Blakely as Julie Prescott and Peter Strauss as Rudy Jordache, 1976. Blakely was born in Frankfurt, Germany, the daughter of American parents, Mary Louise, heaven texas susan elizabeth phillips pdf download former art teacher, and Colonel Larry Blakely, a career Army officer.
After she attended University of Texas at El Paso, she moved to New York and studied acting with Warren Robertson, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and later studied with Charles Conrad in Los Angeles. She currently studies with Warner Loughlin. She began a professional modeling career in 1967 at Ford Modeling Agency.
Blakely arrived in Hollywood in the early 1970s, and began appearing in supporting roles in films include Savages, The Way We Were, and The Lords of Flatbush. Her first major role was as Patty Simmons in the 1974 disaster film The Towering Inferno. The following year, she played the female lead roles in films Report to the Commissioner alongside Michael Moriarty, and Capone opposite Ben Gazzara.
Blakely gained wide critical acclaim with her leading role in the 1976 ABC television miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Irwin Shaw. Television Series Drama and earned a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
She earned a second Emmy Award nomination the following year when she reprised her role in Rich Man, Poor Man Book II. During 1980s and 1990s, Blakely played leading roles in many made for television movies.
She portrayed Frances Farmer in the 1982 film based on Farmer’s autobiography, Will There Really Be a Morning? Joan Kennedy in The Ted Kennedy Jr.