Barbara Barrie


Actor

About

Also Known As
Barbara Ann Berman
Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
May 23, 1931

Biography

A versatile character actress, Barrie has a slightly wry, worried expression and some interesting credits, especially on stage and television. Often playing warm, mature, sometimes wisecracking comedic and dramatic roles, she acted regularly on early TV, Broadway and in theatre festivals in the early 1960s. After several small parts in features she landed a lead in the interracial love s...

Family & Companions

Jay Malcolm Harnick
Husband
Artistic director. Married on July 23, 1964; artistic director of Theatreworks/USA.

Bibliography

"Second Act: Life After a Colostomy and Other Adventures"
Barbara Barrie, Scribner (1997)
"Lone Star"
Barbara Barrie, Delacorte (1990)
"Adam Zigzag"
Barbara Barrie, Delacorte

Biography

A versatile character actress, Barrie has a slightly wry, worried expression and some interesting credits, especially on stage and television. Often playing warm, mature, sometimes wisecracking comedic and dramatic roles, she acted regularly on early TV, Broadway and in theatre festivals in the early 1960s. After several small parts in features she landed a lead in the interracial love story, "One Potato, Two Potato" (1964), winning the Best Actress award at Cannes. Barrie acted less during the late 60s as she began to raise a family, but enjoyed a notable Broadway comeback as part of the landmark Stephen Sondheim-Harold Prince musical, "Company" (1970). Subsequent stage work included two Neil Simon comedies, "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" (1972) and "California Suite" (1976), a stint in "Isn't It Romantic?" (1984) and Anne Meara's "After Play" (1995-96).

TV work picked up as well, and in 1975 Barrie essayed one of the roles for which she is best remembered, Hal Linden's sensible, quietly sardonic wife on the dry-witted ABC sitcom, "Barney Miller." After the first season the show moved into Barney's workspace, with Barrie only making the occasional appearance. She resumed her feature career with an Oscar-nominated turn as the bicyclist hero's witty, yet supportive, mother in the sleeper "Breaking Away" (1979), and enjoyed further success as Goldie Hawn's mother in "Private Benjamin" (1980). Barrie later reprised both roles in the TV spinoffs, and appeared in several other series during the 80s, though none turned into hits. She kept busy, bringing her smooth professionalism to the feature "After the Rain" (1988) and the TV-movies "The Execution" (1985), "My First Love" (1989) and "The Odd Couple: Together Again" (1993). She returned to series TV as Brooke Shields' wise, knowing grandmother in the sitcom "Suddenly Susan" (NBC, 1996-2000).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Twelve Thirty (2010)
Harvest (2010)
Second Best (2004)
Spent (2000)
Mrs Walsh
30 Days (1999)
Barbara Trainer
Judy Berlin (1999)
A Chance of Snow (1998)
Ruth Palmer
Hercules (1997)
Voice
My Breast (1994)
Milly
The Odd Couple: Together Again (1993)
Flowers For Matty (1990)
Guess Who's Coming For Christmas? (1990)
Winnie (1988)
After the Rain (1988)
Rachel Bonner
My First Love (1988)
End of the Line (1987)
Real Men (1987)
Vital Signs (1986)
The Execution (1985)
Two of a Kind (1982)
Dottie Minor
Not Just Another Affair (1982)
The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)
Hanna
To Race the Wind (1980)
Mrs Krents
Private Benjamin (1980)
Breaking Away (1979)
Mom
The Bell Jar (1979)
Jay Cee
Summer Of My German Soldier (1978)
Tell Me My Name (1977)
Emily Mcphail
One Potato, Two Potato (1964)
Julie Cullen Richards
The Caretakers (1963)
Edna
Giant (1956)
Mary Lou Decker

Cast (Special)

David Strickland: The E! True Hollywood Story (2000)
25th International Emmy Awards (1998)
Presenter
My Summer As a Girl (1994)
Shirley
Summer Stories: The Mall (1992)
Claws (1991)
Amzie
What's Alan Watching? (1989)
All Together Now (1984)
Barefoot in the Park (1982)
Working (1982)
Kosta and His Family (1973)
Isabel Kosta; Herbs' Wife
Diana (1973)
Norma Brodnik; Norman'S Wife, Merchandising Department Head
To Be Young, Gifted and Black (1972)
Full Moon Over Brooklyn (1960)
Ellen

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Lovejoy: The Lost Colony (1994)
Scarlett (1994)
I'll Take Manhattan (1987)
Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
Backstairs at the White House (1979)
Harold Robbins' "79 Park Avenue" (1977)

Life Events

1955

Made New York stage debut in "The Wooden Dish"

1955

Played Edna, a nurse, on a number of episodes of "The Phil Silvers Show"

1956

Feature film debut, in a bit part in "Giant"

1957

Played a variety of roles regularly on the syndicated police drama series, "Decoy"

1963

Played first sizable feature film role in "The Caretakers", billed 11th

1964

First leading role in film, "One Potato, Two Potato"

1970

Starred on Broadway in the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Company"

1981

Reprised her role as Evelyn Stohler, the mother, from the feature "Breaking Away" for the short-lived ABC sitcom version

1987

Played Mrs. Amberville on the CBS romance miniseries, "I'll Take Manhattan"

1994

Underwent treatment for colon cancer

1999

Portrayed the mother of the title character in the independent "Judy Berlin"

1999

Played a Jewish mother in son Aaron Harnick's feature directorial debut "30 Days"

2000

Cast as a wheelchair-bound matriarch in the Off-Broadway play "Current Events"

2003

Received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series for her role in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

Videos

Movie Clip

One Potato, Two Potato (1964) - Opening, Howard, Ohio Opening sequence introducing the race-relations theme and the fictional town of "Howard, Ohio," (really on location in Painesville, near Cleveland) from One Potato, Two Potato, the 1964 independent feature starring Barbara Barrie and Bernie Hamilton, directed by Larry Peerce.
One Potato, Two Potato (1964) - Because You're With Me! Julie (Barbara Barrie) keeps her composure better than Frank (Bernie Hamilton) when a cop interrupts them on an early informal date, in director Larry Peerce's independent feature One Potato, Two Potato, 1964.
One Potato, Two Potato (1964) - Close To The Ideal SPOILER risk here, back in the courtroom, the judge (Harry Bellaver) delivers his verdict, stunning Julie (Barbara Barrie) and Frank (Bernie Hamilton), Richard Mulligan as the father Joseph, in a scene near the end of director Larry Peerce's One Potato, Two Potato, 1964.
One Potato, Two Potato (1964) - Social Pressures Beginning in the courtroom, the judge (Harry Bellaver) induces a flashback to the day Julie (Barbara Barrie) met Frank (Bernie Hamilton), with friends Johnny (Sam Weston, brother of Jack, and later better known as the prominent porn director Anthony Spinelli) and Ann (Faith Burwell) in director Larry Peerce's independent feature One Potato, Two Potato, 1964.
Breaking Away (1979) - We Are Not Italian In the opening we met Bloomington, Indian townie Dave and buddies, here we meet his parents, Paul Dooley and Barbara Barrie, lamenting his obsession Italy, since he won a bike in a local race, Peter Yates directing from Steve Tesich’s original screenplay, in Breaking Away, 1979.

Family

Louis Berman
Father
Frances Rose Berman
Mother
Sheldon Harnick
Brother-In-Law
Lyricist.
Jane Caroline Harnick
Daughter
Actor.
Aaron Louis Harnick
Son
Actor, writer, director. Acted in "Judy Berlin" (1999), which also featured Barrie.

Companions

Jay Malcolm Harnick
Husband
Artistic director. Married on July 23, 1964; artistic director of Theatreworks/USA.

Bibliography

"Second Act: Life After a Colostomy and Other Adventures"
Barbara Barrie, Scribner (1997)
"Lone Star"
Barbara Barrie, Delacorte (1990)
"Adam Zigzag"
Barbara Barrie, Delacorte