Barbara Babcock (born February 27, 1937) is an American character actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Grace Gardner on Hill Street Blues, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress—Drama Series in 1981, and her role as Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1993.
Babcock in 1968
February 27, 1937 |
Fort Riley, Kansas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jay Sheffield (m. 1962–1968)|
|Awards||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1981 Hill Street Blues
Although she was born in the United States, Babcock spent a large part of her childhood in Tokyo, Japan, where her father, U.S. Army Gen. Conrad Stanton Babcock, Jr., was stationed. She learned to speak Japanese before English.
Babcock studied at Switzerland's University of Lausanne and Italy's University of Milan. She also attended Miss Porter's School and graduated from Wellesley College, where she was a classmate of Ali MacGraw.
Babcock's television appearances began in 1956. They included several episodes of the original series of Star Trek, although much of her work on the show consisted of uncredited voice roles. In 1968, she made her debut on the big screen in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer western Day of the Evil Gun, followed by roles in the films Heaven with a Gun, co-starring Glenn Ford, Bang the Drum Slowly, Chosen Survivors, The Black Marble, Back Roads, The Lords of Discipline and That Was Then... This Is Now. From 1978 to 1982, she played the role of Liz Craig on the CBS soap opera Dallas. Other notable films include Heart of Dixie, Happy Together, Far and Away and Space Cowboys.
Babcock won the 1981 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress—Drama Series for her work on Hill Street Blues. She appeared in 16 episodes of the NBC police drama as Grace Gardner from 1981 to 1986. She starred in the short-lived TV series The Four Seasons in 1984, Mr. Sunshine in 1986 and The Law & Harry McGraw in 1987.
From 1993 to 1998, she played the role of Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1993. (However, the Emmy Awards website lists the nomination for 1995.) She was voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1994. After completion of the show in 1998, she appeared in The Pretender, Chicago Hope, Frasier and Judging Amy. From 2001 to 2002, she played the role of the mother of Dana Delany's character in the Fox drama series Pasadena. Since 2004, Babcock has not done film or television roles.
Babcock went to "remote areas of the world as an assistant on scientific expeditions. And, she was awarded a patent for a shampoo she and another actress developed."
|1968||Day of the Evil Gun||Angie Warfield|
|1969||Heaven with a Gun||Mrs. Andrews|
|1971||The Last Child||Shelley Drumm|
|1973||Bang the Drum Slowly||Team Owner|
|1974||Chosen Survivors||Dr. Lenore Chrisman|
|1977||Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A.||Rachel Sullivan|
|1978||Operating Room||Jean Lawrence|
|1979||Survival of Dana||Lorna Sims|
|1980||The Black Marble||Madeline Whitfield|
|1981||Back Roads||Rickey's Mom|
|1982||Memories Never Die||Louise Lowry|
|1983||Quarterback Princess||Judy Maida|
|The Lords of Discipline||Abigail St. Croix|
|1984||Attack on Fear||Jane Dutton|
|1985||That Was Then... This Is Now||Mrs. Douglas|
|1986||News at Eleven||Joanna Steckler|
|1989||Happy Together||Ruth Carpenter|
|Heart of Dixie||Coralee Claibourne|
|1990||A Family for Joe||Miss Quinn Collins|
|1992||Far and Away||Nora Christie|
|1993||Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert||Rhonda Devon|
|1996||A Mother's Instinct||Mrs. Mitchell|
|1997||Childhood Sweetheart?||Rose Carlson|
|1999||A Vow to Cherish||Ellen Brighton|
|Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie||Dorothy Jennings|
|2000||Space Cowboys||Barbara Corvin|
|2002||Home Alone 4||Molly|
|1961||NBC Sunday Showcase||Annie Lee||1 episode|
|1963||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis||Pamela Osborne||1 episode|
|1965||The Munsters||Miss Guthrie||1 episode|
|1966–1967||Green Hornet||Elaine Carey||2 episodes|
|1967||The Lucy Show||English Teacher||1 episode|
|1968||Mission: Impossible||Major Maria Felder||1 episode|
|1967–1968||Star Trek||Mea 3/Philana/voice-over work||"A Taste of Armageddon" and
plus 4 other episodes
|1969||Family Affair||Pamela||1 episode|
|1967–1970||Hogan's Heroes||Mama Bear/Maria Schmidt||3 episodes|
|1971||Night Gallery||Flora Alden||1 episode|
|1972||FBI||Mary Hale||1 episode|
|1972||Banyon||Caroline Wheeler||1 episode|
|1973||Shaft||Jane Cunningham||1 episode|
|Love, American Style||Anna Scott||1 episode|
|1968–1973||Mannix||Ellen West||4 episodes|
|1975||The Streets of San Francisco||Judith 'Judy' Tyrell||1 episode|
|1976||Starsky and Hutch||Ellen Forbes||1 episode|
|1977||McMillan & Wife||Lydia Corman||1 episode|
|Quincy, M.E.||Melissa Asten||1 episode|
|The Rockford Files||Karen Hall||1 episode|
|1978||Logan's Run||Marianne||1 episode|
|1979||Salem's Lot||June Petrie||TV miniseries|
|1980||Benson||Lily Maxwell||1 episode|
|Flo||Louise Browning||1 episode|
|1978–1982||Dallas||Liz Craig||16 episodes|
|1983||Cheers||Lana Marshall||1 episode|
|1984||The Four Seasons||Lorraine Elliot||13 episodes|
|1985||Hotel||Monica Shawcross||1 episode|
|1986||Mr. Sunshine||Mrs. June Swinford||11 episodes|
|1981–1982, 1984, 1986||Hill Street Blues||Grace Gardner||16 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress
in a Drama Series (1981)
|1987||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Cissie Enright||1 episode
CableACE Award for
Outstanding Actress in
a Dramatic Series (1988)
|Remington Steele||Marisa Peters||2 episodes|
|1987–1988||The Law & Harry McGraw||Ellie Maginnis||16 episodes|
|1989–1990||Empty Nest||Paula Conroy||2 episodes|
|1990||The Golden Girls||Charmaine Hollingsworth||1 episode|
|China Beach||Lt. Col. Libby Heiss||1 episode|
|1991||Wings||Mae Hackett||1 episode|
|1985–1993||Murder, She Wrote||Various roles||5 episodes|
|1993–1998||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Dorothy Jennings||100 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress
in a Drama Series (1995)
|1998||Chicago Hope||Beverly Kronk||2 episodes|
|2000||The Pretender||Edna Raines||2 episodes|
|2001||Frasier||Penelope Janvier||1 episode|
|2001–2002||Pasadena||Lillian Greeley||8 episodes|
|2002–2004||Judging Amy||Diane McCarty||2 episodes|
- "Barbara Babcock "intriguing"". Pennsylvania, Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Times. April 17, 1982. p. 16. Retrieved February 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "State Secrets". Indiana, Kokomo. The Kokomo Tribune. November 13, 1987. p. 24. Retrieved February 23, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Awards Search: Barbara Babcock". Television Academy. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
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