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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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Known For

The Barbara McNair Show
The Barbara McNair Show Herself / Herself - Host
(1969-1971)
General Hospital
General Hospital Aunt Bettina (1984)
(1963)
Center Stage
Center Stage Herself
(1967)

Filmography

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 1996 Neon Signs
Grace
 1990 Fatal Charm (Video)
English Teacher
 1986 The Redd Foxx Show (TV Series)
Jeri
- Al's First Date (1986) ... Jeri
 1985 Hell Town (TV Series)
- One Ball (1985)
 1984 Glitter (TV Series)
Marion
- Pilot (1984) ... Marion
 1984 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Yvonne McBride
- George's Old Girlfriend (1984) ... Yvonne McBride
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
Beverly
- 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)
Amanda
- 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)
Celeste
- Lire from Heaven (1970) ... Celeste
 1969 Change of Habit
Sister Irene
 1969 The Lonely Profession (TV Movie)
Donna Travers
 1969 Venus in Furs
Rita
 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)
Leona
- 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "The Merry World of Nat King Cole", Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA. Also in cast: Nat 'King' Cole. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | 3 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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) See more »

Trivia:

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... See more »

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