Bradley Bell, head writer and supervising producer of The Bold and the Beautiful, created the part of "Maggie Forrester" especially for Barbara. She left her role as "Mindy Lewis" on Guiding Light to play the part.
Barbara was engaged to director Kristoffer Tabori for a short time in 1995. Prior to that she was married to Cinematographer David Boyd from 1988 to 1990.
Barbara says she's always loved old movie actors. Her favorites being Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, and Danny Kaye.
Barbara was nominated for two Soap Opera Digest Awards. The first, in 1990 in the category of "Outstanding Villainess: Daytime" for her work on The Young and the Restless. The second, in 1996 in the category of "Outstanding Female Scene Stealer" for her work on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Barbara, who says she loves to learn new things, has taken piano lessons, painting lessons, yoga classes, Italian lessons, and children's story writing courses.
While working on Guiding Light Barbara began dating her co-star Vincent Irizarry, who played her love interest on the show. The romance didn't work out and a year later she left the show to pursue other interests in California.
Barbara, who has starred in quite a few horror movies, says that her all-time favorite horror movie is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Barbara was not director Stuart Gordon's first choice for the role of "Megan" in his 1985 horror film Re-Animator, but when the first actress pulled out at the last minute, she was cast in the role. When asked today, Gordon says that he can't even remember the name of the first actress because 'Barbara was so amazing. She just kind of wiped it out of my mind.'
Barbara has appeared in pictorials for Playboy and Celebrity Sleuth magazines.
Barbara's theater credits include:
- The Crucible
- King Lear
Barbara joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 1987 as "Leanna Love," knowing that after 3 months she would be written off the show. Fans enjoyed the character so much, however, that the producers of the show decided to keep Barbara and "Leanna" around for 6 years.
Barbara says she developed a love of performing from her father, a former carnival worker, who she calls "the ultimate showman." She began acting when she was in the 7th grade.
Barbara is represented professionally by Stone Manners Agency out of Los Angeles.
Barbara admits the part she is most proud of playing is "Leanna Love" on The Young and the Restless. She spent a great deal of time talking to experts on mental illness, which "Leanna" suffered from, to prepare for the role.
In 1994, Barbara was one of 14 Guiding Light stars to appear on a special set of phone cards called "The Soap Connection Collection." The cards allowed fans of the show to hear interviews and behind the scenes info provided by the character who appeared on the card.
Barbara has a "Bacon Number" of 2.
She was in Robot Wars with Steve Eastin,
Steve was in Rails & Tails with Kevin Bacon.
Barbara enjoys horseback riding, yoga, and skiing. She also likes shopping for antiques and visiting flea markets.
Barbara: I know enough about life to understand that I'm not in complete control. Whatever God is going to give me, I have to accept. He may have a different plan. I just have to see what's going to come up on a daily basis.
Barbara: (on women's roles in horror films) What you don't see often enough in horror films are smart and capable women. A lot of horror movies appeal to men and they're written by men, so it's kind of what men want to see. They're written from the male point of view. I think in life we have this issue and in films we have the issue where the women are not as often in control. Men are more in control and art imitates life, so we see that more and more in the movies. It's probably representative of where women are right now and where they're going.
Barbara: I think everything happens for a reason, and when things happen - even things we don't really like in our lives - we just have to turn them into something a little bit more positive.
Barbara: I like a man who is a real man. No mambi pambi bs. A man of few words and big action. Intelligent and who can make me laugh.