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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 March 1933Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameBarbara Anne Hall
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barbara Feldon was born on March 12, 1933 in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA as Barbara Anne Hall. She is an actress, known for Get Smart (1965), Smile (1975) and Get Smart, Again! (1989). She was previously married to Burt Nodella and Lucien Verdoux-Feldon.

Spouse (2)

Burt Nodella (1968 - 1979) (divorced)
Lucien Verdoux-Feldon (22 March 1958 - 21 April 1967) (divorced)

Trivia (19)

Won $64,000 dollars on The $64,000 Question (1955). Category: Shakespeare.
When she started Get Smart (1965), she was already famous, albeit anonymously, for lolling on a tiger skin rug as she purred the praises of Top Brass hair cream.
Graduated from Carnegie-Mellon in 1955.
Hosted a magazine-type syndicated TV show Special Edition (1977).
Wrote a self-help book in 2003 called "Living Alone and Loving It"
She has a sister named Patricia.
She graduated from Bethel Park High School in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.
Likes minimalist interior decoration.
Was nearsighted as a young woman.
Does voiceovers for commercials today, and performed a one-woman show in the '90s.
Pop-art quad-portrait done in 1965 by Andy Warhol.
Feldon's Get Smart (1965) character, Agent 99, was named "most stylish secret agent" at the 2004 TV Land Hall of Fame awards.
Long after Get Smart (1965) had ended its series run in 1970, she enjoyed a very successful TV commercial voice-over career, which lasted well into the 80s.
Best remembered by the public for her starring role as CONTROL agent 99 in Get Smart (1965).
Says that she enjoys writing poetry, studying, and "living."
Though she's still the youngest cast member of Get Smart (1965), most sources claimed she was born in 1941.
In 1968, during the original run of the series, she married Get Smart (1965) producer, Burt Nodella. They divorced in 1979.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
New York City. [February 2005]

Personal Quotes (3)

"There's not a day when somebody doesn't smile and say, 'Oh, you're Agent 99.' I like being in a world that regards me in a friendly way." Interview with Toby Kahn, 1983.
I wish I could say this was a wonderful script.....It was like what I would call mind candy and it just got rid of the best perfectly good 2 hours of your life. (on her part in the film, Let's Switch! (1975).
I was a very loving and good friends with Don Adams in the years after Get Smart (1965) and until he died. We never really bonded during the show except as characters. He was preoccupied with the role. We just thought of ourselves as congenial business colleagues. Yes. There was an extra sweetness about them, a sense of nostalgia. And you never know when something will turn into art. I don't think it's pretentious to say it was art, maybe pop art. Every element worked. It was crafted like a comic strip, in a way. Everything had to pay off with a laugh. Don would say 'there are too many words' or 'the set up isn't right'. There was no improvisation. There is a sort of poetry to writing comedy. Poetry is very crafted. You can't have too many words. It needs compression. It has to be spare, just the right number of words. And Don's instincts were infallible. We never rehearsed. I think we got more skilled as time went on. I did. At first, I had one foot in my little girl's self and one foot in my grown-up self. You can see it in my character. By the end, I had both feet in my adult self. 99 still had an adoration for Maxwell Smart, but with more authority. (on her professional on- and off-screen friendship with Don Adams, who played Maxwell Smart)

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