Dressed to Kill (1980 film)
Dressed to Kill is a 1980 American erotic thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma and starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon. It centers on the murder of a housewife and an investigation involving a young sex worker who witnessed the murder, the victim’s teenaged son, her psychiatrist; the original music score is composed by Pino Donaggio. Kate Miller is a sexually frustrated housewife, in therapy with New York City psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott. During an appointment, Kate attempts to seduce him. Kate goes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she has an unexpected flirtation with a mysterious stranger. Kate and the stranger stalk each other through the museum until they wind up outside, where Kate joins him in a taxi, they begin to continue at his apartment. Hours Kate awakens and decides to discreetly leave while the man, Warren Lockman, is asleep. Kate sits at his desk to leave him a note and finds a document indicating that Warren has contracted a sexually transmitted disease.
Mortified, she leaves the apartment. In her haste, she has left her wedding ring on the nightstand, so she returns to retrieve it; the elevator doors open on the figure of a tall, blond woman in dark sunglasses wielding a straight razor. Kate is violently slashed to death in the elevator. A high-priced call girl, Liz Blake, happens upon the body, she catches a glimpse of the killer, therefore becoming both the prime suspect and the killer's next target. Dr. Elliott receives a bizarre message on a transsexual patient. Bobbi taunts the psychiatrist for breaking off their therapy sessions because Elliott refuses to sign the necessary papers for Bobbi to get sex-reassignment surgery. Elliott tries to convince Dr. Levy, the patient's new doctor, that Bobbi is a danger to herself and others. Police Detective Marino is skeptical about Liz's story because of her profession, so Liz joins forces with Kate's revenge-minded son Peter to find the killer. Peter, an inventor, uses a series of homemade listening devices and time-lapse cameras to track patients leaving Elliott's office.
They catch Bobbi on camera, soon Liz is being stalked by a tall blonde in sunglasses. Several attempts are subsequently made on Liz's life. One, in the New York City Subway, is thwarted by Peter. Liz and Peter scheme to learn Bobbi's birth name by getting inside Dr. Elliott's office. Liz baits the therapist by stripping to lingerie and coming on to him, distracting him long enough to make a brief exit and leaf through his appointment book. Peter is watching through the window; when Liz returns, a blonde with a razor confronts her. The blonde who shot Bobbi is a female police officer, revealing herself to be the blonde, trailing Liz. Elliott is arrested and placed in an insane asylum. Dr. Levy explains to Liz that Elliott wanted to be a woman, but his male side would not allow him to go through with the operation. Whenever a woman sexually aroused Elliott, representing the unstable, female side of the doctor's personality, became threatened to the point that it became murderous; when Dr. Levy realized this through his last conversation with Elliott, he called the police on the spot, who with his help, did their duty.
In a final sequence, Elliott escapes from the asylum and slashes Liz's throat in a bloody act of vengeance. She wakes up Peter rushing to her side, realizing that it was just a dream. Michael Caine as Dr. Robert Elliott Angie Dickinson as Kate Miller Nancy Allen as Liz Blake Keith Gordon as Peter Miller Dennis Franz as Detective Marino David Margulies as Dr. Levy Ken Baker as Warren Lockman Susanna Clemm as Betty Luce Brandon Maggart as Cleveland Sam William Finley as the voice of Bobbi The nude body in the opening scene, taking place in a shower, was not that of Angie Dickinson, but of 1977 Penthouse Pet of the Year model Victoria Lynn Johnson. De Palma wanted Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann to play Kate Miller, but she declined because of the violence; the role went to Angie Dickinson. Sean Connery was offered the role of Robert Elliot and was enthusiastic about it, but declined on account of previous commitments. Connery would work with De Palma on The Untouchables. De Palma called the elevator killing the best murder scene he has done.
Two versions of the film exist in an R-rated version and an unrated version. The unrated version is around 30 seconds longer and shows more pubic hair in the shower scene, more blood in the elevator scene, some sexier dialogue from Liz during the scene in Elliott's office; these scenes were trimmed when the MPAA gave the film an "X" rating. Dressed to Kill holds an 84% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 44 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The consensus states, "With arresting visuals and an engrossingly lurid mystery, Dressed to Kill stylishly encapsulates writer-director Brian De Palma's signature strengths."Roger Ebert awarded the film three stars out of four, stating "the museum sequence is brilliant" and adding: "Dressed to Kill is an exercise in style, not narrative. Gene Siskel gave it three stars out of four, writing that there were scenes "that are as exciting and as stylish
Life of the Party (2018 film)
Life of the Party is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone and written by Falcone and Melissa McCarthy. It is the third film co-written by the pair, following Tammy and The Boss; the film, starring McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Gillian Jacobs, Jessie Ennis, Adria Arjona, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, Debby Ryan, with Stephen Root and Jacki Weaver, follows a newly divorced mother who returns to college to complete her degree, ends up bonding with her daughter's friends. Produced by On the Day Productions and New Line Cinema, the film was released on May 11, 2018, by Warner Bros. Pictures. After dropping off their 22-year-old daughter Maddie to her senior year at Decatur University in Atlanta, Dan tells Deanna that he wants a divorce because he has fallen in love with another woman, realtor Marcie. Heartbroken, Deanna visits her parents Mike and Sandy to tell them what happened, with Mike furiously denouncing Dan for making Deanna drop out of college in her final year because she was pregnant, as well as his overbearing ways during their marriage.
Deanna visits Maddie to tell the news and about her plans to enroll at Decatur University to finish her degree in Archaeology. Maddie is supportive, she introduces Deanna to her sorority friends Amanda, neurotic Debbie, Helen. Deanna meets her agoraphobic and chronically depressed roommate Leonor. On the first day of school, she meets demeaning girls Trina, who mock Deanna's age. Deanna, supported by good friend Christine, joins Dan, supported by Marcie, at a mediation session to prepare their divorce papers. Marcie intends to sell their house without Deanna’s approval. Maddie and her friends take Deanna to a frat party, where she meets a student named Jack, a friend of Maddie’s boyfriend, Tyler; the next morning mother and daughter catch each other leaving the bedrooms of their respective guys. Jack has fallen for Deanna, they have sex again in the stacks at the library. Another night, they attend an 80's-themed party where Deanna has a dance-off with Jennifer, resulting in earning the respect of her schoolmates.
She has become both “one of the girls” but a trusted mentor to Maddie’s sorority sisters, who make her an honorary sister. Deanna is doing great in her classes, until she has a midterm exam that requires an oral presentation, her stage fright causes her to collapse part way through. While Deanna is at restaurant with Christine and Frank, another couple from their group of friends and Marcie unexpectedly show up, declaring they are getting married. Jack turns out to be Marcie's son and knowing about Deanna sleeping with Jack, Marcie walks out in disgust. While Maddie attends Dan and Marcie's wedding and her student friends unknowingly get high from chocolate bark laced with marijuana, they head to the reception, where they start wrecking the wedding hall. Dan and Maddie find them and Marcie tells Deanna she is cut off financially from Dan. Deanna tries to make amends with Maddie, tells her that she is leaving college since she has no means of paying the rest of her tuition; the girls decide to throw a party to raise the money.
No one shows up as they are at a Christina Aguilera concert, so Helen posts a Twitter message claiming Aguilera will be at the party after her show. Christine and Frank attend, along with Sandy. Mike offers to give Deanna a 401K check to pay her tuition; the party is soon filled with people expecting Aguilera, when a suspicious Jennifer confronts Helen, telling her that if Aguilera doesn't show up in three seconds, Jennifer will put Helen in another coma. The two girls engage in a serious fist fight until Deanna intervenes, telling them that girls should support each other and behave like friends. Aguilera arrives and puts on a show with Deanna and the girls to an excited crowd. Deanna still needs to complete her presentation in class, she is nervous until Maddie, Amanda and all the sorority sisters show up to support her, Deanna manages to give the presentation with ease. At the end of the year and Maddie graduate together, with all their friends and family there to support them. Maddie encourages Deanna to throw her cap in the air.
She does so, it hits Dan in the face. Melissa McCarthy as Deanna "Dee Rock" Miles Molly Gordon as Maddie Miles and Deanna's daughter. Gillian Jacobs as Helen, a sorority sister, older than the rest due to having been in a coma for eight years. Jessie Ennis as Debbie, a sorority sister with "issues". Adria Arjona as Amanda, another sorority sister with "issues". Maya Rudolph as Christine Davenport, Deanna's heavy drinking best friend. Julie Bowen as Marcie Strong, a real estate agent, Deanna's nemesis and Dan's lover. Matt Walsh as Daniel "Dan" Miles, Deanna's ex-husband and Maddie's father. Debby Ryan as Jennifer, a "mean girl" in Deanna's archaeology class. Stephen Root as Deanna's father and Maddie's grandfather. Jacki Weaver as Sandy Cook, Deanna's mother and Maddie's grandmother. Luke Benward as Jack Strong, a frat boy infatuated with Deanna. Heidi Gardner as Leonor, Deanna's reclusive Goth roommate. Jimmy O. Yang as Tyler, Maddie's boyfriend and Jack's friend. Chris Parnell as Mr. Truzack, Deanna's professor and former classmate.
Yani Smone as Trina, Jennifer's snarky sidekick. Damon Jones as Frank Davenport, Christine's husband. Ben Falcone as Dale, the Uber driver. Nat Faxon as Lance Sarah Baker as Gildred Karen Maruyama as Mediator Steve Mallory as Bill Courtney Patterson as Amy Steve Falcone as Older Man #1 / Vince Michael D. McCarthy as Older Man #2 / Dennis Christina Aguilera a
Morgan Fairchild is an American actress. She achieved prominence during the late 1970s and early 1980s with continuing roles in several television series, in which she conveyed a glamorous image. Fairchild began her career on the CBS daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow as Jennifer Pace from 1973 to 1977. In 1978, she appeared on the primetime soap opera Dallas as the first actress to portray Jenna Wade, before taking a lead role on the NBC series Flamingo Road in 1980. In 1984, she co-starred on ABC's short-lived television drama Paper Dolls, appeared on Falcon Crest as attorney Jordan Roberts from 1985 to 1986. Fairchild has performed in theater and played guest roles on television comedies, including Murphy Brown, Roseanne and Friends, she is a board member of SAG-AFTRA. Fairchild was born Patsy Ann McClenny in Dallas, the daughter of Martha Jane, a high school English teacher who taught at Richardson High School, Edward Milton McClenny. Fairchild has a younger sister, Cathryn Hartt, an actress.
As a younger child, she was seen on WFAA's Mr. Peppermint Show with host Jerry Haynes. In her teens she was in the audience on WFAA's Else bandstand show, she auditioned three times to be in The Little Group, the show's dance group. During this time, she appeared in several locally broadcast commercials on Dallas-Fort Worth television stations; as a child, she suffered a bout of scarlet fever, which left her deaf. Fairchild's first acting job was as a double for Faye Dunaway during filming for the film Bonnie and Clyde in scenes where Bonnie is supposed to be driving a car, because Dunaway couldn’t drive a stick shift, she took her new first name, from the David Warner film Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment. Fairchild moved to New York City, where she secured her first credited onscreen role as the maniacal Jennifer Pace in the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow from 1973 until 1977. From the mid-1970s, she began to make various appearances on episodic primetime television series such as Kojak, Happy Days, Police Woman, a few episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater.
Fairchild played Jenna Wade in the soap opera Dallas for one episode in 1978. The character was brought back, played by Francine Tacker in 1980, as a regular character played by Priscilla Presley from 1983 to 1988. In 1978, Fairchild made the television film The Initiation of Sarah and had a recurring role on the sitcom Mork & Mindy. In 1980, she scored her first regular primetime role as Constance Weldon Carlyle on the soap opera Flamingo Road. Though the series had an impressive beginning, the ratings soon dropped and it was cancelled after two seasons. Fairchild was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role. After the cancellation of Flamingo Road, Fairchild continued to make guest appearances in a variety of episodic television series such as Hotel, Simon & Simon, Magnum, P. I. and The Love Boat. She starred in the theatrical film The Seduction. In 1984, along with Joan Collins, she co-hosted the ABC-TV special Blondes vs. Brunettes, a one-hour variety show that poked fun at popular culture's blonde vs. brunette rivalry.
In that same year, she co-starred in another primetime soap opera Paper Dolls playing modelling agency owner Racine. The series was cancelled halfway through its first season, but by this time, Fairchild was established as a television actress. In 1985, she joined the cast of the soap opera Falcon Crest, playing the glamorous lawyer Jordan Roberts for a season, she appeared in the miniseries North and South, its sequel. In 1985, Jon Lovitz on Saturday Night Live created the "Tommy Flanagan, The Pathological Liar" character who claimed outlandish achievements for himself, culminating in the grand illusion that his wife was Morgan Fairchild; the obvious remoteness of such a possibility, its mainstream comic appeal, was testimonial to the broad popularity and desirability of Fairchild at the time. Fairchild continued to make appearances in films and television series throughout the 1980s, garnered an Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearance in a 1989 episode of Murphy Brown. In the early 1990s, she was cast in a recurring role in Roseanne, as Sandra Bernhard's bisexual girlfriend Marla.
In 1994, Fairchild appeared in an unexpectedly campy advertisement campaign for clothing retailer Old Navy, with Joan Collins and other familiar faces on television. Her reprised role as the over-the-top glamour vixen was so successful that the company created numerous sequels around her persona. In 1995, Fairchild returned to daytime soap operas as the catty Sydney Chase on The City, she played the role for a year. She made guest appearances on the hit sitcom Friends and was a recurring guest star on the sitcom Cybill as Andrea, a rival of Cybill Shepherd's character. Through the years, Fairchild has appeared in various theater productions. More she starred in the role of Mrs. Robinson in the stage adaptation of the film The Graduate, she fronted an international advertising campaign for the consumer tooth whitening product Dental White. In 2005, Fairchild appeared in the competition reality show, But Can They Sing? on VH1. In 2006, she was cast in yet another of her "rich bitch" roles in the MyNetworkTV series Fashion House, playing Sophia Blakely, a rival to Bo Derek's character, Maria Gianni.
The First Deadly Sin
The First Deadly Sin is a 1980 American crime mystery thriller film produced by and starring Frank Sinatra. The film features Faye Dunaway, David Dukes, Brenda Vaccaro, James Whitmore, Martin Gabel in his final role; the movie is based on the 1973 novel of the same name written by Lawrence Sanders. The screenplay was written by Mann Rubin; the film was slated to be directed by Roman Polanski, dropped by Columbia Pictures after statutory rape charges were brought against him. Director Brian G. Hutton took over the production; the last of nine films produced by Sinatra, his final starring role, he plays a troubled New York City homicide cop, Captain Edward X. Delaney. In a small role, Dunaway is the detective's ailing wife, hospitalized during the entire story with a rare kidney affliction. Bruce Willis makes his film debut as an extra walking past Sinatra in a restaurant, although he's unrecognizable due to a hat that covers his eyes; the First Deadly Sin was the third production by Sinatra's Artanis production company and was shot on location in New York City.
It premiered on October 23, 1980, at Loew's State Theatre in Times Square as part of a benefit for the Mother Cabrini Medical Center. The musical score was by composer and arranger Gordon Jenkins, who had first worked with Sinatra on the 1957 album "Where Are You?" The film opens outside Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on West 81st Street in Manhattan. A man is viciously attacked by another man wielding an ice axe; the attack is intercut with graphic closeups of a woman undergoing surgery. The NYPD arrive to process the scene; the coroner, Dr. Ferguson, shows Detective Edward Delaney that the fatal wound on the skull was made with a round object. Meanwhile, the 20th Precinct receives news that Delaney's wife Barbara is recovering from emergency surgery; the information is relayed to Delaney at the scene, he rushes to the hospital. Barbara's surgeon, Dr. Bernardi, explains that complications from her kidney stones forced him to remove the organ. Over the course of the film, Barbara's condition worsens, Delaney harbors deep suspicions that Bernardi is incompetent.
The murder on 81st Street is a kind of solace for Delaney. Much to his colleagues' surprise, he throws himself into the case, despite constant admonitions from his friends and supervisors that the NYPD's priorities are elsewhere. One of his first visits is to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he consults with Arms and Armor curator Christopher Langley about the type of weapon that could make such a unique wound; the elderly Langley is thrilled to have such a unique problem to solve, he devotes a great deal of time to research. The angle of entry and the spherical nature of the wound rule out most of the weapons familiar to Langley, he decides the weapon must have been some kind of tool, he visits a hardware store, where he explicitly asks for the best implement to kill someone with. A bemused clerk helps Langley deduce that the weapon was most an ice axe. Delaney has discovered that a similar attack had occurred on West 79th Street. After consulting with the perpetually harried Ferguson, he discovers that the wound patterns are nearly identical.
As they investigate, they realize that similar attacks have been taking place all over New York City. Langley uses the new information to locate the exact model of ice axe that would cause such injuries. At one sporting goods store, the owner hands over the addresses that he collected from every customer who bought that ice axe; the addresses lead Delaney to the highrise building of Daniel Blank. Blank has been seen intermittently throughout the film cleaning up after his murders; as Delaney closes in on him, Blank attempts one more attack. After striking several blows, his victim escapes only to be hit by a passing car. Delaney's investigation of Blank confirms. Delaney realizes that his chances of arresting and obtaining a murder conviction against Blank are slim due to Blank's wealth and high social position in the city. Before going to confront Blank in his luxury apartment Delaney gets a Luger nine millimeter pistol from a closet in his home, it is a souvenir. Delaney finds Blank curled up in a closet in a disturbed state.
He confesses to his crimes before composing himself. Blank brags about how respectable and well-connected he is, he guarantees that he will get away with his crime, he confidently goes to the phone to report Delaney for entering. Delaney shoots Blank in the head with the Luger pistol as Blank is speaking with the police operator on the telephone. Delaney goes to his office at the police precinct station house and retires from the police department; as he is leaving the station house the desk sergeant tells him of the discovery of Blank's body and asks him if he want to respond to the call. Delaney informs the sergeant; the final scene shows Delaney reading to his wife in the hospital. He cries. Frank Sinatra as Edward X. Delaney Faye Dunaway as Barbara Delaney David Dukes as Daniel Blank James Whitmore as Dr. Ferguson Brenda Vaccaro as Monica Gilbert Martin Gabel as Christopher Langley Anthony Zerbe as Captain Broughton George Coe as Dr. Bernardi Joe Spinell as Charles Lipsky Jeffrey DeMunn as Sergeant Correlli Bruce Willis as Man Entering Diner Nicholas Rue as Sin The First Deadly Sin failed to make much of an impression at the box office, while some critics were left cold by a slow-burning picture that tried to focus more on character and plot without succumbing to action scenes
Barbara Joan "Barbra" Streisand is an American singer and filmmaker. In a career spanning six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment and has been recognized with two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, four Peabody Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, nine Golden Globes, she is among a small group of entertainers who have been honored with an Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award – though only three were competitive awards – and is one of only two artists in that group who have won a Peabody. After beginning a successful recording career in the 1960s, Streisand ventured into film by the end of that decade, she starred in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl, for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Her other films include The Owl and the Pussycat, The Way We Were, A Star Is Born, for which she received her second Academy Award, composing music for the love theme "Evergreen", the first woman to be honored as a composer.
With the release of Yentl in 1983, Streisand became the first woman to write, produce and star in a major studio film. The film won an Oscar for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical. Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with more than 68.5 million albums in the U. S. and with a total of 150 million albums and singles sold worldwide making her the best-selling female artist among top-selling artists recognized by the Recording Industry Association of America. The RIAA and Billboard recognize Streisand as holding the record for the most top 10 albums of any female recording artist: a total of 34 since 1963. According to Billboard, Streisand holds the record for the female with the most number one albums. Billboard recognizes Streisand as the greatest female of all time on its Billboard 200 chart and one of the greatest artists of all time on its Hot 100 chart. Streisand is the only recording artist to have a number-one album in each of the last six decades, having released 53 gold albums, 31 platinum albums, 14 multi-platinum albums in the United States.
Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Diana and Emanuel Streisand. Her mother had been a soprano singer in her youth and considered a career in music, but became a school secretary, her father was a high school teacher at the same school. Streisand's family was Jewish, her father earned a master's degree from City College of New York in 1928 and was considered athletic and handsome. As a student, he spent his summers outdoors, once working as a lifeguard and another hitchhiking through Canada. "He'd try anything," his sister Molly said. "He wasn't afraid of anything." He married Ida in 1930, two years after graduating, became a respected educator with a focus on helping underprivileged and delinquent youth. In August 1943, a few months after Streisand's first birthday, her father died at age 34 from complications from an epileptic seizure the result of a head injury years earlier; the family fell with her mother working as a low-paid bookkeeper. As an adult, Streisand remembered those early years as always feeling like an "outcast," explaining, "Everybody else's father came home from work at the end of the day.
Mine didn't." Her mother tried to pay their bills but could not give her daughter the attention she craved: "When I wanted love from my mother, she gave me food," Streisand says. Streisand recalls that her mother had a "great voice" and sang semi-professionally on occasion, in her operatic soprano voice. During a visit to the Catskills when Streisand was 13, she told Rosie O'Donnell and her mother recorded some songs on tape; that session was the first time Streisand asserted herself as an artist, which became her "first moment of inspiration" as an artist. She has an older brother, a half-sister, the singer Roslyn Kind, from her mother's remarriage to Louis Kind in 1949. Roslyn is nine years younger than Streisand. Streisand began her education at the Jewish Orthodox Yeshiva of Brooklyn. There, she was considered to be bright and inquisitive about everything, she next entered Public School 89 in Brooklyn, during those early school years began watching television and going to movies. Watching the glamorous stars on the screen, she was soon entranced by acting and now hoped someday to become an actress as a means of escape: "I always wanted to be somebody, to be famous...
You know, get out of Brooklyn."Streisand became known by others in the neighborhood for her voice. With the other kids she remembers sitting on the stoop in front of their apartment building and singing: "I was considered the girl on the block with the good voice." That talent became a way for her to gain attention. She would practice her singing in the hallway of her apartment building which gave her voice an echoing quality, she made her singing debut at a PTA assembly, where she became a hit to everyone but her mother, critical of her daughter. Young Streisand was invited to sing at weddings and summer camp, along with having an unsuccessful audition at MGM records when she was nine. By the
Linda Denise Blair is an American actress. Blair played the possessed child, Regan, in the film The Exorcist, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe, she reprised her role in Exorcist II: The Heretic. Blair would go on to star in numerous controversial dramatic television films, such as Born Innocent and Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic before establishing herself as a sex symbol in the musical Roller Boogie in 1979. The 1980s saw Blair starring in numerous exploitation and horror films, such as the slasher film Hell Night, the prison drama Chained Heat, the Grindhouse cult thriller Savage Streets. Throughout the 1990s, Blair appeared in various independent films and B movies, as well as several television credits: From 2001 to 2003, she was the host of the Fox Family reality series Scariest Places on Earth, in 2006 had a guest role on the series Supernatural, she appeared as herself on the Animal Planet series Pit Boss from 2010 to 2012. In addition to her acting credits, Blair has publicly supported various charitable causes animal rights.
In 2004, she founded the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, which serves to rehabilitate and adopt rescue animals. The youngest of three children, Blair was born January 22, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri, to James Frederick and Elinore Blair, she has an older sister, an older brother, Jim. When Blair was two years old, her father, a Navy test pilot-turned-executive recruiter, took a job in New York City, the family relocated to Westport, Connecticut, her mother worked as a real estate agent in Westport. She formally began her career as a child model at age five, appearing in Sears, J. C. Penney, Macy's catalogues, in over 70 commercials for Welch's grape jams and various other companies. Blair secured a contract at age six for a series of print ads in The New York Times. From the age of six onward, Blair began becoming a trained equestrian. Blair started acting with a regular role on the short-lived Hidden Faces daytime soap opera, her first theatrical film appearance was in The Way We Live Now, followed by a bit part in the comedy The Sporting Club.
In 1972, Blair was selected from a field of 600 applicants for her most notable role as Regan, the possessed daughter of a famous actress, in William Friedkin's The Exorcist. The role earned her a Golden Globe and People's Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Film critic and historian Mark Clark notes that in her performance, "Blair matches Ellen Burstyn note-for-note." Despite the film's critical successes, Blair received media scrutiny for her role in the film, deemed by some as "blasphemous," and Blair has said the film had significant impact on her life and career. After the film's premiere in December 1973, some reporters speculated about Blair's mental state, suggesting the filming process had resulted in her having a mental breakdown, which Blair denied, she would receive anonymous death threats. To combat the rumors and media speculation surrounding her, Warner Bros. sent the then-14-year-old Blair on an international press tour in hopes of demonstrating that she was "just a normal teenager."After the Exorcist press tour concluded, Blair starred opposite Kim Hunter in the wildly controversial television film Born Innocent, in which she plays a runaway teenager, sexually abused.
The film was criticized by the National Organization for Women, the New York Rape Coalition, numerous gay and lesbian rights organizations for its depiction of female-on-female sexual abuse. After filming Born Innocent, Blair had a supporting part as a teenaged kidney transplant patient in the disaster film Airport 1975, critically panned, but a success at the box office. A steady series of job offers led Blair to relocate to Los Angeles in 1975, where she lived with her older sister, Debbie. Between 1975 and 1978, she would have lead roles in numerous television films: Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic, as a teenager who becomes addicted to alcohol. In 1977, Blair reprised her role as Regan in the Exorcist sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic, garnering a Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress of 1978; the film was a critical and commercial failure, at the time was the most expensive film made by Warner Bros. studios. After filming Exorcist II: The Heretic, Blair took a year off from acting and competed in national equestrian circuits under the pseudonym Martha McDonald.
In 1978, she made a return to acting in the Wes Craven-directed television horror film Stranger in Our House, based on the novel by Lois Duncan. and with the lead role in the Canadian production Wild Horse Hank, in which she utilized her equestrian skills to play a college student saving wild horses from ranchers. Blair's career took a new turn in 1979 with her starring role in the musical drama Roller Boogie, which established her as a sex symbol; the following year, she co-starred with Dirk Benedict in Ruckus, playing a young woman who helps a maligned Vietnam veteran evade antagonistic locals in a small town. She starred in a number of successful low-budget horror and exploitation films throughout much of the 1980s: She starred opposite Peter Barton in the slas