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 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.
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...