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A cool blonde actress with smoky, sultry eyes, Barbara Bain did considerable work on episodic TV during the 1950s and 60s, including a stint on "Richard Diamond: Private Detective" (CBS, 1959) as David Janssen's romantic interest, and a memorable guest appearance on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," as the star's pushy former girlfriend.
Bain's career peaked when she won three consecutive Emmy Awards portraying the quick-witted Cinnamon Carter on the popular espionage series "Mission: Impossible" (ABC, 1966-69) opposite then-husband Martin Landau. The two quit the successful series over a contract dispute and her work has been sporadic since. Apart from a handful of TV-movies, often featuring Landau (e.g., "Savage" NBC, 1973), Bain also acted opposite her most regular leading man on the sober, syndicated sci-fi series, "Space: 1999" (1975-77), as Dr. Helena Russell. After "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" (NBC, 1981), Bain, now divorced from Landau, practically disappeared from public view for several years. She turned her attentions to the stage and became active in the L.A. theater scene in plays at small, prestigious venues like the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC). While Bain did some episodic work in the late 80s on "Moonlighting" and "Murder, She Wrote," she was more often noted for her stage role and her charity work.
Bain had made her feature film debut with "Mission Impossible vs. the Mob" (1969) a big screen spin-off from the TV series. But no other roles followed. She returned to feature films after a two-decade absence in the black comedy "Trust Me" and the drama "Skinheads" (both 1989) and in "The Spirit of '76" (1990), produced by her daughter, Susan Meredith Landau.
Cast (Feature Film)
Played Karen Wells in TV series "Richard Diamond, Private Detective"
Guest-starred in memorable episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
Co-starred as Cinnamon Carter on espionage TV series, "Mission: Impossible"; left series with husband Martin Landau after a contract dispute; they were replaced and series continued until 1973
Feature film debut in "Mission Impossible vs. The Mob"
Made TV-movie debut, "Murder Once Removed" (NBC)
Made stage debut in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" at the Intiman Theatre, Seattle, WA
Returned to feature films in "Trust Me"
Hade role in "The Spirit of '76", produced by her daughter Susan
Returned to features as the mother of heroine in "Animals (and the Tollkeeper)"