Betty Thomas - Biography
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Nom de naissance : Betty Thomas Nienhauser
Biography for Betty Thomas
Big-boned blonde Betty Thomas was born July 27, 1948, in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating from Ohio University with a BA in fine arts. Initially sidetracked, Betty first taught school in Chicago but found herself restricted and needing more of an open forum for self-expression than a classroom. She found herself drawn inextricably to comedy. After toiling as a waitress, she became part of the Second City improvisational troupe where she made use of her towering (6'1") imposing features in aggressive routines and sketches. True to form, she made her film debut in the sketch satire Tunnel Vision (1976) which parodied TV programming. The movie is lesser known today for its satirical bite and more for its exceptional cast of up-and-coming comedy artists at the time including Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Gerrit Graham, Howard Hesseman, and the team of Al Franken and Tom Davis. Other innocuous comedies/spoofs followed such as Chesty Anderson, USN (1976), Used Cars (1980) and Loose Shoes (1980) which, at the very least, helped to bulk up her comedy resume. She also appeared as a regular on "The Fun Factory" (1976), which was three parts quiz show, silly sketches and audience participation.
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