Ann Marie Blyth
(born August 16, 1928) is an American actress and singer, often cast in Hollywood musicals
, but also successful in dramatic roles. Her performance as Veda Pierce in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce
was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Life and career
Blyth was born in Mount Kisco, New York
, to parents who divorced shortly after her birth. She was raised a devout Roman Catholic by her mother. Blyth began her acting career initially as "Anne Blyth," changing the spelling of her name back to the original (Ann) at the beginning of her film career. Her first acting role was on Broadway
in Watch on the Rhine
(from 1941 until 1942). She was signed to a contract with Universal Studios
, and made her film debut in 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
. (Crawford won the Best Actress award for that film.)
Having injured her back after Mildred Pierce
,Blyth, Ann, "My Career Took a Toboggan Ride," in Peale, Norman Vincent (ed.) Faith Made Them Champions.
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