Mostly Credited As: Betty Lou Keim
Date Of Birth: September 27, 1938 (Age 71)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Malden, Massachusetts
Date Of Death: January 27, 2010
Cause Of Death: lung cancer and emphysema
Betty Lou Keim, 71, who made her name in the 1950s playing disaffected teenagers, including Frank Sinatra's rebellious niece in the film "Some Came Running," passed away Jan. 27 at her Chatsworth home. Keim had lung cancer. She was born Sept. 27, 1938, in Malden, Mass., the daughter of choreographer Buster Keim and his wife, Dorothy. At 7, Keim had her legit debut on Broadway in "Strange Fruit" and by 1949 appeared in the Johnny Mercer musical "Texas Li'l Darlin.' " In 1955, she portrayed a daughter in trouble with her divorced mother, played by Patricia Neal, in "A Roomful of Roses." When the Broadway play was made into the film "Teenage Rebel," Keim reprised the role opposite Ginger Rogers. Her role was so convincing that even the film crew hissed and booed her when she appeared on the set. Other pictures include "These Wilder Years" (1956) and "The Wayward Bus" (1957). She made her television debut in "Doorway to Death". Keim was seen on "Armstrong Circle Theater", "Hallmark Hall of Fame", "Phil co Television Playhouse". On TV, she was a teenage daughter, the recurring role of Peggy Allison, in the 1953 sitcom "My Son Jeep" and a regular on the western "The Deputy" from 1959 to 1960.
After marrying fellow actor Warren Berlinger in 1960, Keim retired from acting and raised four children.