Winning a Tony Award and starring on one of the most popular television series of the 1970s and 1980s are just two of the things for which this talented diva is known. Fort Worth native Betty Buckley has entertained millions of fans over the years with her Broadway songbird voice and striking stage presence on records and in live performances, too.
You may remember her award-winning turn in Cats, and you may have seen her in Sunset Boulevard in New York or London. She’s already considered to be a living legend in the world of show tunes… so much so that the Texas Film Hall of Fame is honoring her in the Spring. And here she gets real with me about her life, her career and about giving back much of what she’s learned.
Lance Avery Morgan: Betty, I’ve followed your career since you were first on television because your sister-in-law was one of my high school English teachers. I knew we’d always connect somehow. And everyone I knew watched your series Eight is Enough when I was a kid. It was The O.C. of it's time and you played the cool mom role. Was that a fun part?
Betty Buckley: Great to meet you. Love the magazine. I played the stepmom, actually. It was a good part and a great learning experience for a young actress.
And then you went to Broadway to take the world by storm with Cats. How did that transition happen?
I had already done three Broadway shows… 1776, Pippin and in London Promises, Promises. I auditioned for Cats twice and won the role.
The show ran forever, it seems and you were part of the original cast. Did you feel like you were a part of pop culture history at the time - you did win the Tony for your outstanding performance after all.