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Barbara Loden (1932–1980)

A one-time pin-up beauty and magazine story model, Barbara Loden studied acting in New York in the early 50s and was on the Broadway boards within the decade. She was discovered for films by legendary producer/director Elia Kazan who was impressed with what she did in a small role as Montgomery Clift's secretary in Wild River (1960). He moved her ... See full bio »

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Wanda Wanda Goronski
Splendor in the Grass
Splendor in the Grass Ginny Stamper
Wild River
Wild River Betty Jackson
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 1975 The Frontier Experience (Short)
 1970 Wanda
Wanda Goronski
 1968 Fade-In (TV Movie)
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Penny Sonners
- Torment Him Much and Hold Him Long (1962) ... Penny Sonners
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Betty Johnson
- The Boy Who Wasn't Wanted (1962) ... Betty Johnson
 1960 Wild River
Betty Jackson
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
 1952 The Ernie Kovacs Show (TV Series)
Regular (1956)
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Other Works:

The Long Dream (1960). Written by Ketti Frings. Based on the novel by Richard Wright. Incidental music by Pembroke Davenport. Scenic Design by Zvi Geyra. Costume Design by Ruth Morley. Lighting Design by Tharon Musser. Directed by Lloyd Richards. Ambassador Theatre: 17 Feb 1960- 20 Feb 1960 (5 performances). Cast: R.G. Armstrong... See more »

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She was cast as Beverly Abbott in The Swimmer (1968), a crucial part in that she has had an affair with the title character, played by Burt Lancaster. According to multiple biographies of Lancaster, Loden's performance overshadowed him in the scene, which was shot in 1966 by Frank Perry, who is credited as the director on the film. Lancaster was dissatisfied and had the role recast with Janice ... See more »

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