Barbara Rhoades (born March 23, 1946) 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.
|Born||March 23, 1946|
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Barbara Rhodes|
|Spouse(s)||Bernie Orenstein (1979–present)|
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
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.
For 18 months on Broadway, Rhoades had the role of a showgirl in the musical Funny Girl (1964). She gained other stage experience in summer stock productions at the Cecilwood Theater in Fishkill, New York.
Rhoades married Bernie Orenstein, a television producer.
|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|
|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|
|2003||Law & Order||Kathy McGarity||1 episode|
|2011||One Life to Live||Irene Manning|
- Born 1946 per familysearch.org, 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.
- "Barbara Rhoades Lands Bumper Morgan". Poughkeepsie Journal. September 16, 1976. p. 19. Retrieved April 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Pack, Harvey. "A Long, Tall, Cool One". The Tampa Tribune:TV Week. King Features Syndicate, Inc. p. 16. Retrieved April 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Barbara Rhoades Biography (1947-)". FilmReference.com. Archived from the original on March 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
- "County Girl Starring In Universal Pictures". Poughkeepsie Journal. May 13, 1967. p. 8. Retrieved April 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Barbara Rhoades". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on 4 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- 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 Newspapers.com.