Betty Furness

Elizabeth Mary Furness, better known as Betty Furness (January 3, 1916–April 2, 1994) was an American actress, consumer advocate and current affairs commentator.

Born in New York, New York, Furness began her professional career as a model before being signed to a film contract by RKO Studios. Her first film role was as the "Thirteenth Woman" in the 1932 film Thirteen Women but her scenes were deleted before the film's release. Over the next few years she appeared in several RKO films, and became a popular actress. Among her film successes were Magnificent Obsession (1935) and the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Swing Time (1936). By the end of the decade she had appeared in over forty films, but during the 1940s found it difficult to secure acting roles.

In 1948 she was performing in the television series Studio One which was broadcast live. She filled in for an actor to promote Westinghouse products during the advertisement break, and impressed the company with her easy and professional manner. They offered her a contract to promote their products and she subsequently became closely associated with them. In 1953 she appeared in her own television series Meet Betty Furness which was sponsored by Westinghouse and she remained a spokesperson for the company until 1960. She then attempted to move into a less commercialized role in television but found herself too closely associated with advertising to be taken seriously. During this time she worked on radio, and also on behalf of the Democratic Party.

In 1967 President Lyndon Baines Johnson, aware of her work for the Democrats contacted Furness and offered her a position as Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs. She accepted the assignment and continued in this role until the end of the Johnson administration in 1969. During her tenure she silenced her critics by applying herself studiously to her role and learning the issues relating to consumer rights. She headed the Consumer Affairs Departments of both New York City, and New York State from the late 1960s before returning to television.

Signed by WNBC in New York, Furness reported on consumer issues, and specifically targeted examples of consumer fraud. In 1976 she began an association with The Today Show filling in as anchor, and providing regular reports. In 1977 her program Buyline: Betty Furness won the Peabody Award.

In 1990 she was diagnosed with cancer. She continued working for The Today Show until she was released from her contract in 1992. Her dismissal was widely publicised and controversial and was viewed by many of Furness' supporters as ageism.

She had always expressed throughout her life that her philosophy was to never turn down a job, and she stated that it was this attitude that had allowed her to progress through such an unconventional series of professions. During her illness she stated that she wanted nothing more than to be able to work, but her health continued to deteriorate until her death in New York from stomach cancer.

Betty Furness has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution Motion Pictures, and to Television.


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Betty Furness has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution Motion Pictures, and to Television. She died of heart failure in Dallas, Texas on 6 April 1996 (Easter Saturday) and is interred there in the Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. During her illness she stated that she wanted nothing more than to be able to work, but her health continued to deteriorate until her death in New York from stomach cancer. The actress was married three times. She had always expressed throughout her life that her philosophy was to never turn down a job, and she stated that it was this attitude that had allowed her to progress through such an unconventional series of professions. In 1960, however, she again received an Oscar nomination for Sunrise at Campobello, in which she played Eleanor Roosevelt. Her dismissal was widely publicised and controversial and was viewed by many of Furness' supporters as ageism. By the end of the decade, and through the 1950s, however, her roles were becoming less appreciated.

She continued working for The Today Show until she was released from her contract in 1992. Miniver, and she received more nominations during the 1940s. In 1990 she was diagnosed with cancer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1942 for her role as a British matron pluckily surviving in the midst of war in Mrs. In 1977 her program Buyline: Betty Furness won the Peabody Award. She received her first Oscar nomination for the role. In 1976 she began an association with The Today Show filling in as anchor, and providing regular reports. Chips, in 1939.

Signed by WNBC in New York, Furness reported on consumer issues, and specifically targeted examples of consumer fraud. Garson was signed to a contract with MGM and appeared in her first American film, Goodbye, Mr. She headed the Consumer Affairs Departments of both New York City, and New York State from the late 1960s before returning to television. Mayer while he was in London looking for new talent. During her tenure she silenced her critics by applying herself studiously to her role and learning the issues relating to consumer rights. She appeared in local theatrical productions, and was discovered by Louis B. She accepted the assignment and continued in this role until the end of the Johnson administration in 1969. She intended to become a teacher, but instead began working with an advertising agency.

In 1967 President Lyndon Baines Johnson, aware of her work for the Democrats contacted Furness and offered her a position as Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs. She was educated at the University of London, where she earned degrees in French and 18th-century literature. During this time she worked on radio, and also on behalf of the Democratic Party. Known in childhood as "Eggy" and supposedly born in County Down, Ireland, in 1908, she was actually born in London, the only child of George Garson (1865-1906), a clerk from the Orkney Islands who was himself the son of an Irish cabinetmaker, and his Scottish wife, Nancy ("Nina") Sophia Greer. She then attempted to move into a less commercialized role in television but found herself too closely associated with advertising to be taken seriously. Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson (September 29, 1904 - April 6, 1996) was an Academy Award winning actress, most known for being the leading lady in many pictures co-starring Walter Pidgeon. In 1953 she appeared in her own television series Meet Betty Furness which was sponsored by Westinghouse and she remained a spokesperson for the company until 1960. Twelfth Night.

They offered her a contract to promote their products and she subsequently became closely associated with them. The School for Scandal. She filled in for an actor to promote Westinghouse products during the advertisement break, and impressed the company with her easy and professional manner. How He Lied to Her Husband. In 1948 she was performing in the television series Studio One which was broadcast live. Chips. By the end of the decade she had appeared in over forty films, but during the 1940s found it difficult to secure acting roles. Goodbye, Mr.

Among her film successes were Magnificent Obsession (1935) and the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Swing Time (1936). Remember?. Over the next few years she appeared in several RKO films, and became a popular actress. Pride and Prejudice. Her first film role was as the "Thirteenth Woman" in the 1932 film Thirteen Women but her scenes were deleted before the film's release. Blossoms In the Dust. Born in New York, New York, Furness began her professional career as a model before being signed to a film contract by RKO Studios. When Ladies Meet.

Elizabeth Mary Furness, better known as Betty Furness (January 3, 1916–April 2, 1994) was an American actress, consumer advocate and current affairs commentator. Miniver. Mrs. Random Harvest. The Youngest Profession.

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The Miniver Story. The Law and the Lady. Scandal at Scourie. Julius Caesar.

Her Twelve Men. Strange Lady in Town. Sunrise at Campobello. Pepe.

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Little Drummer Boy. The Little Drummer Boy Book II. Little Women. Chips.

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1944 Nominated Madame Curie. 1945 Nominated Mrs. Parkington. 1946 Nominated The Valley of Decision. 1961 Nominated Sunrise at Campobello.

"Buddy" Fogelson (died 1987), and in 1967, the couple retired to the Forked Lightning Ranch in New Mexico. E. That same year 1949 she married a millionaire Texas oilman and horse breeder, E. Ney eventually became a respected stock-market analyst and financial consultant.

Miniver"; they divorced in 1949, with Garson claiming that Ney had called her a has-been and belittled her age. Her second husband, whom she married in 1943, was Richard Ney (born 1914, 1915, 1917, or 1918, sources differ), the young actor who played her son in "Mrs. Her first husband, whom she married on September 28, 1933, was Edward (later Sir Edward) Alec Abbot Snelson (1904-1992), a British civil servant who became a noted judge and expert in Indian and Pakistani affairs; the real marriage reportedly lasted only a few weeks, but was not formally dissolved until the 1940s.

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