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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 19 May 1931Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 9 June 2004Pontiac, Michigan, USA  (cancer)

Mini Bio (1)

Barbara Whiting was born on May 19, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Those Whiting Girls (1955), Beware, My Lovely (1952) and Dangerous When Wet (1953). She was married to Gail Smith. She died on June 9, 2004 in Pontiac, Michigan, USA.

Spouse (1)

Gail Smith (1959 - 1991) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

Younger sister of singer/actress Margaret Whiting. Daughter of composer Richard A. Whiting.
Son, Richard Whiting Smith
Briefly under contract to 20th Century-Fox as a teen in the '40s, making only a slight impact with her first film, Junior Miss (1945). Fox misused her, giving her only small parts. After her contract ended, she went back to school, reappearing after graduation in more smallish parts for other studios. Although a talent, Barbara was never given a lead in a movie.
Appeared in both the film (as sidekick Fuffy) and the subsequent radio version (as the lead, Judy) of "Junior Miss." Also, starred in a Los Angeles stage version of the show.
Her TV sitcom Those Whiting Girls (1955) with her sister, Margaret Whiting, served as a summer replacement for I Love Lucy (1951) in both 1955 and 1957.
Husband Gail Smith was the director of advertising at General Motors; son Richard received his Ph.D in nuclear physics. She also had two stepdaughters.
Once sang with Margaret on the The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (aka Ed Sullivan Show).
She and her husband Gail were actually married twice, having divorced at one point.
Ex-sister-in-law of Lou Busch and Hubbell Robinson.
Sister-in-law of Jack Wrangler.

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