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December 23, 2021

45 Gorgeous Photos of Janet Blair in the 1940s

Born 1921 as Martha Janet Lafferty in Altoona, Pennsylvania, American actress Janet Blair began her acting career on film in 1941, being placed under contract to Columbia Pictures. She made a string of successful pictures, although she is today best remembered for playing Rosalind Russell’s sister in My Sister Eileen (1942) and Rita Hayworth’s best friend in Tonight and Every Night (1945).


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.

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. She also starred in the Broadway comedy A Girl Can Tell in 1953.

Blair died in 2007 at the age of 85 at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, succumbing to complications from pneumonia. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see portrait of a young and beautiful Janet Blair in the 1940s.

















































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