BETTY BUCKLEY (Norma Desmond) won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in Triumph of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination for her interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway.
Buckley made her Broadway debut creating the role of Martha Jefferson in the musical 1776, was Catherine in Bob Fosse's Pippin and was Edwin Drood for the New York Shakespeare Festival in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She most recently reprised the role of Jenny Diver in Threepenny Opera at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Off-Broadway she starred in The Vineyard Theatre's production of Nicky Silver's The Eros Trilogy and previously in Second Stage's production of Juno Swans. Her film appearances include her debut in Brian de Palma's screen version of Stephen King's Carrie, Bruce Beresford's Tender Mercies, Roman Polanski's Frantic, Woody Allen's Another Woman, and Lawrence Kasden's Wyatt Earp.
Most recently she played the character of Cheryl Fleming on the USA Network series Monk and as Suzanne Fitzgerald in the HBO Cable series Oz. Her work on television has included starring roles in mini-series and movies for television, including four seasons as Abby Bradford in the hit series Eight Is Enough.
Concord Records released Buckley's album, Stars and the Moon, Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar, which received a 2002 Grammy nomination. It includes standards such as "Just The Way You Look Tonight" and "Send In The Clowns."
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 is currently a faculty member in the theater department of the University of Texas at Arlington.