|Born||Beth Jane Porter
May 23, 1942
New York City, New York, USA
Beth Jane Porter, (born May 23, 1942) is an American stage, film and television actress and writer, who has worked in Britain for most of her career.
Beth Porter made her first professional appearance at age 12 in a Westchester County touring company. She studied acting on scholarship at the Stratford Connecticut Shakespeare Festival and with Helen Menken at the American Theatre Wing.
In 1966, Porter was chosen as a member of original Obie Award-winning New York LaMaMa Troupe under director Tom O'Horgan (Hair), where she starred in the play and later film of Futz!, and featured in Paul Foster's Tom Paine and Melodrama Play by Sam Shepard. A critic declared of her co-starring role in Futz!: "Beth Porter makes the Whore of Babylon look like the Singing Nun."
Porter founded the London LaMaMa, and became its administrative and artistic director, touring all over Europe. She featured in their plays, including Groupjuice, Little Mother by Ross Alexander, Groupjuice, Hump, a dramatization of the novel by David Benedictus.
US television guest spots include Baretta and Kojak. UK television roles include co-starring in Rock Follies of '77 (1977) and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which she reprised her role as The Marketing Girl from the original radio series. Her television films include Blue Money with Tim Curry, and Pleasure (1994), part of the Alan Bleasdale Presents series. She guest starred with Bill Nighy in The Men's Room (1991).
Feature film roles include Reds (1981), Mrs. McKee in The Great Gatsby (1974), Woody Allen's sister-in-law Anna in Love and Death (1975), and Yentl (1983), in which she worked as Barbra Streisand's understudy and played Sophie, Amy Irving's maid in an uncredited role. She appeared in several saucy UK comedies in the 1970s including Eskimo Nell (1975), an early feature film by Martin Campbell.
Porter featured on Roger Waters' album The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking as The Wife. Her voice has been heard on re-voices and dubbings of many films. She was the White Witch in the animated version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. She and John Ratzenberger did all the post-synch voices in John Schlesinger's Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), and she re-voiced the death throes of Veronica Cartwright in Alien (1979).
Porter later trained as a television script editor and producer. For BBC Television, she produced The Husband, The Wife and The Stranger, starring Adam Faith and Derrick O'Connor, and for Channel 4 Television, Unusual Ground Floor Conversion, a short film directed by Mark Herman, Little Voice. She later joined BBC Television Drama as a development executive for new drama series.
A number of her radio plays and short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Porter first became a journalist at age 12 when she was hired as a weekly columnist for The Patent Trader, a Westchester County newspaper chain. Years later, she served as a relief theatre critic for The Times, and contributed media-related articles to The Listener and The Independent. In 1988 she became a film critic, joining The Critics' Circle and served for 10 years as London Editor for Film Journal International.
She subsequently became a senior Web Producer for leading web-house Online Magic, part of the Omnicom Group, and she was asked to contribute to various web-related magazines including .net for Future Publishing. This led to the publication of her book, The Net Effect, for which David Puttnam contributed the foreword. 2009 was her 12th year as a nominating judge for the International Webby Awards and she has served as a contributor to policy advisers on eDemocracy issues.
She continues to make websites for private clients, and has just published Resident Aliens, a collection of her short fiction on kindle.ISBN: 978-0-9576272-0-8 
|1967||The Naked Witch||Beth|
|1969||Me and My Brother|
|1971||Long Drawn-Out Trip: Sketches from Los Angeles||Various||(voice)|
|The Great Gatsby||Mrs. McKee|
|1975||Eskimo Nell||Billie Harris|
|Love and Death||Anna|
|Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done||Yum-Yum||(voice)|
|1978||What's Up Superdoc!||Melanie|
|On a Paving Stone Mounted||American Woman|
|1980||Superman II||Football Fan||(uncredited)|
|1973||Thirty Minute Theatre||Joanna||Episode "The Baby's Name Being Kitchener"|
|Armchair Theatre||Barbara||Episode "Verite"|
|1974||Mousey||Sandra||aka Cat and Mouse|
|1975||Baretta||Nightclub Hostess||Episode "Nobody in a Nothing Place"|
|1977||Seven Faces of Woman||Anne Liebowitz||Episode "She: Anxious Anne"|
|Rock Follies of '77||Kitty Schreiber||6 episodes, 1977|
|1978||Crown Court||Episode "Scalped"|
|1979||The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe||Jadis, The White Witch||(voice)|
|The Deep Concern||Carrie Stone||(6 episodes)|
|1980||Tales of the Unexpected||Joanna Bligh||Episode "Taste"|
|1981||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Marketing Girl||Episode #1.6|
|1988||Floodtide||American Woman||Season 2 Episodes 4 and 5|
|1988||Square Deal||Hannah||Episodes #1.1 and #1.7|
|1990||Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Davina Ilbert||Episode "Put on by Cunning"|
|1994||Pleasure||Amber||aka Alan Bleasdale Presents Pleasure|
- "Playlist 1967". LaMaMa.org. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- Lathan, Peter. "Ellen Stewart - La MaMa's Mama". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- Ross Alexander at the Internet Broadway Database
- "David Benedictus - The Works". davidbenedictus.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- Fox, Julian (1996). Woody: Movies From Manhattan. BT Batsford Books. ISBN 0-87951-692-5.
- Sheridan, Simon (2007). Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema (3 ed.). Reynolds & Hearn Books. ISBN 1-905287-54-2.
- "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. (1984)". Roger Waters Online. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
- Porter, Beth (2001). The Net effect. Intellect Books. ISBN 1-84150-039-9.