Janet Blair

Janet Blair, who began her life as singer and then turned to acting in first film, then television and the stage, died Feb. 19, 2007, from complications of pneumonia at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, it was reported. She was 85. Ms. Blair was barely an adult when she gave up a career as a big band singer and signed a contract with Columbia Studios. Her career started promisingly, with big roles the 1942 films "Broadway" and "My Sister Eileen," in which she played Eileen Sherwood to Rosalind Russell's Ruth Sherwood. But the quality of her roles dipped by the middle of the decade.

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  • Born: 1921 in Altoona, PA, USA
  • Death: Feb 19, 2007 in Santa Monica, CA