A Partial Acting Résumé
Mary Rose Betten is a member of Actors Equity, the Authors Guild, the Screen Actors Guild,
the Dramatists Guild (New York and Los Angeles), the American Federation of Radio & TV Artists, and Women in Film. She has appeared in the feature films Little Darlings, Lifeguard, Arthur On The Rocks, Up the Sandbox, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Some Kind of Hero, and Lethal Weapon, as well as countless movies made for television, including Roots: The Second Generation and The House with The Clock In The Wall with Vincent Price.
She has appeared over the years in episodic television on such shows as Dallas, Falcon Crest, Simon and Simon, Cagney and Lacy, Taxi, Knots Landing, Newhart, WKRP in Cincinnati, Doogie Howser, Happy Days, and as a recurring character on the soap opera The Days of Our Lives and as a regular on the last two years of Totally Hidden Video.
Some of her theatre credits in New York and Los Angeles include The Madwoman of Chaillot, Guys and Dolls (with Milton Berle), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (with John Raitt), Thurber Carnival, Bells Are Ringing, Cindy, and A Family Affair.
She has performed standup comedy at The Ice House, The Duplex (New York), the MGM
Grand (Las Vegas), The Playboy Club Circuit, and The Improv (New York and Los Angeles). She also wrote and performed her own material on The Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show, and The Mike Douglas Show.
She has also worked in radio and TV voiceovers and performed on camera in over 200 TV
commercials, winning the coveted Clio Award three times for her comedic work on camera.
Recalling her long career in the profession, Mary Rose remembers, I have no idea how or why I became an actress, but one day my brother came to visit me in New York and thought I seemed unhappy. He asked me what I would be if I had a choice, a dream. Without batting an eye I answered, I want to be an actress. He advised me to find out what it would take to be an actress and then do anything I had to do, even if it meant scrubbing toilets.
Well, as I found out, getting a job in acting is far more difficult than scrubbing toilets. It took forever to get my first speaking part, but once that happened I was hooked and the search for a part, that unquenchable search, became a part of me.
Finding Your Best Angle
by Mary Rose Betten
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