Barbara McNair

Born Mar 4, 1934

Barbara McNair was an African American singer and actress. Born Barbara Jean McNair in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, McNair studied music at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Her big break came with a win on Arthur Godfrey's TV show Talent Scouts, which led to bookings at The Purple Onion and the Cocoanut Grove.… Read More

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1934 Birth Born on March 4, 1934.


1967 33 Years Old In 1967 McNair traveled with Bob Hope to Southeast Asia to perform for U.S. troops during the Vietnam War. … Read More
1968 34 Years Old McNair posed nude for Playboy in the October 1968 issue. … Read More
1969 35 Years Old McNair starred in her own 1969 television variety series The Barbara McNair Show, becoming one of the first black women to host her own musical variety show. The show, which was produced in Canada by CTV (at CFTO/Toronto), lasted three seasons in first-run syndication in the United States until 1972, when she married Frederick (Rick) Andrew Manzie. … Read More


1976 42 Years Old …  On December 15, 1976, her second husband, Rick Manzie, was murdered, in their Las Vegas mansion. … Read More


2007 73 Years Old She died on February 4, 2007, of throat cancer, in Los Angeles, survived by her husband Charles Blecka, sister Jaquline Gaither, niece Angela Rosenow, and the nephew of her late husband Frederick Manzie, John Thomas and his family.
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