Betty Lynn Buckley is an American stage, film and television actress and singer. She is a Tony Award winner and a 2012 American Theater Hall of Fame inductee.
Buckley made her Broadway debut in 1969, in the musical 1776 and went on to appear in the Broadway musical Pippin in 1973. She played Ms. Collins, the gym teacher in the 1976 Brian de Palma film Carrie, before going on to star for four seasons in the ABC series Eight is Enough. She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Grizabella in the 1982 original Broadway production of Cats. In 1983, she played country singer Dixie Scott in the Bruce Beresford film Tender Mercies, which features her rendition of the Academy Award nominated song "Over You". In 1988, she starred in the short-lived Broadway musical production of Carrie, this time playing Carrie's mother.
From 1994-1996, she starred as Norma Desmond in the musical Sunset Boulevard in both London and New York, receiving an Olivier Award nomination. She then starred in the 1997 musical Triumph of Love, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award.