Betty Ann Carr
|Betty Ann Carr|
|Born||Betty Ann Brown
Joplin, Missouri, United States
Carr was born to William Raymond and Helen Marie Brown as one-half Cherokee and one-half French and was the oldest of six children. She was raised on a small farm in Asbury, Missouri, outside Joplin, Missouri and according to the actress, grew up in a poor family, saying: "We were poor, but so was everybody else, so I didn't think about that.
Her siblings are Perry, James, Susan, Benny, Kay Brown.
Carr started her career by appearing as a dancer in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Her first prominent role came in 1971, replacing actress Sandra Ego as Betty Ann Sundown in the western series Cade's County until 1972. Besides appearing in the series, she taught to Indian actors at Jay Silverheels's drama school in San Fernando Valley. On this work, she commented in a 1973 interview:
- "Indians never were schooled in drama. If we want good actors we must begin by training the young; so I teach kids, 18 and under. For a while we had a busload of students from 12 to 16 coming in weekly from the Sherman Institute, but that stopped when the Institute ran out of money to pay the driver."
Carr, however, did not consider herself as an 'Indian actress' until casting directors rejected her at auditions because she looked "too ethnic" or "too dark" for non-Indian parts. Carr is probably best remembered for appearing as Monica Bell in the daytime soap opera Return to Peyton Place, for which she flew from San Diego to Los Angeles. Carr achieved some fame with the role, which she first played in May 1973, and was featured in several daytime-oriented magazines. She also composed songs for musicians by the time, and edited an Indian film.
Following the show's cancellation, Carr went on to guest star in several TV series and she was active as an actress until 1985.
Carr was married to engineer Tom Carr.
- "Betty Ann Carr Is Racing Today At Top Speed", The Daytona Beach News-Journal, July 21, 1973
- "She fights 'wooden Indian'" by Charles Witbeck, Bangor Daily News, May 29, 1973, p. 28
- "Betty Ann Carr In 'County'", Pittsburgh Press, January 18, 1972, p. 25
- "Indian Talent Finds Outlet In Theater Arts", Reading Eagle, October 11, 1973, p. 54