Betta St. John
Betta St. John
with Deborah Kerr (right) in Dream Wife
Betty Jean Striegler
November 26, 1929
Hawthorne, California, US
(m. 1952; died 1992)
Born in Hawthorne, California, St. John was part of the Meglin Kiddies troupe as a youngster. She made her film debut at the age of ten in Destry Rides Again (1939) and as an orphan in Jane Eyre (1943). She was discovered by Rodgers and Hammerstein and played a small role in the Broadway musical Carousel in 1945. By 1949, she created the role of Liat in the musical South Pacific on Broadway 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), 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). She continued to act in films and television until 1965 when she retired.
She was married to English actor Peter Grant from 1952 until his death in 1992; they had three children.
|1939||Destry Rides Again||Singing Girl in Wagon||Uncredited|
|1940||Waldo's Last Stand||Top Dancer||Short|
|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||aka The City of the Dead|
- Maxford, Howard (2018). Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company. McFarland. p. 708. ISBN 9781476629148. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
- St. John profile at Glamour Girls of the Screen website
- "Show Business Won't Let Betta St. John Open Eyes". The Ottawa Citizen. Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. August 1, 1953. p. 15. Retrieved 27 May 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "("Betta St. John" search results)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
- Fandango website
- "South Pacific Girl Finally Gets Her 'Wonderful Guy'". Milwaukee Journal. November 27, 1952. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
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