The first time I ever saw her name in a program, it read Betty Lynn Buckley.
That was fifty years ago, but you could already see the talent that earned Betty the title “The Voice of Broadway”. And best of all, she was one of us. Betty was a Fort Worth girl.
In fact, she still is – with a ranch outside of town, and a busy schedule of conducting master storytelling workshops in various schools and cities around the country. With fans who remember and love her from the television series Eight Is Enough to classic films such as Carrie, her following reflects the enormous appeal of someone gifted with talents that span the performing arts. Most recently Betty portrayed the trusted psychiatrist in M. Night Shyamalan’s terrifying Split, which earned multiple nominations and awards – and the villainous Marie L’Angelle in the critically acclaimed AMC series Preacher.
Now on stage in Dallas, Betty is currently touring nationally with the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! One of the most respected leading ladies in the history of musical theater, her Tony Award-winning rendition of “Memory” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats remains one of the great standards of the stage.
So, what songs shaped this legendary performer’s life – and among many other stories, what was her secret teenage ambition? Ladies and gentleman, recorded inside The Music Hall at Fair Park, please welcome…