Betsy Blair (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Academy Award-nominated actress Betsy Blair died on March 13, 2009 at her home in London after a long illness. She was 85.
Blair began on Broadway and later starred in several films, including "The Guilt of Janet Ames" (1947), "A Double Life" (1947) and "The Snake Pit" (1948). She married Gene Kelly in 1941. They were divorced in 1957, and Blair later married Czech film director Karel Reisz.
Blair was a rising star in 1940s Hollywood but was blacklisted for her leftist political views and saw her work dry up in the 1950s. With Kelly's intervention, she did manage to land the role of Clara Snyder, Ernest Borgnine's love interest in the 1955 film "Marty," for which she earned an Academy Award nomination.
In 1956 she relocated to Europe, living in Paris before eventually settling in London. Her memoir "The Memory of All That: Love and Politics in New York, Hollywood, and Paris," was published in 2003 to a warm critical reception.