Molly Ann Beitner was a judge by profession who is primarily identified for being the proud mother of renowned American actress Selma Blair. Having appeared in a number of films and television shows throughout her over 30 years of an acting career, she gained ubiquity when she appeared in the 1999 drama “Cruel Intentions”.
Selma is known for her powerful performance in the film Hellboy (2004) and its sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), which took her to stand in the line of international stars.
Her lead role in the film Brown’s Requiem (1998), led her to climb the ladder of success. The WB sitcom “Zoe, Duncan, Jack, and Jane” (1999–2000) proved to be a turning point for her career in which she starred as Zoe Bean. She also appeared in comic roles in Legally Blonde (2001) and The Sweetest Thing (2002).
She was featured twice on the cover of the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue; as one of “Hollywood’s Next Wave of Stars.
Molly Ann Beitner’s Family Background
Born on January 25, 1938, in Philadelphia, Molly graduated from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law. She worked as a lawyer for five decades. Molly was married to a lawyer Elliot Beitnera, with whom she had four children including Katherine Beitner, Marie Beitner, Elizabeth Beitner, and Selma. Molly died at the age of 82 in May 2020, in Plymouth, Michigan.
Molly’s youngest daughter Selma Blair was born Selma Blair Beitner in Southfield, Michigan, Detroit on June 23, 1972. Molly’s husband Elliot I. Beitner was an attorney, active in the U.S. Democratic Party, and labor arbitrator. Elliot died in 2012 at the age of 82. Molly divorced Elliot when Selma was 23. Semla was raised by her mother with her three older sisters.
Selma went to New York University (NYU) and took acting classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory, the Column Theatre. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1994 she returned to New York City to pursue a career in acting. Selma was married to Ahmet Zappa, an American musician, and writer, from January 2004 to 27 November 2006.
Molly Ann Beitner’s Career
Being one of the most versatile actresses, she won a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for narrating the audiobook The Diary of Anne Frank in 2010. She won a Movieline’s Young Hollywood Award in the “Exciting New Face – Female Category” in 2000.
Debuting in television, Selma appeared in Kath & Kim (2008–2009), sitcom Anger Management (2012–2014), and the first season of the FX drama series American Crime Story (2016).
Storytelling (2001), A Guy Thing (2003), A Dirty Shame (2004), The Fog (2005), Feast of Love (2007), The Poker House (2008), Dark Horse (2011), In Their Skin (2012), Ordinary World (2016), Mothers and Daughters (2016), Mom and Dad (2017), After (2019) and A Dark Foe (2020) are the prominent films that she worked in during her widely acclaimed acting career.
Molly Ann Beitner’s Family Net Worth
Molly reportedly raised a net worth of $600,000 from her career as a lawyer. Molly’s daughter Selma managed to build a wealth of $6 million. Selma and her ex-husband bought a 1920s-era home for $1.35 million in 2004 in Los Angeles. She paid $1.3 million to buy a home in West Hollywood, California, which she sold for $1.7 million in 2012.
Having been active in many social works, she received the Universal Smile Award at “The Smile Gala La 2015” in October 2015. She was also named one of the Silence Breakers on “2017 Time Person of the Year”, and received the Equity in Entertainment Award at the Power 100 Women ceremony in December 2021.