Janet Blair (April 23, 1921 – February 19, 2007) was an American film and television actress.
Death of Janet Blair
Janet Blair died of complications from pneumonia, at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
Janet Blair was aged 85 at the time of her death.
Born as Martha Jane Lafferty (she took her acting surname from Blair County, Pennsylvania) in Altoona, Pennsylvania, she began her acting career on film in 1942. She left films for many years after she was dropped by her studio, Columbia Pictures, and disliked the roles she was offered.
Instead, she took the lead role of Nellie Forbush in a production of the stage musical South Pacific, making more than 1,200 performances in three years. " never missed a performance", she noted proudly. During the tour, she also got married to second husband, producer-director Nick Mayo, and they became parents of Amanda and Andrew.
She made a rare dramatic appearance in the 1962 British horror film Night of the Eagle.
Her last performance was on television in a 1991 episode of Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury.