Betty Buckley, Tony award winning American theatre, Film, TV star and singer, was born on Big Spring, Texas and brought up in Fort Worth. She is the daughter of Betty Bob, a dancer and a journalist and Ernest Lynn Buckley, a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force and former dean of University of Texas at Arlington and South Dakota State University. When she was a student at Texas Christian University she won the title "Miss Fort Worth" in 1966 and she was the runner up in the Miss Texas contest. After she got her degree from Texas Christian University she worked as a reporter for the Fort Worth Newspaper.
Buckley made her Broadway debut in 1776 in 1969 and has been called "The Voice of Broadway" by New York Magazine. Her rendition of "Memory" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats established her reputation. She is perhaps best known for the 1977��"81 TV dramedy Eight is Enough. She joined the show in its second season when the original star, Diana Hyland, died after the first four episodes of season one. Hyland's character (Joan Bradford) died, and Buckley was cast as the widower's new romantic interest, Sandra Sue Abbott (nicknamed Abby), who would become stepmother of the eight children to which the series' title refers.
Buckley also appeared in the original movie version of Carrie in 1976. She played Miss Collins, Carrie's gym teacher; in 1987, she appeared as Margaret White in the musical adaptation of the film. In 1977, she recorded an uncredited solo on the song "Walking in Space," in the movie Hair.
She played the role of a country singer in Bruce Beresford's film Tender Mercies (1982), in which she sang the song "Over You."
She also appeared in the Woody Allen film Another Woman (1988) and in Roman Polanski's Frantic (1988). In 2001��"03, she played a role in seasons 4��"6 of the HBO series Oz. She also has guest-starred in a number of television series, including Without a Trace, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Monk. She guest-starred in a Christmas special of the TV series Remember WENN, in which she sang "You Make It Christmas." In 2006 she was cast as the family matriarch Iva March/Nora Walker in the unseen pilot for "Brothers and Sisters," with the role ultimately going to Sally Field.
Buckley sang "Memory" from Cats at the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2006 as part of the tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber. In 2007, Buckley appeared with Quintessence at Lincoln Center in its Great American Songbook series.