Barbara Perry (actress)
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Barbara Perry (June 22, 1921 – May 5, 2019) was an American actress, singer and dancer who worked in Hollywood and on Broadway.
|Born||June 22, 1921|
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||May 5, 2019 (aged 97)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer|
|Spouse(s)||Bennett Warren James (1953–1965; divorced)|
Art Babbitt (1967–1992; his death)
Perry was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Her father, William Covington Perry, of Hopewell, Virginia, was a classical and jazz keyboardist/orchestra+band conductor/orchestral arranger with the Happiness Boys, the New York NBC Radio Studios' (Blue Network) "Interwoven Stocking Co. Hour", his own band called "Perry's Hot Dogs", with Ben Selvin and his Orchestra, and with many Broadway shows. He died of tuberculosis in Banning, California on October 30, 1936. Her mother, Victoria Mae (Gates) Perry of New Castle, Pennsylvania, sang soprano in the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, at the Old Metropolitan Opera House, starting around 1925, under General Manager Giulio Gatti-Casazza.
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Being separated from her husband around the time she sang with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, as a form of "childcare", she enlisted her only daughter, Barbara, as a member of the children's ballet of the Met's corps de ballet. This was the start of Barbara's lifelong dance training and career. Barbara's daughter also became an international opera singer in the 1980s, and her ancestor, Harriett Bellows Pierce, "... was educated in a college of music in Boston. She gave music and singing lessons on the frontier" while emigrating West.
She headlined as a solo dancer (ballet-tap) in many top line nightclubs internationally, including work on Broadway and off-Broadway, in various productions. She was Eddie Foy Jr.'s dance partner, playing Anna in "Rumple" at the Alvin Theatre in 1957, starring Gretchen Wyler and Stephen Douglass, and with a young Elliott Gould in the Chorus. In 1950 she was Mrs. Larry in Happy as Larry on Broadway.
By the mid-1950s to the early-1960s, she had studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England, while performing opposite George Formby, Warde Donovan, and Sara Gregory in Zip Goes a Million at the Hippodrome and Palace Theatres, and upon her return to the USA had started appearing in numerous television series such as The Donna Reed Show, The Andy Griffith Show, My Three Sons, and The Dick Van Dyke Show, where she played Buddy Sorrell's wife Pickles, before being replaced by Joan Shawlee.
She also played Thelma Brockwood on The Hathaways.
Perry's last known role was in the television series Baskets.
Perry was first married to Bennett Warren James on December 13, 1953, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino where she was headlining in the nightclub. Seymour Felix, Perry's producer, gave her away, as well as arranged and paid for the wedding. They divorced in Los Angeles, California on April 2, 1965. They had one daughter, Laurel Lee James.
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|1933||Counsellor at Law||Dorothy Dwight|
|1935||The Mystery of Edwin Drood||Schoolgirl||Uncredited|
|1944||Hi, Beautiful||Specialty dancer||Uncredited|
|1945||An Angel Comes to Brooklyn||Barbara|
|1949||I Was a Male War Bride||Tall WAC|
|1960||From the Terrace||Blonde||Uncredited|
|1962||Period of Adjustment||Cherylynn Anderson||Uncredited|
|1964||The Naked Kiss||Edna|
|1965||Mirage||Dr. Broden's Receptionist||Uncredited|
|1971||Thief||Mrs. Risman||Television film|
|1978||Operation Room||Television film|
|1980||Marilyn: The Untold Story||Television film|
|1983||I Take These Men||Professor Ann Bromfield||Television film|
|1984||Trancers||Mrs. Santa Claus|
|1989||Trust Me||Severe Woman|
|1990||Polly Comin' Home!||Mrs. Clayton|
|1991||Father of the Bride||Female Factory Worker|
|1993||Double Deception||Lil Paxton|
|2007||Mr. Woodcock||Old Woman|
|2010||The Back-up Plan||Wedding Singer|
|2011||Let Go||Sweet Old Lady|
|2012||The Tango Singer||Bertha Gardes|
|2015||Everybody Does It||Grandma|
|1948||Rooftop Rendezvous||Herself||Season 1, Ep. 5|
|1955||The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse||Herself||1 episode|
|1957||The Ed Sullivan Show||Herself||Season 11, Ep. 12|
|1959||The Thin Man||Binky||1 episode|
|1959||The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp||Phronsie LaTour||1 episode|
|1960||The Twilight Zone||Blonde Woman||Episode: The Chaser|
|1960||The Jim Backus Show||Lollypop||1 episode|
|1960||The Donna Reed Show||Buffie||Season 1 - Episode 6|
|1961||Thriller||Babs Dawson||1 episode|
|1961-1962||The Dick Van Dyke Show||Pickles Sorrell||2 episodes|
|1961-1962||The Hathaways||Thelma Brockwood / Thelma Blackwood||6 episodes|
|1962||Pete and Gladys||Betty / Carol||2 episodes|
|1963||The Joey Bishop Show||Shopper||Episode: Two Little Maids Are We|
|1963-1966||The Andy Griffith Show||Floss / Doris Williams / Lavinia / Mary Lee Becktel||4 episodes|
|1964-1972||My Three Sons||Mrs. Thompson / Mrs. Hoover||3 episodes|
|1964||The Fugitive||Woman in hall||Episode: Rat in a Corner|
|1964||The Farmer's Daughter||Connie||Episode: The Turkish Delight|
|1964||Arrest and Trial||Clara||Episode: Those Which Love Has Made|
|1964||The Cara Williams Show||Miss Bertrand||Episode: The Wedding Rehearsal|
|1965||My Favorite Martian||Miss Hotchkiss||Episode: Martin of the Movies|
|1965-1966||Perry Mason||Girl Assistant / Beauty Operator||2 episodes|
|1966||The Lucy Show||Blonde Customer / The Housewife||2 episodes|
|1966||Family Affair||Bess Melville||Episode: Buffy|
|1966||Daniel Boone||Lydia Dorsey||Episode: The Loser's Race|
|1967||Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.||Den Mother||Episode: Gomer, the Good Samaritan|
|1968||Bewitched||Mrs. Bentley / Mrs. MacLane||2 episodes|
|1970||Room 222||Pearl||Episode: The Whole World Can Hear You|
|1970||The Bill Cosby Show||Mrs. Perry||Episode: Open House|
|1971||Adam-12||Wilma Engles||Episode: Log 26: LEMRAS|
|1973||Needles and Pins||Mrs. Martindale||Episode: It Was a Very Good Line|
|1975||Joe and Sons||Theresa||Episode: Joe's Date|
|1980||Barnaby Jones||Mitzi||Episode: The Final Victim|
|1982||Trapper John, M.D.||Registrar||Episode: Doctors and Other Strangers|
|1982||Benson||Mary Colton||Episode: Mary and Her Lambs|
|1983||St. Elsewhere||Dietician||Episode: Rain|
|1984||The Duck Factory||Aunt Pauline||Episode: The Annies|
|1984||Newhart||Tourist||Episode: Tickets, Please|
|1989||Quantum Leap||Theora Beaman||Episode: Good Morning, Peoria - September 9, 1959|
|1989||The Magical World of Disney||Woman||Episode: Polly|
|1989||Dallas||Ms. Perkins||Episode: Sex, Lies and Videotape|
|1989||Murder, She Wrote||Party Guest||Episode: Town Father|
|1990||Murphy Brown||Secretary #39||Episode: The Last Laugh|
|1992||Parker Lewis Can't Lose||Auntie Em||Episode: Civil Wars|
|1992||Married... with Children||Old Lady||Episode: Psychic Avengers|
|1997||Alright Already||Lillian||Episode: Again with the Funeral|
|2000||Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||1 episode|
|2003||The Guardian||Woman||Episode: Carnival|
|2009||The Unit||Old Woman||Episode: The Last Nazi|
|2009-2014||How I Met Your Mother||Mrs. Douglas||2 episodes|
|2011||Perfect Couples||Aunt Bertha||Episode: Perfect Wedding|
|2013||Work It||Elderly Woman #1||Episode: My So-Called Mid-Life Crisis|
|2014||Review||Episode: Making a Sex Tape; Being a Racist; Hunting|
|2017||Baskets||Gift Shop Employee||Episode: Ronald Reagan Library|
- "Nine And A Half Questions With Barbara Perry Babbitt". Animation World Network. February 12, 2002. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
- "Barbara Perry". The New York Times. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
- "Talking with Barbara Perry". Georgeformby.co.uk. 1999. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
- Ramos, Dino-Ray (May 5, 2019). "Barbara Perry Dies: 'The Dick Van Dyke Show', 'Baskets' Actress Was 97". Deadline.
- "Barbara Perry, Actress on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show,' Dies at 97". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 6, 2019.