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Betta St. John (born November 26, 1929, Hawthorne, California) is an American actress, singer and dancer.

Betta St. John
Betta St. John-Deborah Kerr in Dream Wife.jpg
with Deborah Kerr (right) in Dream Wife
Born Betty Jean Striegler
(1929-11-26) November 26, 1929 (age 88)
Hawthorne, California, US
Occupation actress
Years active 1939-1965
Notable work Dream Wife
Spouse(s) Peter Grant (m. 1952; d. 1992) (3 children)
From top: Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary singing "Happy Talk", Betta St. John as Liat, and William Tabbert as Lt. Cable in the original Broadway cast of South Pacific (1950)

Born as Betty Jean Striegler, St. John made her film debut at the age of ten in Destry Rides Again (1939) and as an orphan in Jane Eyre (1943).[1] She was discovered by Rodgers and Hammerstein and played a small role in the Broadway musical Carousel in 1945.[citation needed] By 1949, she created the role of Liat in the musical South Pacific on Broadway[2] and followed the production to London.

On film, St. John portrayed a princess being courted by Cary Grant in the 1953 film Dream Wife. She also had featured roles in The Robe (1953), All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) and The Student Prince (1954), and top billing in High Tide at Noon (1957). St. John appeared in two Tarzan films and ended her career as the heroine of Horror Hotel (1960).[3] She continued to act in films and television until 1965 when she retired.


Personal lifeEdit

She was married to English actor Peter Grant from 1952[4] until his death in 1992; they had three children.


Year Title Role Note
1939 Destry Rides Again Singing Girl in Wagon Uncredited
1940 Waldo's Last Stand Top Dancer Short
1943 Jane Eyre Girl Uncredited
1953 The Robe Miriam
Dream Wife Tarji
All the Brothers Were Valiant Native Girl
1954 Dangerous Mission Mary Tiller
The Law vs. Billy the Kid Nita Maxwell
The Student Prince Princess Johanna
The Saracen Blade Iolanthe Rogliano
1955 The Naked Dawn Maria Lopez
Alias John Preston Sally Sandford
1957 High Tide at Noon Joanna
Tarzan and the Lost Safari Diana Penrod
1958 Corridors of Blood Susan
The Snorkel Jean Edwards
1960 Tarzan the Magnificent Fay Ames
Horror Hotel Patricia Russell


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