Betty Lou Keim

Betty Lou Keim (September 27, 1938 – January 27, 2010) was an American film and television actress.

Betty Lou Keim
Born(1938-09-27)September 27, 1938
DiedJanuary 27, 2010(2010-01-27) (aged 71)
Years active1949-1960
Warren Berlinger
(m. 1960; her death 2010)

Early life and career

Keim was born in Malden, Massachusetts as the daughter of a choreographer and a dancer, and she grew up in New York from the age of five.[1] She started getting dance lessons from her father at the age of six and later also took voice lessons. Her stage debut followed at age seven, under the direction of José Ferrer in Strange Fruit. After several stage parts, she debuted on Broadway, and she became most remembered for playing a mean-spirited girl in the play A Roomful of Roses in 1956.[1]

By this time, Keim had already acted on television, guest starring in numerous TV series. In 1953, she landed a co-starring role in the short-lived sitcom My Son Jeep.[2]

Three years later, she made her film debut with a role alongside Barbara Stanwyck and James Cagney in These Wilder Years. The same year, she repeated her A Roomful of Roses role in its movie adaptation Teenage Rebel, as Ginger Rogers' daughter. In 1957, she had a supporting role in 20th Century Fox's, The Wayward Bus. The following year, she appeared in Some Came Running. When not acting, Keim attended the Lodge Tutoring School.[1] Her final acting experience was on The Deputy, in which she starred as Fran McCord from 1959–60.

Personal life

Keim retired from acting in 1960 after marrying actor Warren Berlinger, with whom she had four children. She died at her home in Chatsworth, California, aged 71, from lung cancer.[3]


  1. Preuss, Lucile (January 1, 1956). "Teen Ager on Broadway Finds Roses on Her Path". The Milwaukee Journal. p. 10.
  2. "Lives Remembered". The Daily Telegraph. February 10, 2010.
  3. "Actress Known for Rebel Roles". Los Angeles Times. February 24, 2010.
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