Barbara McNair
Singer, actress
Barbara McNair
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.
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Change of Habit - OutNow.ch
Google News - over 5 years
Die drei Nonnen Michelle (Mary Tyler-Moore), Barbara (Jane Elliot) und Irene (Barbara McNair) stehen kurz davor, ihre Gelübde abzulegen und sich dem Leben als Schwestern zu verschreiben. Bevor es soweit ist, werden die jungen Frauen noch in ein
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Date change caused absence at forum - Waynesville Smoky Mountain News
Google News - over 5 years
I do thank Barbara McNair, community club chair, for announcing at the event that the date change came as a result of the other candidate's request. To be in attendance at events like this in various communities has been a priority of my campaign
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Steven Ivory: Bin Laden's Def... - Eurweb.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Singing on a variety show or acting a small part on episodic TV might be Sammy Davis, Jr. or Pearl Bailey; Nipsy Russell, Diahann Carroll; Scatman Crothers or Barbara McNair. Perhaps a performance by the Supremes or James Brown
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14. BARBARA McNAIR, You're Gonna Love My Baby/The Touch Of Time 1966, £400 - The Sun
Google News - almost 6 years
15. GIOCONDA DE VITO, Bach Violin Concerto In E Major/ Mozart Violin Concerto No3 In G, Fifties, £400 17. GLORIA SCOTT, (A Case Of) Too Much Lovemaking/What Am I Gonna Do?, 1974, £300 By SEAN HAMILTON THOSE dusty old records you have replaced long ago
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Top 50 most collectable records - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - almost 6 years
Barbara McNair's You're Gonna Love My Baby and Kim Weston's Helpless/A Love Like Yours (1966, Tamla Motown TMG 554 £400) are particularly good examples. Although Tamla Motown is a known market, speculators might consider demos of Marvin Gaye's iconic
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Barbara McNair, 72, a Singer, Actress and Host of a TV Show
NYTimes - about 10 years
Barbara McNair, a cabaret singer, actress and television personality of the 1960s who was noted as much for her stunning appearance as for her versatile voice, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 72. The cause was throat cancer, Ms. McNair's sister, Jacqueline Gaither, told The Associated Press yesterday. One of the few African-American
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Review/Music; A Tuneful Inauguration for a New Concert Hall
NYTimes - over 23 years
Attending the opening of a new concert hall has tended to be dreary business in recent decades. Understandably, the backers are invariably puffed with civic pride over the glittery, fresh-smelling structure, but the sound of the thing is often sorely deficient if not truly dreadful. So after arriving here on Friday and reading all about the "Heaven
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Blacks on Stage
NYTimes - over 30 years
To the Editor: Letter writer Sanford R. Block faults critic Mel Gussow [ ''Blacks on Stage: The Progress Is Deceptive,'' Aug. 3 ] for not noting that Debbie Allen, in her ''Sweet Charity'' role changed places with original white actress Gwen Verdon, while retaining a romantic link with a white actor. Interesting as it may be, such a switch does not
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GOING OUT GUIDE;
NYTimes - about 33 years
CABARET Barbara McNair's talents have taken her in many directions. She has sung in the sophisticated nightclubs and in the Broadway musicals ''No Strings'' and ''Pajama Game,'' had her own television show, ''The Barbara McNair Show,'' appeared in television series, ''The Jeffersons,'' ''Hogan's Heroes,'' ''Mission Impossible,'' and acted in
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CABARET: BARBARA MCNAIR
NYTimes - about 35 years
BARBARA McNAIR, who is singing at Marty's, Third Avenue at 73d Street, through next week, has so much potential that one is constantly surprised that she does not come into focus as a performer. She is, to begin with, a gorgeous looking woman with a warm, easy, communicative personality and a voice that can range from softly intense ballads to the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara McNair
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 72
    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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  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 41
    On December 15, 1976, her second husband, Rick Manzie, was murdered, in their Las Vegas mansion.
    More Details Hide Details Mafia boss-turned-FBI-informant Jimmy Fratianno later claimed in his book The Last Mafioso that Manzie had been a Mafia associate who tried to put a contract on the life of a mob-associated tax attorney with whom he had a legal dispute. Into her 70s, McNair resided in the Los Angeles area, playing tennis and skiing to keep in shape and touring on occasion.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1969
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Manzie managed McNair and produced the show with Burt Rosen. The show starred A-list guests including Tony Bennett, Sonny and Cher, The Righteous Brothers, Johnny Mathis, Freda Payne, Mahalia Jackson, Della Reese, Lou Rawls, Rich Little, B.B. King, Ethel Waters, Debbie Reynolds, and Lionel Hampton. McNair also appeared on TV game shows in the 1960s, including You Don't Say, Hollywood Squares, and The Match Game. She was also VIP guest on the talk shows of Johnny Carson, Joey Bishop, Mike Douglas, and Merv Griffin. McNair recordings include Livin' End, The Real Barbara McNair, More Today Than Yesterday, Broadway Show Stoppers, A Movie Soundtrack If He Hollers, Let Him Go, I Enjoy Being a Girl, and The Ultimate Motown Collection, a two-CD set with 48 tracks that include her two albums for the label plus a non-album single and B-side and an entire LP that never was released.
  • 1968
    Age 33
    McNair posed nude for Playboy in the October 1968 issue.
    More Details Hide Details She caught the attention of the movie-going public with her much-publicized nude sequences in the gritty crime drama If He Hollers Let Him Go (1968) opposite Raymond St. Jacques, then donned a nun's habit alongside Mary Tyler Moore for Change of Habit (1969), Elvis Presley's last feature film. She portrayed Sidney Poitier's wife in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) and its sequel, The Organization (1971), and George Jefferson's deranged ex-girlfriend Yvonne in The Jeffersons (1984). McNair's Broadway credits include The Body Beautiful (1958), No Strings (1962), and a revival of The Pajama Game (1973).
  • 1967
    Age 32
    In 1967 McNair traveled with Bob Hope to Southeast Asia to perform for U.S. troops during the Vietnam War.
    More Details Hide Details McNair's acting career began on television, as a guest on series such as Dr. Kildare, The Eleventh Hour, I Spy, Mission: Impossible, Hogan's Heroes and McMillan and Wife.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born on March 4, 1934.
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