode: "Queen of the Nile"|
|1964-1965||Burke's Law||Deidre DeMara
|1965||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Lady Mei||Episode: "Jungle of Fear"|
|1969||The Name of the Game||Kay Martin||Episode: "Swingers Only"|
|1975||Switch||Miriam Estabrook||Episode: "Mistresses, Murder and Millions"|
|1979-1983||Quincy, M.E.||Velma Whitehead
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Francesca Lodge||Episode: "Reflections of the Mind"|
|1948||Lux Radio Theatre||A Woman's Vengeance|
|1952||Family Theater||The Presentation|
|1952||Lux Radio Theatre||Top o' the Morning|
|1953||Family Theater||The Finding in the Temple|
|1946||Academy Award||Nominated||Best Supporting Actress||Mildred Pierce|
|1958||Laurel Awards||Top Female Musical Performance||The Helen Morgan Story|