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Betsy von Furstenberg

Performer
( b. Aug 16, 1931 Arnsberg, GERMANY - d. Apr 21, 2015 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Betsy von Furstenberg was a glamorous German-born baroness who made her debut in the movies and on the Broadway stage in the early 1950s as a teenager and later reinvented herself as a television actress, writer and philanthropist.

Born in a castle in Westphalia, Ms. von Furstenberg left Germany with her parents for New York before World War II. She was tutored by the choreographer Anton Dolin when she was 4 and performed with American Ballet Theater when she was 7.

While attending the Hewitt School in Manhattan, she began modeling at 14 and embarked with her mother on a globe-girdling career that led to a role in an Italian film called "Women Without Names," about post-World War II internees. That projected her onto the cover of Look magazine, photographed by Stanley Kubrick, for an article titled "Working Debutante."

In 1951, she made her Broadway debut in Philip Barry's Second Threshold, which earned her a spot on the cover of Life magazine (accompanied by a photograph inside of her stage-door mother) as "the most promising young actress of the year." Brooks Atkinson wrote in The New York Times, more guardedly, that her part, like those of the rest of the supporting cast, was "agreeably played."

She went on to star or co-star in Oh, Men! Oh, Women!, The Chalk Garden, Nature's Way, Mary, Mary and, in 1970, Neil Simon's The Gingerbread Lady, for which Walter Kerr of The Times lauded her "brusque, dry, exquisitely enameled performance as a fading beauty."

Ms. von Furstenberg also appeared on television, on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Have Gun -- Will Travel" and "Playhouse 90," among other series; on variety shows like Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" and "The Johnny Carson Show"; and on the soap opera "As the World Turns."

She continued to perform onstage into the 1980s and was active in supporting the Theater for the New City and Young Concert Artists. She also began writing, contributing articles and columns to various publications and, in 1988, publishing a novel, "Mirror, Mirror," about an heiress who befriends her servant's daughter and pursues love and ambition among Europe's glitterati.

Source: The New York Times obituary 


ProductionsDate of Productions
Absurd Person Singular
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy von Furstenberg
    • Eva - Replacement (Jan 12, 1976 - ?)
Oct 08, 1974 - Mar 06, 1976
The Gingerbread Lady
[Play, Comedy, Drama, Original]
  • Also Starring: Betsy von Furstenberg [Toby Landau]
Dec 13, 1970 - May 29, 1971
Avanti!
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy von Furstenberg [Helen Claiborne]
Jan 31, 1968 - Feb 17, 1968
The Paisley Convertible
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy von Furstenberg [Sylvia Greer]
Feb 11, 1967 - Feb 18, 1967
Mary, Mary
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Betsy von Furstenberg [Tiffany Richards]
Mar 08, 1961 - Dec 12, 1964
Much Ado About Nothing
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Also Starring: Betsy von Furstenberg [Margaret]
Sep 17, 1959 - Nov 07, 1959
Nature's Way
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy von Furstenberg [Maggie Turk]
Oct 16, 1957 - Dec 07, 1957
Child of Fortune
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy von Furstenberg [Kate Croy]
Nov 13, 1956 - Dec 01, 1956
The Chalk Garden
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Betsy von Furstenberg [Laurel]
Oct 26, 1955 - Mar 31, 1956
What Every Woman Knows
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Betsy von Furstenberg [Lady Sybil Tenterden]
Dec 22, 1954 - Jan 02, 1955
Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Betsy von Furstenberg [Myra Hagerman]
Dec 17, 1953 - Nov 13, 1954
Dear Barbarians
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy von Furstenberg [Lorraine]
Feb 21, 1952 - Feb 24, 1952
Second Threshold
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy von Furstenberg [Thankful Mather]
Jan 02, 1951 - Apr 21, 1951
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