Betty Lynn Buckley (born July 3, 1947) is an American stage, film, and television actress and singer.She starred from 1977 to 1981 on the ABC series Eight Is Enough, before going on to win the 1983 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Grizabella in the original Broadway production of Cats.She also has guest-starred in a number of television series, including Without a Trace, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Monk.
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In September 2013, she starred in the world premiere of Horton Foote's The Old Friends at the Signature Theatre off-Broadway.
She repeated her performance in 2014 at Houston's famed Alley Theatre.
Then she worked for a time as a reporter for the Fort Worth Press, but went to New York City in 1969, where she landed the role of Martha Jefferson in 1776 her first day in town.
she has been called "The Voice of Broadway" by New York magazine.
Buckley sang "Memory" from Cats at the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2006 as part of the tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Night Shyamalan's The Happening opposite Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel.
In 2007, Buckley appeared with Quintessence at Lincoln Center in its Great American Songbook series. She appeared as Marion Leckie, mother of Robert Leckie in the HBO series The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, which aired in 2010.
From January–March 2013, she starred in the London Premiere of Jerry Herman's Dear World, receiving rave reviews.
The musical was directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, with whom Buckley had previously worked on Cats.
She is a 2012 American Theater Hall of Fame inductee.