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Overview (4)

Born in Carnegie, Oklahoma, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (kidney failure)
Birth NameBarbara Jo Lawrence
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Her career may have only lasted a dozen years, and the number of films slightly more than twenty, but Barbara appeared in some interesting productions. As a young girl, she was a model. While completing her studies at UCLA, she co-starred in half a dozen movies for 20th Century Fox. She appeared in the critically acclaimed A Letter to Three Wives (1949). In 1952, she was cast in Here Come the Nelsons (1952), which was the film version of their popular Radio show. The movie also had Rock Hudson in the cast. The next year, Barbara was cast with Gig Young in Arena (1953), which was a 3-D feature film from MGM. As originally shown, special 3-D glasses were required to view the picture to bring all the action of the Rodeo to your seat. In 1954, she was cast in Her Twelve Men (1954), which was the last film that Greer Garson made at MGM. In 1955, she was cast as Gertie Cummings in the movie Oklahoma! (1955). Oklahoma! (1955) was filmed in TODD-AO wide screen and Barbara reprises the role she played on the stage. After a couple of movies in 1957, Barbara retired.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (3)

Lester Richard Nelson (17 October 1961 - 1976) (divorced) (2 children)
John C. Murphy (29 July 1951 - 1959) (divorced) (2 children)
Jeffrey Stone (28 June 1947 - 28 September 1949) (divorced)

Trivia (10)

In March 1948 she was involved in an incident that seemed to foreshadow the stalking incidents that are so common today. While at the movies she was stabbed by an unknown assailant. The wound was so deep that she was treated at the Santa Monica Emergency Hospital. The assailant was never found.
Has four children.
Was Little Miss Hollywood of 1942.
A perpetual starlet, she had a cameo playing herself in The Star (1952). At the end of the film, Bette Davis goes to a Hollywood party and a commotion breaks out among the guests and press when Lawrence arrives. She's supposed to represent the new Hollywood, Davis the old.
Retired from acting in 1962 and eventually sold real estate.
After dating for only a couple of weeks, she eloped at age 18 in January of 1947 with a young contract actor named John Fontaine, aka Jeffrey Stone. They both appeared in the Fox musical movie You Were Meant for Me (1948). The marriage was kept secret until June 28, 1947, when her mother gave Barbara a church wedding in Beverly Hills. The marriage was over a year later.
Signed a contract with 20th Century-Fox and attended the studio's school, where her classmates included Roddy McDowall and Peggy Ann Garner.
Born in Oklahoma, she was raised for a time in Kansas City, Missouri, before she and her mother moved to Los Angeles.
Direct descendant of Sir Francis Eaton, who arrived in America on the Mayflower.
Distant cousin of singer Nelson Eddy.

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