Betty Buckley Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Jan 30, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Aug 30, 2022
Betty Buckley is living the life of her dreams on a ranch after accomplishing a lot during her career.
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About Betty Buckley

Betty Buckley is an actress and singer who was born in Big Spring, Texas, and has rightly been nicknamed The Voice of Broadway.

But the Texas-born actress/singer has more than just a few songs up her sleeve. Her mastery of the stage has taken her from Broadway to international television to the Theater Hall of Fame.

Betty Buckley is remembered for her iconic role as Grizabella in the original Broadway production of 'Cats'. Other loved characters of hers include Dixie Scott in Bruce Beresford's 'Tender Mercies' and Hesione in 'Triumph Of Love'.

Buckley's live performances have a raw brilliance, but her talent continues to reveal itself in dramas like 'Eight Is Enough' and the cult favorite 'Pretty Little Liars'. Betty Buckley was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2007 and has also received two honorary doctorates of fine arts from Marymount College and the Boston Conservatory of Music.

Betty Buckley Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Betty Buckley's net worth?

Betty Buckley has an estimated net worth of about $4 million.

How much does Betty Buckley earn per year?

The earnings per year of Betty Buckley are not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Betty Buckley?

Betty Buckley is 5 ft 5 in (167 cm).

How old is Betty Buckley?

Betty Buckley is 75 years old as of 2022. She was born July 3, 1947, in Big Spring and is Cancer.

Childhood And Education

Betty Buckley was born on July 3, 1947, in Big Spring to journalist Betty Bob and retired Air Force colonel Ernest Lynn Buckley in Big Spring, Texas, and was brought up in Fort Worth, Texas. Betty grew up with three younger siblings. Her brother Norman Buckley is also involved in the film industry as a director.

Betty's aunt encouraged her to take up dance lessons and sing in the church choir. Betty's father, however, was dismissive of the career path. Therefore, Betty began pursuing a journalism degree at Texas Christian University. While at the university, however, Betty won the 1966 Miss Fort Worth pageant and caught the attention of the Miss America producers, who asked her to sing at the Atlantic City contest. After graduating with her degree, Betty Buckley worked as a reporter before making her debut in her first Broadway musical.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Betty Buckley's partner?

Betty Buckley is currently not married as of 2022. She does not have any children.

The singer was married to director and acting coach Peter Flood from 1972-1979. They were wed on April 29, 1972, but separated after seven years of togetherness.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Betty Buckley is best known for her Broadway performances. Both as an actress and as a singer, Buckley has given many performances in theaters and concert halls all over the world, not to mention her numerous appearances in films. Betty Buckley was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2012 and has received prestigious awards such as the Tony Award and the Julie Harris Award. Buckley played the gym teacher Miss Collins in the 1976 horror classic 'Carrie'.

Betty Buckley is a recognized figure outside Broadway as well, for her role in Horton Foote's 'The Old Friends', 'White's Lies', 'Getting My Act Together', and 'Taking It On The Road', to mention a few. Buckley has also made noteworthy television appearances. She appeared in NBC's 2015 medical drama 'Chicago Med' and HBO's mini-TV series 'The Pacific'. She also appeared in the HBO series 'Oz'.

Betty Buckley, the singer, has made a significant contribution to the modernization of musical theater. Her powerful voice has also won her several notable awards and nominations, such as the Grammy nomination for her live album 'Stars And The Moon: Live At The Donmar'. She collaborated with BBC to record The London Concert in 1995. Betty Buckley also has over 40 years of teaching experience on her belt, offering scene study and song interpretation at multiple universities around the country. Betty Buckley has held seminars at the University of Texas and The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth.

Charity Work

During the 20th 'Nothing Like a Dame' concert in 2016, Betty Buckley joined the Host committee alongside Misty Copeland, Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, and Janice Reals Ellig. The evening filled with women singers and dancers would serve to raise funds for The Actors Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative.

Working with the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organization, Betty signed a limited edition sketch by famous caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. Also supporting the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, the print was put up for auction and further for donation.

Betty also partnered with Dick Wolf Universe Fundraisers to choose the Joyful Heart Foundation as the charity to raise money for in summer 2022. Joyful Heart aims to change society's views on sexual assault and domestic violence and to support the survivors.

What awards has Betty Buckley won?

In 1982, Betty Buckley won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for Betty's role as Grizabella in the original Broadway production of 'Cats'. The award is an illustrious one that commends excellence in Broadway theatre.

Betty has also been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, in 1985 and 1989, both for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Program.

In 2017, Betty Buckley was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Saturn award for her role as Dr. Fletcher in 'Split'.

The talented actress and singer was also nominated twice for a GRAMMY award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Spoken Word Album.

Betty Buckley's Hobbies And Interests

In the true spirit of a Texan, Betty Buckley sure does love her horses. She paused her career in 2002 to return to her Texas ranch and tend to her cutting horses. And it's not just them: Betty is an avid lover of all animals and has rescued cats, dogs, and even donkeys!

Her horses remain one of the top priorities in the actress' life, though. Her plan in life was to peak in her career and learn to train cutting horses. She posts about her horses Wild Bill & Smart Skat Cat on Instagram, along with her Malinois/Shepherd mix Lucas and cat Cooper.

Other Interesting Betty Buckley Facts And Trivia

  • Betty Buckley responded to the critique of Night Shyamalan's 2016 thriller/horror 'Split', in which she played the psychologist, Dr. Karen Fletcher. The movie was critiqued for its questionable depiction of people with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Buckley felt that Shyamalan's movie did not demonize the disorder but instead presented it as a creative response to pain and suffering to show what human nature is capable of.
  • Betty Buckley feels that riding and training with horses is an experience that 'authenticates life' because it's so direct and doesn't involve 'show business and crazy negotiations.
  • Betty Buckley's broadway debut was in the musical Broadway '1776'. She had one of the only two female roles in the entire musical.
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Betty Buckley Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Betty Lynn Buckley

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

Big Spring



167 cm

Eye Color



Actress, Singer


Texas Christian University

Net Worth



Ernest Lynn Buckley, Betty Bob


Norman Buckley, Patrick Buckley, Michael Buckley
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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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