Bethel Leslie

Bethel Leslie

actress, writer

Bethel Leslie was born on Aug 03, 1929 in USA. Bethel Leslie's big-screen debut came with The Man from Blackhawk - Season 1 directed by Harmon Jones in 1959. Bethel Leslie is known for Long Day's Journey Into Night directed by Jonathan Miller, Jack Lemmon stars as James Tyrone and Bethel Leslie as Mary Tyrone. The upcoming new movie Bethel Leslie plays is Message in a Bottle which will be released on Feb 12, 1999.

The daughter of a well-to-do attorney and a socialite, Jane Bethel Leslie was born on August 3, 1929, in New York City. She was a 15-year-old student at the Brearley School on the Upper East Side when she was discovered by legendary producer George Abbott for the Broadway play "Snafu" in 1944. She quickly became a theatre mainstay with such plays as "The Dancer" (1946), "How I Wonder" (1947), "Goodbye, My Fancy" (1948), "Pygmalion" (1952) and "The Time of the Cuckoo" (1952) under her belt.In later years she gave stunning theater performances in "Inherit the Wind" (1955), "Career" (1957), and "Catch Me If You Can" (1965), then capped her formidable career with a Tony nomination as drug-addicted mother Mary Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" in 1986 opposite Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, and Peter Gallagher. It was subsequently televised.While not as well known for her movie work, the seriously attractive actress was best utilized as a brittle support player in such films as La clé des champs (1959) and Le combat du Capitaine Newman (1963). Sporadic filming later included À corps perdu (1965), Traître sur commande (1970), Old Boyfriends (1979), Ironweed - La force du destin (1987), and Une bouteille à la mer (1999). On TV as a teen, her first series was playing Cornelia Otis Skinner in The Girls (1950), in 1950. Throughout the '50s, she appeared in scores of dramatic parts on episodic TV and became one of those faces without a name, playing neurotic or cruel villainesses. TV soaps took up her later years; she appeared in The Doctors (1963), La force du destin (1970), and On ne vit qu'une fois (1968), at various times. At one point, she was a head writer for The Secret Storm (1954).Bethel died of cancer at age 70, survived by her daughter Leslie McCullough Jeffries.

  • Birthday

    Aug 03, 1929
  • Place of Birth

    New York City, New York, USA

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