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Barbara Read (I) (1917–1963)

Barbara Read was born on December 29, 1917 in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada. She was an actress, known for Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), Curtain Call (1940) and Three Smart Girls (1936). She was married to William Talman, Willard Josephy and William Paul III. She died on December 11, 1963 in Laguna Beach, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Make Way for Tomorrow
Make Way for Tomorrow Rhoda Cooper
Curtain Call
Curtain Call Helen Middleton
Three Smart Girls
Behind the Mask
Behind the Mask Margo Lane


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 1951 Racket Squad (TV Series)
- The Bill of Sale Racket (1951) ... Secretary (uncredited)
 1948 Coroner Creek
Abbie Miles (as Barbara Reed)
 1947 Key Witness
Martha Higby (as Barbara Reed)
 1946 Ginger
Peggy Sullivan (as Barbara Reed)
 1946 The Missing Lady
Margo Lane (as Barbara Reed)
 1946 Death Valley
Mitzi (as Barbara Reed)
 1946 Behind the Mask
Margo Lane (as Barbara Reed)
 1946 The Shadow Returns
Margo Lane (as Barbara Reed)
 1942 Rubber Racketeers
Mary Dale
 1942 Too Many Women
Linda Pearson
 1940 Curtain Call
Helen Middleton
 1940 Married and in Love
Helen Yates
 1939 Sorority House
Dotty Spencer
 1938 The Crime of Doctor Hallet
Claire Saunders
 1938 Midnight Intruder
Patricia Hammond
 1937 Merry-Go-Round of 1938
Clarice Stockbridge
 1937 The Road Back
 1937 The Mighty Treve
Aileen Fenno
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Barbara Reed

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Under contract to Columbia, she was paid but never used for a single picture. She quit in disgust. She was later signed by Universal and was cast as one of the Craig sisters in Three Smart Girls (1936) along with Deanna Durbin and Nan Grey. This was Barbara's first and best remembered film. See more »

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