Bonnie Blair Brown or Blair Brown, as she is known is an American television and film actress, and a theater artist. She is renowned for her roles in television series such as Fringe, "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd," and for her Broadway play "Copenhagen" for which she was the recipient of a Tony Award. Born in Washington D.C. to Milton Brown and Elizabeth Anne, Blair pursued her graduation at the Madeira School in Virginia. She also attended the National Theater School of Canada in 1969 to study drama. It was at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival that Brown started getting noticed for her talent, and she spent a few years polishing her talent. Brown's debut film "The Paper Chase" was bestowed with an Oscar in the year 1973. But the 1977 film "The Choirboys" saw her in a major role.

Alfred State, Stealing Home, One Trick Pony are some of Brown's earlier films. The year 1981 saw her in "Continental Divide" where she was cast as John Belushi's love interest. Brown was the recipient of a Golden Globe Award nomination for her role in the film. Strapless, The Astronaut's Wife, Space Cowboys, "Dogville," The Sentinel, and "Loverboy" constitute some of Blair's film. The 1980s featured Blair in prominent roles in television series such as that of Jacqueline Kennedy in "Kennedy," and "A Season in Purgatory" for which she received nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA award. She also portrayed Anna Roosevelt in a television film revolving around the story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. From 1987 to 1991,

Brown featured in "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" for which she was presented with five Emmy Award nominations consecutively for each season as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Blair has also made brief appearances in other television series such as Kojak, Smallville, The Rockford Files, Frasier, ER, Ed, and Touched by an Angel. Blair Brown has been an active theater artist ever since her college days and her efforts paid off when she was cast in the New York Shakespeare Festival's adaptation of The Comedy of Errors. She has also worked with Joe Papp and Richard Foreman in "The Threepenny Opera." Brown's Broadway breakthrough came with David Hare's "Secret Rapture" in 1989. She also featured in adaptations of Arcadia, Cabaret, Copenhagen, and The Cleanhouse. Brown also provided voice-overs for popular audio books such as Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, The Client by John Grisham, Rose Madder By Stephen King, and Olive Ocean by Kevin Henkes, just a to name a few. She has also done voice-overs for documentaries such as American Experience, The Secret Life of the Brain and The Buddha.

Betty White English Actress

Betty White

Hardly any person could come close to the title of “Pioneer of Television” as much as Betty White. Betty, an American actress, has a legion of credentials to her name such as being a comedienne, an author, a television personality, singer, an animal rights activist, and radio host. Born as Betty Marion White to parents Horace White, and Christine Tess, in Illinois, Betty grew up during the era of The Great Depression. At that time, Betty’s father would sell radios to make an extra buck or two. On relocating to Los Angeles, she completed her schooling at the Horace Mann School, and graduated from the Beverly Hills High School. On writing and acting for a stage play during her graduation days, led Betty to discover her passion for acting. In search of a job of her dreams, White was initially shunned by a few movie studios for not possessing an attractive face. Consequently, she joined radio commercials and local game shows, earning an amount nearing to five dollars per show. The year 1939 witnessed the inception of White’s television career with her singing songs from the opera “The Merry Window” on a Los Angeles channel on a temporary basis. The dawn of the World War II would cut short Betty’s career initially, but she featured on radio shows such as “The Great Gildersleeve,” “This is Your FBI,” “Blondie,” and also got to host the self-made “The Betty White Show.” The year 1949 would see White co-hosting “Hollywood on Television” alongside Al Jarvis. After the departure of Jarvis, Betty continued to host the show for four years that followed and was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Actress on Television. George Tibbles, Don Fedderson and White co-founded “Bandy Productions” in 1952, and led to the creation of the sitcom “Life with Elizabeth.” Considering that the world was not much advanced regarding acceptance of various social issues, Betty White stood out as a 28-year old female, completely in-charge of the matters in front, and behind the camera. The 1960s witnessed Betty make her movie debut in “Advice & Consent” as Elizabeth Adams, the Kansas State Senator. White also hosted “The Tournament of Roses Parade,” and featured in game shows such as Password, To Tell the Truth, “What’s My Line?,” and “I’ve Got a Secret.” The following decade saw Betty on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” for which she has been presented with a couple of Emmy Awards. She also featured in several episodes of The Carol Burnett Show, and also on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” In the year 1983, Betty White was presented with a Daytime Emmy Award for NBC’s “Just Men,” in the category of Outstanding Same Show Host. The 1980s saw White portray Ellen Harper Jackson in “Mama’s Family,” and Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls.” She also received another Emmy for her appearance on “The John Larroquette Show.” White has featured in numerous other television shows such as “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Boston Legal, “The Practice,” “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” At the age of 88, Betty hosted The Saturday Night Live in 2010, resulting in her pocketing a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In her arsenal of awards, Betty White has to her name five Primetime Emmy Awards, three American Comedy Awards, two Daytime Emmy Awards, and received an induction to the Television Hall of Fame, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Bonnie Franklin

Bonnie Franklin, known for her role in the decade-long soap opera "One Day at a Time" was an American actress, and was the recipient of a Primetime Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Tony award for her role in the series. Born to parents Samuel Franklin and Claire in Santa Monica, California, Bonnie pursued her education at the Beverly Hills High School, after the family had relocated to Beverly Hills. Franklin attended the University of Los Angeles where she obtained a bachelor's degree in the year 1966. At the tender age of 9, Bonnie Franklin made her television debut with The Colgate Comedy Hour, and later on, featured in a brief role in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man." The decade of the 1960s saw Bonnie in the Procter & Gamble-produced educational film "You're the Judge." She also featured in television series such as Hazel, Karen, Mr. Novak, Gidget, and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." 1970s marked the inception of Bonnie's Broadway debut with "Applause," and she was nominated for a Tony award. Franklin recorded the show's title track which gained her acclamations from various critics, and consequently, in 1970, she features in the Vogue magazine. In the years that followed, Franklin was a part of stage plays such as "A Thousand Clowns" and "George M!" at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and in "Carousel" at the Jones Beach Theater. It was in the year 1975 that Bonnie was cast in "One Day at a Time," a television comedy series for which she is renowned. The 1980s saw Franklin perform at various theaters such as the Bucks County Playhouse, Westside Arts Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Ford's Theater, and the Rubicon Theater, just to name a few. Right from the 1990s to the millennium, she has performed in numerous cabarets and stages. Bonnie also featured in various episodes of the soap opera "Young and the Restless," portraying the character of Sister Celeste. Franklin was married to Marvin Minoff, until his death on the 9th of November, 2011. The following year, Bonnie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and she passed away on the 1st of March, 2013.

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Bonnie Franklin English Actress