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Bettis on the set of the music video for Califone's Movie Music Kills A Kiss (2013)
Angela Marie Bettis

(1973-01-09) January 9, 1973 (age 50)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present

Angela Marie Bettis (born January 9, 1973) is an American actress, film producer, and director. Following her breakthrough role as Janet Webber in the drama film Girl, Interrupted (1999), she earned acclaim for her portrayals of Carrietta White in the television film Carrie (2002) and the titular character in the psychological horror film May (2002). For May, she won the Brussels International Festival Award for Best Actress, the Catalan International Film Festival Award for Best Actress and the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress. She went on to play Belle Cleek in the horror film The Woman (2011) and Mandy in the black comedy film 12 Hour Shift (2020). For 12 Hour Shift, she earned a nomination for the Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Horror Movie.

In addition to her work in film, Bettis also starred in two Broadway productions: The Father in 1996 with Frank Langella and as Abigail Williams in a 2002 revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible alongside Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.

Life and career

Her debut role was a lead in the romantic tragedy, Sparrow, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, at the age of 18. She later went on to star in a film called The Last Best Sunday, before supporting Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted and Kim Basinger in Bless the Child.

In 2002, she starred as Abigail Williams in a production of The Crucible on Broadway alongside Laura Linney and Liam Neeson. Bettis is most famous for her work in independent horror films, and especially her working relationship with writer/director Lucky McKee. Her title role in McKee's 2002 film May won her something of a cult following. Since then, she has appeared in McKee's Masters of Horror episode "Sick Girl" and provided a voice-over for his film The Woods. In 2006, their May roles reversed, when McKee acted for Bettis in her directorial debut, Roman, based on a McKee script. In 2011, she played a major role in McKee's adaptation of Jack Ketchum's The Woman.

Bettis starred as Carrietta White in Carrie, a made-for-TV remake of Brian De Palma's 1976 classic, in which her performance was singled out for praise. Linda Stasi of the New York Post was positively surprised by her performance and stated that Bettis should win an Emmy for her acting. Ron Wertheimer, who wrote for The New York Times, said that Bettis expressed the character's emotions well, and lamented that the film "affords Ms. Bettis few opportunities for such genuine acting".

She headlined Tobe Hooper's Toolbox Murders, an in-name-only remake of an obscure 1970s horror film.

She also starred in the crime thriller Scar. She had a guest role on the TV show Dexter's fifth season as Emily Birch, the first victim of Jordan Chase.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Sparrow Maria Original title: Storia di una capinera
1999 The Last Best Sunday Lolly Ann Summers
1999 Girl, Interrupted Janet Webber
2000 Bless the Child Jenna O'Connor
2001 Perfume Wilemina
2001 Vallen Caitlin
2002 People Are Dead Angela the Broadway actress Also producer
2002 May May Dove Canady
2002 Coastlines Effie Bender
2003 Hollywould Holly Short film, also producer
2004 Toolbox Murders Nell Barrows
2004 Love Rome Mary
2005 The Circle Jay
2005 Last Days of America America the Woman Short film, also producer
2006 The Woods Voice in the Woods Voice
2006 Roman Elixer Bluff Acting Troup Voice, also director
2007 When Is Tomorrow Rachel Also producer
2007 Scar Joan Burrows
2008 Wicked Lake The Mother
2008 Blue Like You Red Short film
2010 Drones Amy
2010 All My Friends Are Funeral Singers Zel
2010 My Alien Mother Mother Also producer
2011 The Woman Belle Cleek
2011 Legs Jen Also producer
2012 Sinister Fran Scenes deleted
2017 Our Little Secret Toni
2020 12 Hour Shift Mandy
2021 Ghosts of the Ozarks Lucille
2021 The Weird Kidz Duana
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Touched by an Angel Laura Episode: "Beautiful Dreamer"
1998 Legacy Jenna Episode: "Brother Love"
1999 Sliders Jill Episode: "New Gods for Old"
2001 The Flamingo Rising Alice King Television film
2001 The Ponder Heart Bonnie Dee Peacock Television film
2002 Carrie Carrie White Television film
2006 Masters of Horror Ida Teeter Episode: "Sick Girl"
2009 House Susan Episode: "Broken"
2010 Dexter Emily Birch Episodes: "Hop a Freighter", "In the Beginning"
2010–2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Rosalind Johnson Episodes: "Fracked", "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead"
2013 Criminal Minds Tess Mynock Episode: "Alchemy"
2013 Twisted Tales Lidia Web series, Segment: "Shockwave"
2015 Dig Fay Miniseries
2017 Arkansas Traveler Myrtle Web series
Year Title Notes
2001 Lovindapocalypse Video documentary
2002 People Are Dead Also actress
2002 Lovindapocalypse 2 Video documentary
2003 Hollywould Short film, also actress
2003 Lovindapocalypse 3 Video documentary
2005 Last Days of America Short film, also actress
2007 When Is Tomorrow Also actress
2011 Legs Also actress
Year Title Notes
2006 Roman Also actress
2012 The ABCs of Death Segment: "E Is for Exterminate"

See also

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