Denise DuBarry

Denise DuBarry Hay (March 6, 1956 – March 23, 2019) was an American actress, businesswoman, film producer, and philanthropist. She co-founded Thane International Inc., a direct response industry company along with her husband, Bill Hay, in 1990. She served as its Chief Creative Officer for 15 years, from 1990–2005. As an actress, she is best known for her role as nurse Lieutenant Samantha Green, on the television series Black Sheep Squadron, and as Johanna Franklin in the film Being There.

Denise DuBarry Hay
DuBarry in 1989
Born(1956-03-06)March 6, 1956
DiedMarch 23, 2019(2019-03-23) (aged 63)
OccupationActress, film producer, businesswoman, philanthropist
Connolly Kamornick Oyler
(m. 1975; div. 1976)

Gary Lockwood
(m. 1982; div. 1988)

William Hay
(m. 1992)

She was a pioneer in the infomercial industry as co-producer with Deborah Chenoweth of Play the Piano Overnight in 1988, which won the Billboard Music Award for Best Music Instruction Video that year and then Play the Guitar Overnight which won the 1991 Billboard Music Award for Best Music Instruction.

Early lifeEdit

DuBarry was born in Killeen, Texas, at Fort Hood Army Base, to Adrian Pierre DuBarry and his wife, Betty Louise (née King). Her parents moved back to Louisiana where they were from so that her father could finish his master's degree at LSU in Baton Rouge. The family later moved to Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica, where DuBarry grew up from ages 2 to 10, and learned to speak fluent Spanish. The family moved throughout California, eventually settling in Granada Hills, California, where Denise attended middle school and high school. A child of divorce and the eldest of five children, at 14 she watched after her siblings while her mother worked.


DuBarry practiced yoga starting in 1979. She founded and owned Malibu Yoga [1] in 1986 which catered to a celebrity clientele. She gave the studio to a friend in 1990 when she relocated. She was a partner in Palm Desert, California's Bikram Yoga University Village Studio.[2]



At age 18, she went to work for her father in his paper export business, DuBarry International, and took acting lessons at night with Milton Katselas and Charles E. Conrad. She was married briefly to her first husband, Connolly Kamornick Oyler, from late 1975 to 1976, when she started landing commercials for Michelob Beer, Chevrolet Camaro and worked as an extra in the kid's shows, Magic Mongo, Wonder Woman and she made an appearance on The Gong Show as beauty contestant, "Ms. Hold the Mayo".

She competed in several real beauty contests including Ms. Malibu where she won "Most Photogenic". She was hired to co-star in a CBS Movie of the Week, Deadman's Curve. She landed a regular role in the second season of the NBC World War II television series, Black Sheep Squadron, and had bit-parts in popular television shows, including Charlie's Angels. Trapper John, M.D. and Match Game '78. Director Hal Ashby cast her in a featured role in the 1979 film Being There.[3]


Having previously acted together in the 1980 television movie Top of the Hill, DuBarry and husband Gary Lockwood formed a production company, Xebec Productions, in 1982, and she began writing and fundraising for film development and production, while she continued to act. In 1985, she appeared in the cult film Monster in the Closet.


She met her future third husband Bill Hay through mutual friend Dick Robertson, then president of Warner Bros. Television Distribution. The couple formed[4] and produced and distributed,[5][6] Beat the Recession and a slew of other infomercials.


In 2005, DuBarry Hay founded Kaswit, Inc., a direct response marketing company. Two of Kaswit's top direct response projects are the infomercials: "Pilates Power Gym", and "Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog" with Don Sullivan, "The DogFather". Through her production company, Blue Moxie Entertainment (founded 2006), she produced a feature film, Shoot the Hero, first shown at the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival.


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Deadman's Curve Susan Credited as Denise Du Barry, TV film
1978 Skateboard Official
1979 Crisis in Mid-Air Jenny Sterling TV film
1979 Fast Friends Marcy TV film
1979 The Darker Side of Terror Ann Sweeney TV film
1979 Being There Johanna Franklin
1980 Top of the Hill Maria von Taub TV film
1981 The Devil and Max Devlin Stella's Secretary
1986 Beyond Reason Girl
1985 KGB: The Secret War Adèle Martin
1986 Monster in the Closet Prof. Diane Bennett
2017 Do It or Die Elaine Chaddick
2019 Walk to Vegas Denise
TBA Senior Moment Golfer post-production


DuBarry died at UCLA Medical Center on March 23, 2019, seventeen days after her 63rd birthday.[7] Her third husband, Bill Hay, confirmed that DuBarry Hay died after contracting a rare fungal illness, Candida auris. DuBarry was survived by her husband and her four children, actress Samantha Lockwood (from her first marriage, to Gary Lockwood), Adam Hay, Kyle Hay and Whitney Hay, as well as her parents, Pete DuBarry and Betty DuBarry Stein.[8]


  1. ^ Carrie McNamara (January 19, 1989). "Uptight People Try for a Stretch". pp. 12–13.
  2. ^ Folmer, James. "Actress takes on a new role: DuBarry Hay opens Bikram yoga studio", The Desert Sun, February 21, 2011, p. B5.5
  3. ^ Being There (film) profile,; accessed May 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Thane International
  5. ^ "Play the Guitar Overnight". Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Playboy's Secrets to Making Love to the Same Person Forever,; accessed May 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Goldstein, Joelle (2019-03-26). "Former CHiPs and Black Sheep Squadron Actress Denise DuBarry Hay Dies at 63 from Rare Illness". People. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  8. ^ Fessier, Bruce (2019-03-28). "Film industry leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist Denise DuBarry Hay dies of rare malady". Palm Springs Desert Sun. Retrieved 2019-12-01.

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