Barbara Rhoades

Barbara Rhoades (born March 23, 1946)[1] is an American actress, known primarily for her comedy and mystery roles, especially as lady bandit Penelope "Bad Penny" Cushings in The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968). She had a recurring role on Soap, as Maggie Chandler, Jodie Dallas' future wife.

Barbara Rhoades
Born (1946-03-23) March 23, 1946 (age 74)
Other namesBarbara Rhodes
Barbara Orenstein
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)Bernie Orenstein (1979–present)

Early yearsEdit

Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, Rhoades is the daughter of Sherry Rhoades. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes High School.[2] She began taking dancing lessons when she was 7 years old.[3]


Rhoades began acting in the late 1960s, appearing in guest roles on several television series, including It Takes a Thief, Ironside, Mannix, McMillan & Wife, Columbo, Kojak, Starsky & Hutch, Alias Smith and Jones, Love, American Style, The Odd Couple, The Six Million Dollar Man, Bewitched, Maude, Trapper John, M.D.,The Partridge Family, Murder, She Wrote and Law & Order. She was a regular cast member of the 1977 situation comedy Busting Loose, portraying Melody Feebeck, and in 1989, as Jessica Gardner on Generations[4]

In 1967, Rhoades signed a long-term exclusive contract with Universal Pictures.[5]

Rhoades appeared in a number of films during the 1970s, including There Was a Crooked Man... (1970), opposite Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda, and Up the Sandbox (1972) starring Barbra Streisand. She played a police officer, "No Balls" Hadley, in 1977's The Choirboys and a Las Vegas hooker who picks up Art Carney along the road during his Oscar-winning performance in Harry and Tonto (1974). She also had roles in Scream Blacula Scream (1973) and The Goodbye Girl (1977) and was a frequent panelist on the popular 1970s game show Match Game, hosted by Gene Rayburn. In 2007, she appeared in First Born with Elisabeth Shue.[citation needed]

In 2011, she had a recurring role on the American soap opera One Life to Live as Irene Manning, childhood best friend of Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak).

For 18 months[5] on Broadway, Rhoades had the role of a showgirl in the musical Funny Girl (1964).[6] She gained other stage experience in summer stock productions at the Cecilwood Theater in Fishkill, New York.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Rhoades married Bernie Orenstein, a television producer.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West Penelope 'Bad Penny' Cushings
Don't Just Stand There! Kendall Flanagan
1970 There Was a Crooked Man... Miss Jessie Brundidge
1972 Up the Sandbox Dr. Bolden
1973 Scream Blacula Scream Elaine
Little Cigars Helen Credited as Barbara Rhodes
Alternative title: The Little Cigars Mob
1974 Harry and Tonto Stephanie
1976 The Great Houdini Margery Crandon
1977 The Choirboys No Balls Hadley
1977 The Goodbye Girl Donna
1980 Serial Vivian
2007 First Born Nancy
Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Virginian Josie Episode: "With Help from Ulysses"
1968 It Takes a Thief Hilda Episode: "A Spot of Trouble"
1968 Mannix Billie Season 2 episode 02 "Comes Up rose"
1969 Love, American Style Bunny Season 1, Episode 2, Vignette: "Love and the Unlikely Couple"
Credited as Barbara Rhodes
1970 The Partridge Family La Von Episode: "Danny and the Mob"
1971 Bewitched Aretha Episode: "The House That Uncle Arthur Built "
1972 McCloud Susan Episode: "Give My Regrets to Broadway"
1972 Mission: Impossible Vicki Wells 1 episode
1972–1973 McMillan and Wife 4 episodes
1973 Kojak Joanna Ferro Episode: "Web of Death"
1973 Night Gallery Julie Episode: "Something in the Woodwork"
1973 Police Story Marnie Episode: "Slow Boy"
1974 Happy Days Bubbles McCall Episode: "The Skin Game"
1974 The Odd Couple Lucy Episode: "Our Fathers"
1974 Nakia Jackie Thayer Episode: "Roots of Anger"
1975 Petrocelli Virginia Halima 1 episode
1975 Ellery Queen Veronica Vale 1 episode
1975 Columbo Joyce Episode: "Identity Crisis"
1975 Starsky and Hutch Robin Morton Episode: "Shootout"
1975 The Six Million Dollar Man Kelly Wixted Episode: "Target in the Sky"
1976 The Blue Knight Carrie 4 episodes
1976 Sanford and Son Gladys 3 episodes
1977 Busting Loose Melody Feebeck Regular (21 episodes)
1977 Match Game Herself ('77-'82)
1978 Quark Princess Carna Episode: "The Old and the Beautiful"
1978 The Love Boat Di Di Donnelly 1 episode
1978 Maude Maggie Gallagher Episode: "Maude's Big Move: Part 3"
1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries Alicia Episode "Murder! Murder!"
1979 Hanging In Maggie Gallagher 4 episodes
1979 Super Train 1 episode (February 1979 episode 2)
1979–1981 Password Plus Herself 15 episodes
1980–1981 Soap Maggie Chandler 10 episodes
1982 Magnum, P.I. Marcella Ziller 1 episode
1984 Murder, She Wrote Barbara Stevenson 1 episode
1985 Cagney & Lacey Cece Wentworth 1 episode
1986 You Again? Maggie Davis 4 episodes
1988 Charles in Charge Pat Walker 1 episode
1988 Murder, She Wrote Flo Oakes 1 episode
1989 Generations Jessica Gardner series regular
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Daphne Dumont 1 episode
1991 Over My Dead Body Det. Loraine McBride 1 episode
1993 Diagnosis Murder Marcy Blake 1 episode
1995 Marker Woman 1 episode
2003 Law & Order Kathy McGarity 1 episode
2011 One Life to Live Irene Manning


  1. ^ Born 1946 per, giving her age at 32 in February 1979 when she married Bernie Orenstein; also, Intelius gives her age as of October 6, 2016 as 70.
  2. ^ "Barbara Rhoades Lands Bumper Morgan". Poughkeepsie Journal. September 16, 1976. p. 19. Retrieved April 4, 2018 – via  
  3. ^ Pack, Harvey. "A Long, Tall, Cool One". The Tampa Tribune:TV Week. King Features Syndicate, Inc. p. 16. Retrieved April 4, 2018 – via  
  4. ^ "Barbara Rhoades Biography (1947-)". Archived from the original on March 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  5. ^ a b c "County Girl Starring In Universal Pictures". Poughkeepsie Journal. May 13, 1967. p. 8. Retrieved April 4, 2018 – via  
  6. ^ "Barbara Rhoades". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on 4 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  7. ^ Lardine, Bob (October 14, 1979). "Like Redford, Barbara Rhoades works only when she wants to". Orlando Sentinel. New York Daily News. p. 2-F. Retrieved April 4, 2018 – via  

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