About Janet Blair
Janet Blair (born Martha Janet Lafferty; April 23, 1921 – February 19, 2007) was a big-band singer who became a popular American film and television actress. Blair began her acting career on film in 1941, being placed under contract to Columbia Pictures. Before that, she was a featured singer in the Hal Kemp Orchestra. During World War II, she appeared as the pin-up girl in the March 1944 issue of Yank magazine. She made a string of successful pictures, although she is today best remembered for playing Rosalind Russell’s sister in ‘My Sister Eileen’.
In the late 1940s, Blair had star billing in the crime drama ‘I Love Trouble’ and the comedy ‘The Fuller Brush Man’ (both 1948), but was dropped by Columbia and did not return to pictures for several years. Shortly after, in 1950, Blair took the lead role of Nellie Forbush in the U.S touring production of the stage musical ‘South Pacific’, making more than 1,200 performances in three years. Her final appearance was on ‘Murder, She Wrote’ in 1991. Learn More…