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Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain
Barbara Bain in 2006
Born Millicent Fogel
(1931-09-13) September 13, 1931
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater University of Illinois
Occupation Actress
Former dancer and model
Years active 1957–present
Organization Actors Studio West
Television Mission: Impossible
Space: 1999
Spouse(s) Martin Landau (m. 1957; div. 1993)
Children Juliet Landau
Susan Bain Landau Finch
Awards 3 Emmy Awards (1967, 1968 and 1969)

Barbara Bain (born September 13, 1931) is an American film and television actress.


  • Early life 1
  • Film and television career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • TV and Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Bain was born Millicent Fogel in Chicago, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants.[1] She graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Developing an interest in dance, she moved to New York City, where she studied alongside Martha Graham. Dissatisfied with her career as a dancer, she went into modeling; jobs with Vogue, Harper's and other publications followed.

Still uninspired, however, Bain entered the Theater Studio to study acting; first under Curt Conway, then Lonny Chapman. Progressing to the Actors Studio, she was instructed by Lee Strasberg.[2][3]

Bain's first acting role was in Paddy Chayevsky's play Middle of the Night, which embarked on a national tour in October 1957.[2][4] Accompanying Bain was fellow actor and newly acquired husband Martin Landau; the final leg of the tour brought the couple to Los Angeles, where they settled permanently.[2] After moving, Bain established herself at the Actors Studio West, where she continues to teach classes and perform scene work.[5]

Film and television career

Bain as Cinnamon Carter, 1969

Bain's earliest television appearances included CBS's Tightrope, with Mike Connors, and three ABC series: The Law and Mr. Jones with James Whitmore, Adventures in Paradise with Gardner McKay, and Straightaway with Brian Kelly and John Ashley. After a recurring role as David Janssen's romantic interest in Richard Diamond, Private Detective in 1959, she guest-starred as Madelyn Terry in a 1960 episode of Perry Mason, "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter", and in 1964 played the role of Elayna Scott in "The Case of the Nautical Knot".

Between 1966 and 1969, Bain appeared—alongside her then husband, Martin Landau—in the major role of Cinnamon Carter in Mission: Impossible; she also starred as the character in a 1997 episode of Diagnosis: Murder. She won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Dramatic Actress for her performance in 1967, 1968 and 1969, in addition to a Golden Globe Award nomination in 1968.[6]

She starred opposite Landau again in the science-fiction TV series Space: 1999 (1975–77), as Dr. Helena Russell, and the made-for-TV film The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981). Bain also appeared in The Dick Van Dyke Show, in the episode "Will You Two Be My Wife?", and My So-Called Life, playing the main character Angela Chase's grandmother in one episode. Other appearances include "Matroyoshka", an episode of the 1990s science-fiction series Millennium.

In 1998, Bain was a special guest star in the Walker, Texas Ranger episode "Saving Grace", as the Mother Superior. In 2006, she had a minor role in one episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ("Living Legends"). In 2008, co-starring with her daughter Juliet Landau, Bain voiced the character of Verdona Tennyson in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", an episode of Ben 10: Alien Force.

Personal life

Bain married actor Martin Landau in 1957; they divorced in 1993. The couple had two daughters, actress Juliet Landau and film producer Susan Bain Landau Finch[7] (born Susan Meredith Landau). Bain is Jewish.[8] She has contributed to many charitable causes, including literacy.

When asked about watching the development of her daughter's acting career, Bain told Attention Deficit Delirium: "I think it's wonderful. She wants it, she's very good at it, so she should do it. She's very gifted. I've seen her in the theater, and we've been on stage together. We did a play in [9]

TV and Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1958 Harbormaster Unknown Episode: "The Captain's Gun"
1959 Mike Hammer Dora Church Episode: "Accentuate the Negative"
1959 Philip Marlowe Donna Raymond Episode: "Ugly Duckling" (pilot)
1959 State Trooper Madge Slausen Episode: "Fiddle Dee Dead"
1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective Karen Wells 5 episodes
1959 Mr. Lucky Prudence Episode: "The Money Game"
1959 Alcoa Theatre Judy Coyne Episode: "Small Bouquet"
1959 Tightrope Sandra Episode: "Cold Kill"
1960 The Law and Mr. Jones D.J. Episode: "Christmas Is a Legal Holiday"
1960 Perry Mason Madelyn Terry Episode: "The Case of Wary Wildcatter"
1960–1961 Adventures in Paradise Martha Peterson 2 episodes
1962 Straightaway Melody Episode: "The Craziest Race in Town"
1963 The Dick Van Dyke Show Dorothy Episode: "Will You Two Be My Wife?"
1963 Hawaiian Eye Anne Munroe Episode: "Two Million Too Much"
1963 Empire June Bates Episode: "Hidden Asset"
1963 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Veronica Episode: "I Was a Spy for the F.O.B."
1963 The Lieutenant Cissie Van Osten Episode: "A Touching of Hands"
1963 77 Sunset Strip Rachel Dent Episode: "By His Own Verdict"
1963 Wagon Train Lucy Garrison Episode: "The Fenton Canaby Story"
1964 The Greatest Show on Earth Betty Episode: "The Night the Monkey Died"
1964 Ben Casey Tutor Episode: "A Woods Full of Question Marks"
1964 Perry Mason Elayna Scott Episode: "The Case of Nautical Knot"
1964 Valentine's Day Unknown Episode: "The Old School Tie"
1965 Get Smart Alma Episode: "KAOS in CONTROL"
1966–1969 Mission: Impossible Cinnamon Carter 78 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1967-1969)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
1969 The Red Skelton Show Newspaperwoman Episode: "Crime Doesn't Pay But It's Tax Free"
1973 Savage! Gail Abbot TV movie
1975–1977 Space: 1999 Dr. Helena Russell 47 episodes
1984 The New Mike Hammer Julia Huntley Episode: "A Death in the Family"
1985 Moonlighting Emily Greydon Episode: "My Fair David"
1987 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Christina Golitsyn Episode: "The Khrushchev List"
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Julie Barrington Episode: "Barrington"
1988 Murder, She Wrote Nora Morgan Episode: "Coal Miner's Daughter"
1989 Skinheads Martha
1990 The Spirit of '76 Hipster
1991 Murder, She Wrote Ellen Lombard Episode: "Unauthorized Obituary"
1992 Likely Suspects Buffy Hines-Baldi Episode: "Pilot"
1994 My So-Called Life Vivian Wood Episode: "Other People's Mothers"
1997 The Visitor Constance MacArthur Episode: "Reunion"
1997 Diagnosis: Murder Cinnamon Carter Episode: "Discards"
1998 Walker, Texas Ranger Mother Superior Episode: "Saving Grace"
1999 Millennium Lilly Unser Episode: "Matryoshka"
1999 Gideon Sarah
2000 Panic Deidre
2002 American Gun Anne Tillman
2003 Strong Medicine Mrs. March Episode: "Orders"
2003 Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales Judy Utemeyer TV movie
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mrs. Iris Paul Episode: "Living Legend"
2008 Ben 10: Alien Force Verdona Episode: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
2009 Forget Me Not Sister Dolores
2010 Nothing Special Catherine


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of early television crime fighters: all regular cast members in ... - Everett Aaker - Google Books. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  2. ^ a b c Heald, Tim (1976). "Alphans and Others: Barbara Bain". The Making of Space: 1999 (PDF). New York: Random House Publishing Group.  
  3. ^ "Curt Conway's Theatre Studio of New York, Inc." The Village Voice. August 28, 1957.
  4. ^ Associated Press: "Actor's Return To Stage Is Paying Big Dividends". The Sarasota Herald-Tribune. May 12, 1957.
  5. ^ King, Susan: "Barbara Bain Remains 'Love Struck' When it Comes to Theater" The Los Angeles Times. May 9, 2012.
  6. ^ per Infoplease.com1967-1968 Emmy Awards
  7. ^ Playtime for soon-to-be producer Peta - Opinion -
  8. ^ The Windsor Star - Google News Archive Search
  9. ^ Reesman, Bryan (April 27, 2011). "Barbara Bain Looks Back But Stays Forward Focused". Attention Deficit Delirium. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 

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