'Marty' Star Dies
Betsy Blair, who died March 13, did not have an extensive career in Hollywood -- she was blacklisted for her political beliefs. But among her starring roles was a memorable portrayal of a homely schoolteacher in "Marty," a terrific 1955 drama based on a Paddy Chayefsky teleplay and one of the first projects Hollywood adapted from the rival television industry.
Some cinema historians suggested the movie was not supposed to be a success, with Burt Lancaster's production company undertaking the project as a tax write-off after several lucrative films.
In addition to Blair, the other "no-name" lead was a young Ernest Borgnine as a lonely Bronx butcher who romances Blair's Clara character with such lines as, "You know, us dogs aren't really so much of the dogs that we think we are."
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