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|Born||Martha Jane Lafferty
April 23, 1921
Altoona, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||February 19, 2007
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Complications from pneumonia|
|Resting place||Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica|
|Spouse(s)||Lou Busch (m. 1943–50)
Nick Mayo (m. 1953–71)
Janet Blair (April 23, 1921 – February 19, 2007) was an American film and television actress.
Born as Martha Jane Lafferty (she took her acting surname from Blair County, Pennsylvania) in Altoona, Pennsylvania, she began her acting career on film in 1942, being placed under contract to Columbia Pictures. During World War II, she made a string of successful pictures, although she is today best remembered for playing Rosalind Russell's sister in My Sister Eileen (1942) and Rita Hayworth's best friend in Tonight and Every Night (1945). In the late 1940s, she was dropped by Columbia and did not return to pictures for several years.
Instead, she took the lead role of Nellie Forbush in a production of the stage musical South Pacific, making more than 1,200 performances in three years. "[I] never missed a performance", she noted proudly. During the tour, she also got married to second husband, producer-director Nick Mayo, and they became parents of Amanda and Andrew.
She appeared on television on various variety shows and was also a summer replacement for Dinah Shore. She recorded an album entitled Flame Out for the Dico label. It was a collection of ballads like "Don't Explain" and "Then You've Never Been Blue".
Blair was married twice. Her first marriage was to Louis Ferdinand Busch from 1943 to March 1950. She married television producer Nick Mayo in 1952 with whom she had two children: Andrew and Amanda. They divorced in 1971.
- Three Girls About Town (1941)
- Blondie Goes to College (1942)
- Two Yanks in Trinidad (1942)
- Broadway (1942)
- My Sister Eileen (1942)
- Something to Shout About (1943)
- Once Upon a Time (1944)
- Tonight and Every Night (1945)
- Tars and Spars (1946)
- Gallant Journey (1946)
- The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)
- I Love Trouble (1948)
- The Fuller Brush Man (1948)
- The Black Arrow (1948)
- Public Pigeon No. One (1957)
- Night of the Eagle a.k.a. Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)
- Boys' Night Out (1962)
- The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)
- Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
- The Ford Theatre Hour (1948)
- The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1949)
- The Philco Television Playhouse (1949)
- Armstrong Circle Theatre (1954)
- The Elgin Hour (1954)
- The United States Steel Hour (1954)
- A Connecticut Yankee (1955, TV)
- Goodyear Television Playhouse (1955)
- Lux Video Theatre (1955)
- Climax! (1955)
- Front Row Center (1955)
- One Touch of Venus (1955, TV)
- Ford Television Theatre (1956)
- Screen Directors Playhouse (1956)
- Caesar's Hour (1956–1957)
- Alcoa Theatre (1958)
- Around the World with Nellie Bly (1960 TV movie)
- The Chevy Mystery Show (1960)
- Shirley Temple's Storybook (1960)
- The Chevy Show (1960–1961)
- The Outer Limits (1963)
- Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1964)
- Destry (1964)
- Burke's Law (1963–1964)
- Ben Casey (1966)
- Marcus Welby, M.D. (1970–1973)
- The Smith Family (1971–1972)
- Switch (1977)
- Fantasy Island (1980)
- The Love Boat (1982)
- Murder, She Wrote (1991)
- Flame Out (1959, Dico)
- "Movie Divorce Crop Is Large". The Spokesman-Review. January 2, 1951. p. 2. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- "Children Watch As Parents Are Wed". Kentucky New Era. October 19, 1963. p. 12. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- Pearson, Howard. "Laudable Ambition". The Deseret News. p. B8. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- "Stage, Screen and TV Star Janet Blair Dies at 86 Read more about Stage, Screen and TV Star Janet Blair Dies at 86". broadwayworld.com. February 21, 2007. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- Oderman, Stuart, Talking to the Piano Player 2. BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN #1-59393-320-7.
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