Barbara Whiting Smith (May 19, 1931 – June 9, 2004) was an American actress and singer.
|Died||June 9, 2004 (aged 73)|
Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
|Other names||Barbara Whiting Smith|
(m. 1951; died 1991)
|Relatives||Margaret Whiting (sister)|
Her movie career began with the 1945 film, Junior Miss, a movie based on her popular radio show by the same name. This was followed by nine other starring roles until she married Gail Smith and retired.
Whiting's radio career was what she was most known for during her lifetime. In 1948 she began to star in CBS's Junior Miss. It was one of the most successful radio shows of the time especially with younger audiences.
On February 8, 1960, Barbara was honored with a star at 6443 Hollywood Boulevard, in the television section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Personal life and deathEdit
Barbara was a "longtime volunteer" at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, Pontiac, Michigan. She lived a quiet life, dedicated to her son Richard.
Select film creditsEdit
- Junior Miss (1945) - Fuffy Adams
- Centennial Summer (1946) - Susanna Rogers
- Home, Sweet Homicide (1946) - Jo-Ella Holbrook
- Carnival in Costa Rica (1947) - Maria Molina
- City Across the River (1949) - Annie Kane
- I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951) - Ellen Cooper
- Beware, My Lovely (1952) - Ruth Williams
- Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (1952) - Suzy Milligan
- Dangerous When Wet (1953) - Suzie Higgins
- Paris Follies of 1956 (1955) (with sister Margaret Whiting) - Barbara Walton
Select television appearancesEdit
- The Ed Sullivan Show
- Starlight Theatre (1950)
- The Bigelow Theatre (1951)
- Dragnet (1954)
- The Public Defender (1954) - Elly Black / Torry
- Fireside Theatre (1955) - Marian
- The Jimmy Durante Show (1955) - Herself - Suzy the Hatcheck Girl
- TV Reader's Digest (1956) - Birdie
- The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (1956) - Herself - Singer
- Men of Annapolis (1957) - Willie (Wilhelmina)
Select radio creditsEdit
- "Film Actress Barbara Whiting Smith Dies". The Index-Journal. June 13, 2004. p. 4. Retrieved August 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Heckman, Dan (January 13, 2011). "Margaret Whiting dies at 86; pop singer mentored by Johnny Mercer". Los Angeles Times.
- "Premiere Set for New Show". The Daily Herald. June 27, 1955. p. 17. Retrieved August 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Barbara Whiting Smith". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Barbara Whiting And Ad Man Marry". The Times. May 11, 1959. p. 27. Retrieved August 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "(movie ad)". Brownwood Bulletin. June 13, 1956. p. 2. Retrieved August 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.