Stage actress and singer who’s made quite a name for herself in her later years, drawing rave reviews for starring in Sunset Boulevard
and winning a Tony
for playing Grizabella
. (Grizabella’s the one who sings “Memory
Probably better known to thirtysomething Everythingers as Abby, the stepmom, in Eight Is Enough, where she replace actress Diana Hyland, who died in real life. She also has a recurring role as Suzanne Fitzgerald on the HBO series, Oz.
In 1976, Buckley appeared in the movie Carrie as the girls’ gym teacher. When they made a musical version of Carrie in 1988, she was tapped to take a starring role as Carrie’s mother. This is not the highlight of her career.