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Barbara Pepper (1915–1969)


Barbara Pepper's signature roles were as worldly "dames" during the Hollywood's 1930s and 1940s Golden Era, fitting snugly alongside other flashy broads of that period such as Iris Adrian, Joan Blondell and Veda Ann Borg. Barbara patented her own unique, hard-boiled style, however, and should have gone further than she did. Most people who ... See full bio »

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Known For

Foreign Correspondent
(1940)
Green Acres
Green Acres Doris Ziffel
(1965-1968)
Kiss Me, Stupid
Kiss Me, Stupid Big Bertha
(1964)
Sagebrush Troubadour
Sagebrush Troubadour Joan Martin
(1935)

Filmography

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 1969 Hook, Line and Sinker
Peter's Secretary (uncredited)
 1969 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series)
Emma
 1969 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilkins
 1965-1968 Green Acres (TV Series)
Doris Ziffel
 1967 Laredo (TV Series)
Emma
 1966 My Mother the Car (TV Series)
Greek Nightclub Dresser
 1966 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Mrs. Shanks
 1966 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Mrs. Brand
 1965 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Mrs. Schultz
 1964 Kiss Me, Stupid
Big Bertha
 1964 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Doris Ziffel / Ruth Ziffel
 1964 My Fair Lady
Doolittle's Dance Partner (uncredited)
 1964 The Patsy
Bowler (uncredited)
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Fat Lady
 1963 Who's Minding the Store?
Customer at Bargain Sale (uncredited)
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Matty
 1956-1963 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
Large Wife / Woman with Santa / Woman / ...
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Woman on Phone at Garage (uncredited)
 1963 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Cleaning Woman
 1958-1963 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Polly / Mrs. Maybelle Gifford
 1963 Wide Country (TV Series)
Waitress
 1957-1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Mrs. Williamson / Mrs. Dwyer - Fat Woman / Mrs. Diamond / ...
 1963 A Child Is Waiting
Miss Brown (uncredited)
 1962 It's Only Money
Fisherwoman
 1962 The Music Man
Feril Hawkes - Snapping Beans (uncredited)
 1962 Poor Mr. Campbell (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dumphy
 1961-1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Mrs. Littlesmith / Landlady
 1954-1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Maggie / Saleswoman / Barbara / ...
 1962 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Della
 1962 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Fat Lady
 1961 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Mrs. Miller
 1961 The Detectives (TV Series)
Theresa
 1960 This Man Dawson (TV Series)
Barbara Fallon
 1958-1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Mistress Becket
 1960 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Waitress
 1960 Sex Kittens Go to College
Circe - Big Woman with Ripped Dress (uncredited)
 1960 The Bramble Bush
Polly Welk (uncredited)
 1959 Bonanza (TV Series)
Lil McSween
 1958-1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Clara Chase / Mrs. Brody
 1959 The Texan (TV Series)
Mary Devlin
 1959 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Townswoman
 1959 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Big Martha Bledsoe
 1958 Auntie Mame
Mrs. Krantz (uncredited)
 1958 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Boxcar Annie
 1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby
Mrs. Oberholt (uncredited)
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Ellie
 1957 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
Pearl
 1957 M Squad (TV Series)
Landlady
 1957 Date with the Angels (TV Series)
Martha
 1957 The D.I.
Woman Customer
 1957 The People's Choice (TV Series)
Carol Filcher
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Miss Buell
 1956 Warner Brothers Presents (TV Series)
 1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Housewife
 1956 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Shopper
 1956 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Clara
 1952-1955 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Party Guest / Neighbor / Woman on Bus / ...
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Mekels
 1955 Big Town (TV Series)
Mamkie Caldwell
 1955 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Herman's Mother
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Fat Woman
 1952-1955 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Woman at Airport / Violet McGonagall / Molly Pearson / ...
 1954 Young at Heart
Wife (uncredited)
 1954 A Star Is Born
Esther's Neighbor (uncredited)
 1953 The Eddie Cantor Story
Patron (uncredited)
 1953 Inferno
Waitress (uncredited)
 1953 So This Is Love
Fat Girl with Sailor in Nightclub (uncredited)
 1952 Thunderbirds
Mrs. Louise Braggart
 1950 My Blue Heaven
Susan (uncredited)
 1950 The Fuller Brush Girl
Wife Watching TV (uncredited)
 1950 No Way Out
Woman (uncredited)
 1950 Unmasked
Mrs. Schmidt
 1949 The Inspector General
Buxom Villager (uncredited)
 1949 The Crooked Way
Shooting Gallery Proprietress (uncredited)
 1948 The Snake Pit
Patient (uncredited)
 1947 The Millerson Case
Eadie Rookstool (uncredited)
 1946 Terror Trail
Karen Kemp, the Louisville Lady
 1946 The Hoodlum Saint
Dance Contestant #1 (uncredited)
 1945 Prison Ship
Winnie De Voe (uncredited)
 1945 The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Annie (uncredited)
 1945 Murder, He Says
Bonnie Fleagle
 1945 The Naughty Nineties
Gilded Cage Hostess (uncredited)
 1945 Trouble Chasers
Goldie
 1945 Brewster's Millions
Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1944 Can't Help Singing
Saloon Girl (uncredited)
 1944 An American Romance
Streetwalker (uncredited)
 1944 I Love a Soldier
Blonde (uncredited)
 1944 Since You Went Away
Bowling Alley Pin Girl (uncredited)
 1944 Once Upon a Time
Taxi Girl (uncredited)
 1944 Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid
Wild Rose (uncredited)
 1944 Cover Girl
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
 1943 Who's Hugh? (Short)
Tony's Wife (uncredited)
 1943 He Was Only Feudin' (Short)
Mildred Pepper
 1943 So This Is Washington
Betty - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1943 Let's Face It
Daisy (uncredited)
 1943 Girls in Chains
Ruth
 1943 Blonde and Groom (Short)
Rex's Fiancée
 1943 Aerial Gunner
Blonde at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)
 1943 A Maid Made Mad (Short)
Blonde
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Blonde Who Bruises Too Easy (uncredited)
 1942 Sappy Pappy (Short)
 1942 Carry Harry (Short)
Edith, Harry's Girl Friend
 1942 Three Smart Saps (Short)
Woman on Dance Floor (uncredited)
 1942 One Thrilling Night
Lettie
 1942 My Favorite Spy
Speedy (uncredited)
 1941 Birth of the Blues
Maizie
 1941 South of Tahiti
Julie (uncredited)
 1941 Man at Large
Myrtle, Hotel Guest
 1941 We Go Fast
Southern Belle with Traffic Fine (uncredited)
 1941 Manpower
Polly
 1941 Three Sons o' Guns
Francie
 1941 Out of the Fog
Cuban Room Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
 1941 The Cowboy and the Blonde
Chorine in Dressing Room (uncredited)
 1941 Ride, Kelly, Ride
Trudy (uncredited)
 1941 The Dog in the Orchard (Short)
Emmie
 1940 Foreign Correspondent
Dorine
 1940 The Return of Frank James
Nellie Blane
 1940 Sailor's Lady
Maude
 1940 Women in War
Millie, Irish Nurse
 1940 Forgotten Girls
Eve Abbott
 1940 Framed
Goldie Green
 1940 Castle on the Hudson
Goldie
 1939 Of Mice and Men
Second Girl (uncredited)
 1939 The Amazing Mr. Williams
Muriel - Wedding Guest (uncredited)
 1939 Scandal Sheet
Rena
 1939 Three Sons
Viola
 1939 The Women
Tough Girl (uncredited)
 1939 Flight at Midnight
Mildred
 1939 Colorado Sunset
Ginger Bixby
 1939 The Magnificent Fraud
June
 1939 Bachelor Mother
Dance-Hall Hostess (uncredited)
 1939 Off the Record
Flossie - Telephone Operator (uncredited)
 1939 They Made Me a Criminal
Budgie
 1938 The Girl Downstairs
Woman at the Bar (uncredited)
 1938 Sweethearts
Telephone Operator (uncredited)
 1938 Army Girl
Riki Thomas
 1938 The Chaser
Mabel the Drunken Girl (uncredited)
 1938 The Lady in the Morgue
Kay Renshaw
 1938 Wide Open Faces
Belle
 1938 Hollywood Stadium Mystery
Althea Ames
 1937 Portia on Trial
Evelyn
 1937 The Westland Case
Agatha Hogan
 1937 Many Unhappy Returns (Short)
Sophie - Cigar Store Counter Girl
 1937 Music for Madame
Blonde on Bus (uncredited)
 1937 Forty Naughty Girls
Alice
 1937 The Big Shot
Mamie
 1937 You Can't Beat Love
May 'Bubbles' Smith
 1937 Wrong Romance (Short)
 1937 You Can't Buy Luck
Store Clerk
 1937 The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Blonde Saloon Floozie
 1937 Too Many Wives
Angela Brown
 1937 Sea Devils
Spanked Blonde (uncredited)
 1936 Dog Blight (Short)
Alice Morgan
 1936 What Becomes of the Children?
Elsie Ford
 1936 Winterset
Girl
 1936 Wanted! Jane Turner
Marge Sanders - Posing as Jane Turner
 1936 The Big Game
Lois - the Drunk's Girl (uncredited)
 1936 Mummy's Boys
Mary Browning
 1936 M'Liss
Clytie Morpher
 1936 The Rogues' Tavern
Marjorie Burns
 1936 Show Boat
New Year's Eve Cutie (uncredited)
 1936 Taming the Wild
Hazel White
 1935 The Singing Vagabond
Honey
 1935 The Fighting Coward
Marie's Friend (uncredited)
 1935 Frisco Waterfront
The Blonde Stranger
 1935 Forced Landing
Nancy 'Dusty' Rhodes
 1935 Sagebrush Troubadour
Joan Martin
 1935 Waterfront Lady
Gloria Vance
 1935 Home Work (Short)
 1935 Anna Karenina
Party Girl (uncredited)
 1935 Dante's Inferno
Drunk at Ship's Cafe (uncredited)
 1935 Double Crossed (Short)
 1935 Let 'em Have It
Milly
 1934 Kid Millions
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
 1934 Our Daily Bread
Sally
 1934 Strictly Dynamite (uncredited)
 1934 Bottoms Up
Chorine (uncredited)
 1934 Moulin Rouge
Show Girl (uncredited)
 1933 Roman Scandals
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
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Other Works:

(1932-33) Stage: Appeared in "George White's Music Hall Varieties" on Broadway (return engagement). Musical revue. Casino Theatre: 2 Jan 1933-21 Jan 1933 (24 performances). Produced by George White. Note: This elaborate large cast production was a huge flop and considered a major casualty of the Great Depression. See more »

Height:

5' 3½" (1.61 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[asked, as a former showgirl, why so many millionaires wind up marrying showgirls] Millionaires like to have their money's worth, and showgirls know how to make them think they're getting it.

Trivia:

On July 30, 1936, a man named Fred Radke of Tacoma, WA, was walking on the sidewalk in front of her home in Hollywood when he was suddenly stricken with a heart attack and collapsed. Seeing this, Pepper called a physician and then ran outside to administer first aid to him until the physician got there. The doctor said that Radke was close to death and had Pepper not been there to help him, he ... See more »

Nickname:

The Fisher Body Girl

Star Sign:

Gemini

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