Award wins and 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)
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.