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Barbara McNair (1934–2007)

Popular African-American vocalist and entertainer Barbara McNair dazzled audiences with her singing prowess and exceptional beauty for well over four decades until her death on February 4, 2007 of throat cancer in Los Angeles. The Chicago-born entertainer and one-time secretary was raised in Racine, Wisconsin, one of five children born to Horace ... See full bio »

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 1996 Neon Signs
 1991 Fatal Charm (Video)
English Teacher
 1986 The Redd Foxx Show (TV Series)
- Al's First Date (1986) ... Jeri
 1985 Hell Town (TV Series)
- One Ball (1985)
 1984 Glitter (TV Series)
- Pilot (1984) ... Marion
 1984 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Yvonne McBride
- George's Old Girlfriend (1984) ... Yvonne McBride
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
- Lady Ice (1978) ... Beverly
- Yes, My Darling Daughter (1978) ... Beverly
 1978 Police Woman (TV Series)
Martha Wallace
- Sixth Sense (1978) ... Martha Wallace
 1973 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Jena Cole
- Imitation (1973) ... Jena Cole
 1972 Mod Squad (TV Series)
- The Connection (1972) ... Amanda
 1972 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Lee Richards
- An Elementary Case of Murder (1972) ... Lee Richards
 1970 To Rome with Love (TV Series)
- Lire from Heaven (1970) ... Celeste
 1969 Change of Habit
Sister Irene
 1969 The Lonely Profession (TV Movie)
Donna Travers
 1969 Venus in Furs
 1967 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series)
Kumasa / Carol Dukes
- Is General Hammerschlag Burning? (1967) ... Kumasa / Carol Dukes
 1967 Spotlight (TV Series)
 1967 I Spy (TV Series)
- Night Train to Madrid (1967) ... Leona
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Mareema Kamba
- The Elusive Dik-Dik (1964) ... Mareema Kamba
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Sarah Packsey
- Who Is to Say the Battle Is to Be Fought? (1964) ... Sarah Packsey
 1963 Spencer's Mountain
Graduation Singer (uncredited)
 1963 General Hospital (TV Series)
Aunt Bettina (1984)
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Other Works:

Book: Co-wrote "The Complete Book of Beauty for the Black Woman". See more »

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1 Article | 3 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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5' 3" (1.6 m)

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Personal Quote:

When I was making a lot of movies, they didn't want the women to look too black. But black people objected to that policy, so then the industry did a reversal -- went all the way in the other direction. For the industry to limit itself to one look or another is unrealistic. See more »


Mafia boss-turned-FBI-informant Jimmy Fratianno (aka "Jimmy the Weasel") wrote in his book, "The Last Mafioso", that McNair's late husband, Rick Manzie, was a Mafia associate who tried to put a contract on the life of a mob-associated tax attorney with whom he had a legal dispute, but he was murdered in 1976 before the contract was fulfilled. See more »

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