Appeared in "The Merry World of Nat King Cole", Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA. Also in cast: Nat 'King' Cole
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When I'm working in a club, I must go from one song to another rapidly, and I don't have much time to express myself emotionally. In a movie, you can concentrate on one scene at a time. (from a 1969 interview with the Washington Post, explaining why she found movie acting more rewarding than singing)
During her career Barbara experienced racism from time to time. When she appeared in "No Strings"--a musical by Richard Rodgers
set in Paris in which a black fashion model falls in love with a white novelist--she endured obscene phone calls and hate mail. She once walked out of a hotel in Miami that offered her a room but forbade her to swim in the hotel pool. A few times she was forced to eat in...