Barbara Parkins (born May 22, 1942) is a Canadian-American former actress, singer, and dancer.
Kevin Norte and Barbara Parkins at a benefit reading of Valley of the Dolls in Hollywood on June 13, 2006
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer, photographer and artist|
|Children||Christina (born 1986)|
Parkins was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. At the age of 16, her adoptive mother and she moved to Los Angeles, where she enrolled at Hollywood High School and studied acting, tap, ballet and fencing at the Falcon School, where her mother played the piano.
Parkins worked as an usher in a cinema to pay for drama lessons.
Parkins began her career as a backup singer and dancer in the nightclub acts of stars, like comedian George Burns. She made her film debut in the 1961 low-budget crime caper, 20,000 Eyes, and guest-starred in television series, such as Leave It to Beaver, The Untouchables, Perry Mason and The Wide Country.
Parkins was involved in two of the most highly publicized projects of the 1960s, the ABC primetime serial Peyton Place, and the film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel, Valley of the Dolls.
In Peyton Place, Parkins received lead billing for her role as small-town bad girl Betty Anderson. The character was scripted to die in a car crash six weeks into the season, but audience reaction to Parkins was overwhelmingly favorable and her character was kept in the story line. In a late-1965 interview, the actress said she was lucky to have the role of Anderson, calling her character the “salt and pepper in the stew.”
Parkins was the only female star in the series through its entire run (1964–1969). In 1966, she was nominated for an Emmy Award as Best Actress in a Lead Role in a Dramatic Series, but lost to Barbara Stanwyck for The Big Valley. Parkins said while losing the award was painful, she was glad to have lost it to Stanwick instead of Anne Francis, who was also nominated and whose work Parkins thought was “unfeminine.”
Following the close of Peyton Place, producer Paul Monash developed a spin-off series, The Girl from Peyton Place, for Parkins. However, when co-star Ryan O'Neal, who played her husband, declined to participate, the project was shelved.
In Valley of the Dolls, Parkins played Anne Welles, a character based on author Susann. The Welles character was described as "the good girl with a million-dollar face and all the bad breaks." Although the film was trashed by the critics, it was a commercial success and became a cult classic.
After visiting London in 1968 to be a bridesmaid in the wedding of Valley of the Dolls co-star Sharon Tate and director Roman Polanski, Parkins moved to England, where she starred in several productions, including Puppet on a Chain, Shout at the Devil, and The Mephisto Waltz. Parkins said she moved to London because it was relaxed, simple and she loved its traditions.
Parkins posed for nude pictorials in the May 1967, February 1970 and May 1976 editions of Playboy magazine.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Parkins appeared on American television in series that included Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill, Captains and the Kings and The Testimony of Two Men, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel, and Vega$. She appeared in television movies, including To Catch a King, in which she portrayed the Duchess of Windsor, and opposite Sharon Stone in The Calendar Girl Murders.
Parkins returned to the role of Betty Anderson in Peyton Place: The Next Generation (1985), a one-shot sequel to the series.
In 1991, Parkins starred in Canadian mystery series Scene of the Crime. She appeared in two Susann-inspired projects, the biography Scandalous Me and a segment of the Lifetime series Intimate Portrait.
In the late 1960s, Parkins was linked to several men, including Omar Sharif, Adam West, David Hedison, and Marcel Marceau, but insisted most of the stories were made up by gossip magazines.
|1961||20,000 Eyes||High School Girl|
|1967||Valley of the Dolls||Anne Welles|
|1970||The Kremlin Letter||B.A.|
|1971||The Mephisto Waltz||Roxanne Delancey|
|The Deadly Trap||Cynthia|
|Puppet on a Chain||Maggie|
|A Taste of Evil||Susan Wilcox||TV movie|
|1973||Snatched||Barbara Maxvill||TV movie|
|1976||Law of the Land||Jane Adams||TV movie|
|Shout at the Devil||Rosa O'Flynn/Oldsmith|
|Captains and the Kings||Martinique||TV miniseries|
|1977||Testimony of Two Men||Marjorie Ferrier/Hilda Eaton||TV miniseries|
|Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy||Vanessa Hunt||TV movie|
|1978||Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women||Anna Held||TV movie|
|The Critical List||Angela Adams||TV movie|
|1979||Bear Island||Judith Rubin|
|1981||The Manions of America||Charlotte Kent||TV miniseries|
|1982||Breakfast in Paris||Jackie Wyatt|
|1983||Uncommon Valor||Dr. Margaret Houghton||TV movie|
|1984||To Catch a King||Duchess of Windsor||TV movie|
|Calendar Girl Murders||Cleo Banks||TV movie|
|1985||Peyton Place: The Next Generation||Betty Anderson||TV movie|
|1986||Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun||Ellen Cartwright||TV movie|
|1998||Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story||Annie Laurie Williams||TV movie|
|1964-69||Peyton Place||Betty Anderson||1-5||Nominated for an Emmy Award|
|1974||Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill||Leonie||1|
|1991||Scene of the Crime||Various characters||1|
|The Untouchables||2||1961||Girl (uncredited)||The Lily Dallas Story||Episode 21|
|The Tall Man||2||1961||Sue Wiley||Shadow of the Past||Episode 5|
|Leave It to Beaver||5||1961||Judy Walker||No Time for Babysitters||Episode 2|
|87th Precinct||1||1961||Mary||Lady Killer||Episode 3|
|Wagon Train||5||1961||Eve||The Mark Miner Story||Episode 6|
|General Electric Theater||10||1961||Betty||We're Holding Your Son||Episode 11|
|General Electric Theater||10||1961||Ruth||A Friendly Tribe||Episode 15|
|My Three Sons||2||1962||Bobbie||Coincidence||Episode 30|
|The Wide Country||1||1962||Sharon Crosley||Our Ernie Kills People||Episode 7|
|Perry Mason||6||1962||Paula Durham||The Case of the Unsuitable Uncle||Episode 7|
|Dr. Kildare||2||1962||Annie||The Soul Killer||Episode 9|
|Laramie||4||1963||Marilee Bishop||The Wedding Party||Episode 17|
|The Wide Country||1||1963||Billie Kidwell||The Lucky Punch||Episode 2|
|Ghost Story (TV series) (a.k.a.Circle of Fear)||1||1972||Eileen Travis||The New House||Pilot episode|
|Born Free||1||1974||Opal Vanek||Episode 13|
|Gibbsville||1||1976||Jenny||"All the Young Girls"||Episode 4|
|Vega$||3||1980||Lani||"Aloha, You're Dead" (Part 1 & Part 2)||Episode 1 & 2|
|Fantasy Island||4||1980||Lorna Hendricks||The Love Doctor/Pleasure Palace/Possessed||Episode 5|
|Hotel||1||1983||Eileen Weston||Faith, Hope & Charity||Episode 8|
|The Love Boat||8||1984||-||Only the Good Die Young/The Light of Another Day/Honey Beats the Odds||Episode 5|
|Jake and the Fatman||1||1988||Candace Morgan||But Not for Me||Episode 14|
|Murder, She Wrote||6||1989||Kay Weber||The Error of Her Ways||Episode 4|
|Picket Fences||4||1996||Lucy Wanamaker||Forget Selma||Episode 20|
|Superman: The Animated Series||2||1998||Mother Box (voice)||"Apokolips... Now!" (Part 1 & Part 2)||Episode 25 & 26|
- Parkins biography, filmreference.com, retrieved January 26, 2010
- Spaner, David. Dreaming in The Rain (2003). Arsenal Pulp Press, ISBN 1-55152-129-6, p. 5
- "Actress Barbara Parkins Once Ushered at Movies" by Bob Thomas, Nashua Telegraph, December 22, 1965, p. 9
- "No. 1 Girl in 'Peyton Place'" by Hal Humphrey, The Oakland Tribune, June 5, 1966, p. 26-EN
- Clark, John."Speaking Of Dvds: Barbara Parkins", SFGate.com, June 11, 2006
- "Barbara Parkins talks about the men in her life" by Gene Handsaker, Independent, September 8, 1970, p. 16
- Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Series, Pilots and Specials: 1974-1984 (1985), Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG. ISBN 0-918432-61-8, pp. 34, 75, 264, 409
- Parkins film listing fandango.com, retrieved January 26, 2010
- Internet Movie Database listing, Parkins imdb.com, retrieved January 26, 2010