Barrie, Barbara 1931–

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BARRIE, Barbara 1931–


Full name, Barbara Ann Berman; born May 23, 1931, in Chicago, IL; daughter of Louis and Frances Rose (maiden name, Boruszak) Berman; married Jay Malcolm Harnick (a director and producer), July 23, 1964; children: Jane Caroline, Aaron Louis. Education: University of Texas at Austin, B.F.A., 1953; also graduated from Southwestern University; trained for the stage at Herbert Berghof Studio with Uta Hagen and Walt Whitcover. Religion: Jewish.

Addresses: Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 Tenth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Career: Actress and writer. Created Tomato Lightning (a spicy chutney), available in gourmet food stores.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America. Alpha Epsilon Phi (sorority).

Awards, Honors: Cannes International Film Festival Award, best actress, 1964, for One Potato, Two Potato; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best supporting actress in a musical, 1970, for Company; Los Angeles Drama Critics Award nomination, 1971, for The Little Foxes; Obie Award and Drama Desk Award, 1974, both for The Killdeer; Academy Award nomination, best supporting actress, 1980, for Breaking Away (film); Emmy Award nomination, 1981, for Breaking Away (television series); Emmy Award nomination, 1992, for Law & Order; Independent Spirit Award nomination, best supporting female, 2000, for Judy Berlin; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a drama series, 2003, for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.


Stage Appearances:

Janey Stewart, The Wooden Dish, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1955.

Elizabeth Proctor, The Crucible, New York City, 1958.

Hermia, A Midsummer Night's Dream, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1958–59.

Diana, All's Well That Ends Well, American Shakespeare Festival, 1958–59.

Anne Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, American Shakespeare Festival, 1958–59.

Player Queen, Hamlet, American Shakespeare Festival, 1958–59.

Dorcas, The Winter's Tale, American Shakespeare Festival, 1958–59.

The Beaux Stratagem, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1959.

Bianca, The Taming of the Shrew, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Conversations in the Dark, Theatre Guild, out–of–town tryout, 1964.

Helena, All's Well That Ends Well, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, 1966.

Happily Never After, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Horseman Pass By, New York City, 1966.

Viola, Twelfth Night, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, 1969.

Sarah, Company, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1970.

Birdie, The Little Foxes, Westwood Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1971.

Grace Mason, The Selling of the President, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1972.

Edna Edison, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 1972.

The Killdeer, Public Theatre, New York City, 1974.

Millie Michaels and Beth Hollender, California Suite, Los Angeles, then Eugene O'Neill Theatre, both 1976.

Lotte, Big and Little, Phoenix Theatre, then Marymount Playhouse, New York City, 1979.

Mrs. Beckoff, Torch Song Trilogy, Little Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Tasha Blumberg, Isn't It Romantic, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1984.

A Backer's Audition (workshop), Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1984.

Mary, Fugue, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1985–86.

Love Letters, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Irene/Ree, Daytrips, Judith Anderson Theatre, New York City, 1990.

Sarah, Company, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Renee Shredman, After–Play, Stage II, then Theatre Four, both Manhattan Theatre Club, 1995–96.

30 Days, 1999.

Current Events, off–Broadway production, 2000.

Yente, Fiddler on the Roof, Minskoff Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Also appeared as Maggie, Mi vida loca, Manhattan Theatre Club; Mary, Fugue, Syracuse Theatre, Syracuse, NY, and Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH.

Major Tours:

Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker, Theater Guild, European and Middle Eastern cities, 1961.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Mary Lou Decker, Giant, Warner Bros., 1956.

Edna, The Caretakers (also known as Borderlines), United Artists, 1963.

Julie Cullen Richards, One Potato, Two Potato, Cinema V, 1964.

Herself (Sarah), Original Cast Album: Company (documentary), Docurama, 1970.

Jay Cee, The Bell Jar, Avco–Embassy, 1979.

Evelyn Stohler, Breaking Away (also known as Bambino), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1979.

Harriet Benjamin, Private Benjamin, Warner Bros., 1980.

Mom Pirandello, Real Men, United Artists, 1987.

Jean Haney, End of the Line, Orion Classics, 1987.

Rachel Bonner, After the Rain (also known as The Passage), New Century/Vista Film Company, 1988.

Voice of Alcmene, Hercules' foster mother, Hercules (animated), Buena Vista, 1997.

Sue Berlin, Judy Berlin, The Shooting Gallery, 1999.

Barbara Trainer, 30 Days, Arrow Releasing, 1999.

Voice of Alcmene, Hercules: Zero to Hero (animated), 1999.

Mrs. Walsh, $pent, Regent Entertainment, 2000.

Dorothea, Second Best, Dream Entertainment, 2004.

Ruth, Fathers and Sons, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Ginny Crandall, Love of Life, CBS, 1960.

Norma Brodnik, Diana, NBC, 1973–74.

Elizabeth Miller, Barney Miller (also known as The Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller), ABC, 1975–76.

Evelyn Stohler, Breaking Away, ABC, 1980–81.

Ellen Hobbes, Tucker's Witch, CBS, 1982–83.

Elizabeth Potter, Reggie, ABC, 1983.

Margo Foster (aunt), Double Trouble, NBC, 1984–85.

Helen "Nana" Miller, Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1996–2000.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Kaati Fludjicki, 79 Park Avenue (also known as Harold Robbins' "79 Park Avenue"), NBC, 1977.

Dodie Brattle, Roots: The Next Generations, ABC, 1979.

Mamie Eisenhower, "The Trumans and Eisenhowers," Backstairs at the White House, NBC, 1979.

Mrs. Amberville, I'll Take Manhattan, CBS, 1987.

Pauline Robillard, Scarlett, CBS, 1994.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Mrs. Bergen, Summer of My German Soldier, NBC, 1978.

Emily McPhail, Tell Me My Name, CBS, 1978.

Emily Armsworth, Child of Glass, 1978.

Mrs. Krents, To Race the Wind, CBS, 1980.

Hanna, The Children Nobody Wanted, CBS, 1981.

Martha Dawson, Not Just Another Affair (also known as Perfect Affair), CBS, 1982.

Dottie Minor, Two of a Kind (also known as GE Theater: Two of a Kind), CBS, 1983.

Sophie Langbein, The Execution, NBC, 1985.

Frances Hayward, Vital Signs (also known as Following the Footsteps), CBS, 1986.

Ruth Waxman, My First Love, CBS, 1988.

Mrs. Drake, Winnie, 1988.

Delores Walters, Guess Who's Coming for Christmas? (also known as UFO Cafe), 1990.

Dora Mattingly, Kojak: Flowers for Matty (also known as Flowers for Matty), 1990.

Gloria Unger, The Odd Couple: Together Again, 1993.

Milly, My Breast, 1994.

Lillian, Lovejoy: The Lost Colony, Arts and Entertainment, 1994.

Ruth Palmer, A Chance of Snow, Lifetime, 1998.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

(Unaired) Code 3, 1972.

Isabel Kosta, Herb's wife, Kosta ... And His Family, NBC, 1973.

Elly Parker, All Together Now, NBC, 1984.

Libby Hoffstetter, What's Alan Watching? (also known as Outrageous), CBS, 1989.

Amzie, Claws, CBS, 1991.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"To Be Young, Gifted and Black," N.E.T. Playhouse, PBS, 1972.

"A Mask of Love," ABC Afternoon Playbreak, ABC, 1973.

"For the Use of the Hall," Hollywood Television Theater, PBS, 1975.

Schoolteacher, Working, PBS, 1981.

Mrs. Banks, Barefoot in the Park, HBO, 1982.

Anne Charney, "Summer Stories: The Mall," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1992.

Shirley, "My Summer As a Girl," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1994.

Presenter, The 25th International Emmy Awards, 1998.

David Strickland: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2000.

(In archive footage) Herself, Celebrity Profile: Brooke Shields (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Cynara," Kraft Television Theatre, ABC, 1955.

"Lady Ruth," Kraft Television Theatre, ABC, 1955.

Verna Anderson, "Flight," Playwrights '56, 1956.

"Ten Grapefruit to Lisbon," Kraft Television Theatre, 1956.

"Wait for Me," Robert Montgomery Presents, 1957.

Ethel, "Heartbeat," Suspicion, 1957.

Edna, "Bilko and the Colonel's Secretary," The Phil Silvers Show, 1958.

Anne, "My Brother's Killer," Decoy, syndicated, 1958.

Edna, "Bilko's Sharpshooter," The Phil Silvers Show, 1959.

Edna, "The Bilko Boycott," The Phil Silvers Show, 1959.

Joanna Sommers, "Black Market Babies," Armstrong Circle Theatre, 1961.

Trina Trent, "Delayed Honeymoon," The United States Steel Hour, 1961.

Frank Helber, "The Attack," The Defenders, CBS, 1961.

Rosaline, "To Walk Like a Lion," Naked City, ABC, 1962.

Celia, "Even Stones Have Eyes," Route 66, CBS, 1962.

Cheryl Hines, "The Chess Game," The Untouchables, ABC, 1962.

Sarah, "And By the Sweat of Thy Brow ... ," Naked City, ABC, 1962.

Marcia, "Dust Devils on a Quiet Street," Naked City, ABC, 1963.

Ellen Beecher, "The Small Parade," The Virginian, NBC, 1963.

Myrna, "Miniature," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1963.

Virginia Stanley, "The Dark Labyrinth," Alcoa Premiere, ABC, 1963.

Martha Dignan, "Lullaby for Billy Dignan," Ben Casey, ABC, 1963.

Peggy Farrow, "The Mosaic," Dr. Kildare, 1963.

Mary Smith, "How Does Your Garden Grow?," Mr. Novak, NBC, 1964.

Isabel Smith, "Isabel," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, NBC, 1964.

Shirley Lowell, "The Seven–Hundred–Year–Old Gang: Parts 1 & 2," The Defenders, CBS, 1964.

Dr. Jane Waterleigh, "Consider Her Ways," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, NBC, 1964.

Laura Crane, "The Love of a Smart Operator," The Nurses, 1964.

Aiemee Rennick, "The End Is But the Beginning," The Fugitive, ABC, 1965.

Ellen Tevlin, "A Rambling Discourse on Egyptian Water Clocks," Ben Casey, ABC, 1965.

Elizabeth Harmon, "Mrs. Harmon," Rawhide, CBS, 1965.

Jean Fields, "A Horse Called Destiny," Trials of O'Brien, CBS, 1966.

Laurel Catlan, "The Eighth Day," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, NBC, 1966.

Myra Dupont, "The Leaf in the Forest," Ironside, NBC, 1967.

Gale Frazer, "The Enemy," The Invaders, ABC, 1967.

Judith Chandler, "I Love a Piano," The Mary Tyler Moore Show, CBS, 1974.

"Terror," Bronk, CBS, 1975.

Emily Church, "Aftershock," McMillan and Wife, NBC, 1975.

Elizabeth Miller, "Quo Vadis?," Barney Miller, 1978.

Elizabeth Miller, "Toys," Barney Miller, 1978.

Edna Raines, "Andrew: Parts 1 & 2," Lou Grant, CBS, 1979.

"Bye Bye Benjamin," Private Benjamin, CBS, 1981.

Dr. Kate Hanley, "A Fall to Grace," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1984.

Anne, "Late Bloomer," Kate & Allie, CBS, 1987.

"Cabin Fever," Mr. President, Fox, 1987.

"Love's Labor Last," Mr. President, Fox, 1987.

Aunt Rosemary, "The Way We Were," Family Ties, NBC, 1987.

Barbara Steadman, "Accounts Receivable," thirtysomething, ABC, 1988.

Aunt Grace, "A Horse Is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course," A Fine Romance, ABC, 1989.

Barbara Steadman, "Prelude to a Bris," thirtysomething, ABC, 1990.

Mom, "Mom," Babes, Fox, 1991.

Mrs. Bream, "Vengeance," Law & Order, NBC, 1992.

Ann Palmer, "A Christmas Story," The Commish, 1994.

Voice of Alcmene, "Hercules and the Parents Weekend, Disney's "Hercules" (animated; also known as Hercules), ABC and syndicated, 1998.

Peg Sammler, "Feast or Famine," Once and Again, ABC, 2000.

Paula Haggerty, "Perfect," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU), NBC, 2003.

Phyllis, "Rites of Passage," Dead Like Me, Showtime, 2004.

Phyllis, "The Escape Artist," Dead Like Me, Showtime, 2004.

Also appeared in Island Son, CBS.


Taped Readings:

Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler, Random, 1995.



Lone Star, Delacorte, 1990.

Adam Zigzag, Delacorte, 1994.


Second Act: Life after Colostomy and Other Adventures, Scribner, 1997.



Library Journal, October 1, 1997, p. 110.

Publishers Weekly, August 18, 1997, p. 79.

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