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Television Commercial Actresses Have Local Tie



Two women who have had roles in several national television commercials have connections to Archbold.

Mary Roth, 29, and her sister, Betsy Roth-Smith, who will be 31 this month, are the daughters of Virgil Roth, an Archbold native.

Mary has been in advertisements for cars, fast food, cellular telephones, candy, shampoo, and retail stores. She was in a beer ad that aired during the Super Bowl, and appeared in a commercial with a popular country band.

She was part of three commercials that were filmed during April.

Mary also was in several music videos for bands, ranging from country to pop.

Betsy appeared with Mary in an ad for a car insurance company, and has appeared in commercials for a credit card company, supermarket chain, dog food manufacturer, and the City of Las Vegas.


Virgil is the son of the late Kenneth and Florence Roth. Florence, the 1998 Archbold Citizen of the Year, died in October 2012.

After graduating from AHS, he attended Goshen (Ind.) College, then law school at the University of Notre Dame (Ind.).

He moved to California in 1976, and spent 25 years in large firms in Los Angeles before opening his own practice about 10 years ago.

He met his wife Lynn while both were working at the same firm; they married in 1979.

They have four children. Son, Sam, 25, works for an ad agency; their youngest daughter, Ellie, is a high school senior.

Betsy & Mary

Betsy graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, with degrees in theatre and psychology. She and her husband had their first baby in April.

In addition to appearing in television commercials, she started a theatre company in LA, and has appeared in several stage productions.

Mary attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., where she studied fine art, concentrating in painting.

In addition to her work in commercials, she is also a singer-songwriter, writing and performing under the name of HT Heartache.

She follows in her father’s footsteps. He was a church soloist in Ohio, and while in college, recorded an album.

Betsy has appeared in three independent films, and both girls were in a short film directed for Roman Coppola, son of Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola.

Betsy and Mary also have appeared in print ads and magazine covers, but it’s the commercials where they most often appear.

“It’s hard to watch TV for an evening and not see one of the girls,” Lynn said.–David Pugh

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