13TH ANNUAL TEXAS FILM HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Betty Lynn Buckley was born on July 3, 1947 in Fort Worth, Texas.
the little girl with the huge voice, trained herself by listening to
the recordings of Judy Garland and Della Reese, but it was her own
unique sound that made her a stand-out in local talent shows and she
made her professional stage debut at age 15 in a production of “Gypsy.”
Buckley attendedTexas Christian University, where the journalism major
and head cheerleader won the title of Miss Fort Worth (1966) and was
runner up in the Miss Texas competition.
headed for New York in 1969. Within hours of arriving, she auditioned
for and landed her first job in the Broadway musical “1776”, landing
the role of Martha Jefferson. Buckley did a number of hit productions
and eventually won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the
Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's “CATS.” This was followed by a
variety of film and television work including her memorable portrayal
of Dixie Scott in Horton Foote's Oscar-winning film TENDER MERCIES
For over 30 years Buckley has been a teacher of scene
study and song interpretation, giving workshops in Manhattan and
various universities and performing arts conservatories. She has been a
faculty member in the theatre and music departments of the University
of Texas at Arlington and continues to teach regularly at The Terry
Schreiber School in New York City. She has been awarded two honorary
Doctorates of Fine Arts for her contribution to the musical theatre by
Marymount College and the Boston Conservatory of Music. She has been
presented with numerous awards including “Showstopper of the Year” by
Lancome of Paris the 1996 WCC “Civic Spirit” award.
PHYLLIS GEORGE was crowned Miss America in 1970. The Denton-born beauty has been seen on shows from The NFL Today to The Emmy Awards to The New Candid Camera and the occasional role in films such as MEET THE PARENTS (2000). She currently oversees a successful line of skincare products.