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Barbara Colby (1939–1975)


Actress Barbara Colby, at age 36, was on the brink of TV character stardom when the native New Yorker was senselessly shot and killed one evening on the streets of Los Angeles. The tall, toothy, husky-voiced, frizzy-haired actress equipped with a keen, Brooklyn-tough sensibility and dead-on comedy instincts had just started to make a name for ... See full bio »

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(age 36) in Venice, California, USA

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Mary Tyler Moore Sherry / Sherry Ferris
(1974-1975)
Phyllis Julie Erskine
(1975)
California Split Receptionist
(1974)
Columbo Lilly La Sanka
(1971)

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 1976 The Ashes of Mrs. Reasoner (TV Movie)
Muriel Fenton
 1975 Phyllis (TV Series)
Julie Erskine
- Up for Grabs (1975) ... Julie Erskine
- Bess, Is You a Woman Now? (1975) ... Julie Erskine
- Pilot (1975) ... Julie Erskine
 1974-1975 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series)
Sherry Ferris / Sherry
- You Try to Be a Nice Guy (1975) ... Sherry Ferris
- Will Mary Richards Go to Jail? (1974) ... Sherry
 1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Kathy Carter
- The Iron Men (1974) ... Kathy Carter
 1974 California Split
Receptionist
 1974 Memory of Us
Iris
 1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Josie
- The Nature of Evil (1974) ... Josie
 1974 Medical Center (TV Series)
Mrs. Polumbo
- The Conspirators (1974) ... Mrs. Polumbo
 1973 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Linda Comsack
- The Devil You Say (1973) ... Linda Comsack
 1973 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Marti
- The Exchange (1973) ... Marti
 1973 A Brand New Life (TV Movie)
Jessica Hiller
 1972 Look Homeward, Angel (TV Movie)
Miss Brown
 1971 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Monique
- Felix, the Calypso Singer (1971) ... Monique
 1971 Columbo (TV Series)
Lilly La Sanka
- Murder by the Book (1971) ... Lilly La Sanka
 1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Lila
- Candy Man: Part 2 (1969) ... Lila
- Candy Man: Part 1 (1969) ... Lila
 1968 Petulia
Patient (uncredited)
 1967 The Tiger Makes Out
Bus passenger (uncredited)
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A Doll's House (1975). Drama (revival). See more »
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She and actor James Kiernan were walking to their parked car after teaching an acting class in Los Angeles, when they were gunned down by two men for no apparent reason. The killers were never caught, and the crime remains unsolved. See more »

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