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Barbara Barrie

Barbara Barrie


5/23/1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Barbara Ann Berman


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Barbara Barrie made a name for herself on Broadway in the 1960s and 1970s before joining the cast of television's Barney Miller, as Barney's wife, Liz, perhaps her best known role. After the first season of the show Liz became a recurring character, allowing the actress to return…more


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    • Award wins and nominations:

      Award nominations:

      1980 - Oscar at the Academy Awards - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Breaking Away (1979)
      1981 - Emmy at the Emmy Awards - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Breaking Away (1980)
      1992 - Emmy at the Emmy Awards - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order (1990)
      2000 - Independent Spirit Award at the Independent Spirit Awards - Best Supporting Female for Judy Berlin (1999)
      2003 - Emmy at the Emmy Awards - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)

      Award wins:

      1964 - Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress in a Leading Role for One Potato, Two Potato (1964)

    • Barbara wrote Second Act in 1997. A book chronicling her 30-year experience with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and subsequent cancer.

    • Barbara was born in Illinois, but raised in Texas.

    • Barbara survived rectal cancer.

    • Barbara was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority.

    • Barbara is a sister-in-law of Sheldon Harnick.

    • Barbara created Tomato Lightning, a spicy chutney available in gourmet food stores.

    • Barbara is the author of two critically acclaimed novels Lone Star (1989) and Adam Zigzag (1995).

    • Barbara is a mother of Jane Harnick and Aaron Harnick.

    • Barbara graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and Southwestern University in Georgetown.

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