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Barbara Bates

Barbara Bates

Film actress Barbara Bates was a film actress of the 1940s and 1950s. The former ballet dancer and teen model won a trip to Hollywood and ended up meeting her publicist husband and starting an acting career while there. Bates spent several years as a stock actress at 20th Century-Fox but it wasn't until Warner Bros. signed her up in 1947 and highlighted her girl-next-door image that got her acting career going. She appeared with some of the biggest stars of the day; including Bette Davis in June Bride (1948) and Danny Kaye in The Inspector General (1949). Her best-known role may have been in All About Eve, when she played the scheming and manipulative Phoebe. In 1954, Bates was a regular on the TV sitcom It's a Great Life. She became a victim of extreme mood swings, and chronic depression to the point of being fired from a few films in the 1950s. By 1958, after a short stint trying to re-establish her career in Europe, Bates left show biz and moved back to her home town of Denver. She was found dead in her garage in 1969 from carbon monoxide poisoning, suicide just four months after the beginning of her second marriage.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Barbara Bates Facts

BirthdayAugust 6, 1925
BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, USA
Date of deathMarch 18, 1969 (Denver, Colorado, USA, age 43)

Selected Filmography

All About Eve
Frankie & Johnny
The Inspector General
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection
Cheaper By The Dozen
Alfred Hitchcock
I Remember Mama
War & Remembrance
Primary Colors
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