Barbara Nichols
1929-1976

It might be a great temptation for some movie fans to dismiss Barbara Nichols as the quintessential dumb blonde, but it is much more appropriate to honor her as one of the screen's great good-time gals. Sure, she was kind of sad in some of those flashy floozie roles, but she was always kind of bubbly too. And she had that voice -- a voice that was simply unforgettable! Try to imagine her reading from Shakespeare or Dickens . . . or even the Bible. And think of the career she might have had performing for the "books on tape" industry. It's better, though, to just think of the countless tired little films you've seen that were immeasurably perked up by her sudden and usually much too brief appearances. The movie history books are full of dearly departed performers we'll always miss, but gee, this was one of the really special ones.

 




Barbara Nichols
as Lola Fandango

Where the Boys Are

Director: Henry Levin
1960

 

F I L M S:

1956
The Wild Party
Manfish
Miracle in the Rain
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
The King and Four Queens

1957
Sweet Smell of Success
The Pajama Game
Pal Joey

1958
Ten North Frederick
The Naked and the Dead

1959
Woman Obsessed
That Kind of Woman

1960
Who Was That Lady?
Where the Boys Are

1961
The George Raft Story

1962
House of Women
The Scarface Mob (TV)

1964
The Disorderly Orderly

1965
Dear Heart
Looking For Love
The Human Duplicators
The Loved One

1966
The Swinger

1968
The Power

1973
Charly and the Angel

1976
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood

-- Plus numerous guest appearances on television programs of the 1950s and 1960s: The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, The Wild, Wild West etc.


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