Date of Birth : Sep 7th 1948
Blakely first arrived in Hollywood in the early 1970s as a highly paid fashion model and then branched off into acting. Blakely’s first major role was as Patty Simmons in the classic disaster movie The Towering Inferno. She received recognition for her role in the 1974 film The Lords of Flatbush, played the role of Iris Crawford in the 1975 gangster biopic Capone opposite Ben Gazzara, and then gained wide popularity with her starring role in the 1976 television mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man for which she won that year’s Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and an Emmy nomination from the television academy. She also portrayed a reporter named Maggie Whelan in the 1979 film The Concorde: Airport ’79 which, unfortunately, was nothing more than a box office flop, derided by many critics. In 1981, she portrayed Eva Braun opposite Anthony Hopkins (who played Hitler) in the television movie The Bunker.
Many critics believe that Blakely’s best performance was in the title role of Frances Farmer in the 1982 television film based on the autobiography of Farmer, “Will There Really Be A Morning?” for which she was nominated for the third time in the Best Actress category of the Golden Globes. In 2002, Blakely won the Best Actress Award at the California Independent Film Festival for her starring role in the film “Hungry Hearts”.
While continuing her acting she had two guest-star roles last year on CBS’s #1 rated comedy series, Two and a Half Men as Angie in If My Hole Could Talk and Waiting for the Right Snapper in (2008). Blakely has created a jewelry line of her own designs, which has been sold privately but will be made available, in limited pieces, this year on the Internet.