Bobbi Jordan

Roberta Carol "Bobbi" Jordan (née Bartlett; July 11, 1937 – November 9, 2012) was an American actress whose television and film credits included the soap opera General Hospital and the 1974 musical film Mame.[1][2] Her name is sometimes seen as Bobbie Jordan.[3]

Bobbi Jordan
Roberta Carol Bartlett

July 11, 1937
DiedNovember 9, 2012, age 75
Other namesRoberta Carol Jordan
Bobbie Jordan

Early yearsEdit

Jordan was born and raised in Hardinsburg, Kentucky.[1] She moved from Kentucky to Chicago, and then to Los Angeles, originally to study and pursue opera.[1] Jordan had to take jobs as a waitress in California. A club manager overheard her singing in the kitchen and offered her a role in the club's musical.[1] She was given the lead in the club's Cinderella production, which soon led to a contract with the William Morris talent agency.[1]


Jordan debuted as a series regular in a 1966 ABC television series, The Rounders,[1][2] in the role of Ada.[4]:912 She also co-starred in the role of Tootsie Woodley in the CBS series Blondie, beginning in 1968.[4]

She later co-starred as Terri Webber Arnett, a singer and former nightclub singer, on General Hospital during the mid-1970s.[1] She remained as a series regular on General Hospital from March 1976 until September 1977. Jordan was also a series regular in the role of Estelle on the short-lived CBS series Joe and Sons,[4]:536 and she played Judy Overmeyer in the 1978–1979 NBC sitcom, Turnabout,[4]:1113 written by Steven Bochco.[1][2]

She appeared in guest roles on The Odd Couple, Charlie's Angels, Diff'rent Strokes, One Day at a Time, Quincy M.E., Nero Wolfe, Highway to Heaven, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, Love, American Style, and Ironside.[1][2]

Jordan pursued film roles as well. She was cast as a waitress in the 1967 film A Guide for the Married Man, starring Walter Matthau.[1] She also was featured in Mame, a 1974 musical starring Lucille Ball and Bea Arthur, as an Irish maid who ends up marrying Mame's ward.[1]

She remained a stage actress throughout her career, including a leading role in the first national tour of the musical comedy Company, by Stephen Sondheim.[1] Her additional credits included South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, and Damn Yankees.


Jordan died of a heart attack at her home in Encinitas, California on November 9, 2012, at the age of 75.[2] She was predeceased by her late husband of 43 years, television writer William "Bill" Jacobson (September 22, 1919 – July 19, 2011), whom she married on October 23, 1968.[5] Jacobson had been the lead writer for The Kate Smith Show in 1960.[1] She was survived by her son, screenwriter Jordan Roberts (born Bruce Robert Jordan on June 19, 1957), two grandchildren, Brandon and Cameron, and her stepdaughter, Jessie Jacobson.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Barnes, Mike (November 26, 2012). "Actress Bobbi Jordan Dies at 75". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Actress Bobbi Jordan dies, Was former star of 'General Hospital'". Variety. November 26, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  3. ^ Wilson, Scott (August 22, 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 386. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  5. ^ Barnes, Mike (August 5, 2011). "Bill Jacobson, Comedy Writer From TV's Golden Era, Dies at 91". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 8, 2012.

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