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Overview (3)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameBarbara Ann Berman
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

After endless stage and television work, Barrie received a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her performance in One Potato, Two Potato (1964), in the film she acted as Julie, a young, single parent for four years, after her husband abandoned her and their daughter. The following decade, Barrie played Evelyn in One Potato, Two Potato (1964), which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and later, an Emmy nomination, when she reprised the role in the television series based on the film. Later in her career, she was nominated an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance as Sue Berlin, mother to the title character, Judy Berlin (1999).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anthony Ronald Vario

Spouse (1)

Jay Malcolm Harnick (23 July 1964 - 27 February 2007) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (14)

Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin - BFA '52.
Graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
Mother of Jane Harnick and Aaron Harnick.
She is the author of two critically acclaimed novels for young adults: "Lone Star" (1989) and "Adam Zigzag" (1995).
She created Tomato Lightning, a spicy chutney available in gourmet food stores.
Received a 1971 Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Stephen Sondheim's "Company," and is also featured on the landmark documentary by D.A. Pennebaker on the making of the show's cast album.
Sister-in-law of Sheldon Harnick.
Member of alpha epsilon phi sorority.
Survived rectal cancer.
Was replaced in the role of Yente during previews of "Fiddler on the Roof" (2004) starring Alfred Molina. The production itself was vilified in the Los Angeles Times for the production's deliberate "ethnic cleansing." Apparently, the endearing Yiddish-speaking character that Barbara had personified had been stripped down to have a WASPish-sounding voice. The other characters, including that of Molina's Tevye, were stripped of their ethnic influences as well except for those directly required by the script. The revival, however, did quite well on Broadway and ran for nearly two years.
Long married to Jay Harnick, the founder and longtime artistic director of TheatreworksUSA, the nation's largest company for young audiences and a training ground for some of the more noted names in entertainment, including F. Murray Abraham, for almost 40 years. During his tenure, Harnick's company performed for 50 million children and earned Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards, the only children's theatre to do so. Harnick retired in 2000 and died on February 27, 2007.
Was in Charleston, South Carolina, making the TV mini-series Scarlett (1994) when she became dizzy and passed out. Taken to a nearby hospital, they did a sigmoidoscopy of the lower colon the following day and discovered her cancer.
Wrote "Second Act" in 1997, a frank and irreverently humorous book chronicling her 30-year experience first with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and subsequent cancer.
Raised in Texas.

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