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Ina Balin (November 12, 1937 – June 20, 1990) was an American actress on Broadway and in film.

Born as Ina Rosenberg to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, she first appeared on television on The Perry Como Show. She also did summer stock, which led to roles on Broadway, and in 1959, she won the "Theatre World Award" for her performance in the Broadway comedy, A Majority of One, starring Gertrude Berg and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. That same year, she landed her first film role in The Black Orchid, starring Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn.

A year later, Balin was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress — Motion Picture for her performance opposite Paul Newman in From the Terrace. She also appeared in The Young Doctors.

In 1961, she appeared as Pilar Graile in The Comancheros with John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. Co-starring with Jerry Lewis in the 1964 hit comedy The Patsy, Balin also had a secondary, but important part in 1965's The Greatest Story Ever Told. She co-starred with Elvis Presley in his 1969 film Charro!

Balin guest-starred on dozens of television shows, including Bonanza, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Battlestar Galactica, Get Smart, Ironside, Quincy, M.E. and Magnum, P.I. She appeared with Joseph Cotten, Fernando Lamas and Dean Jagger in the 1969 made-for-television movie The Lonely Profession.

In 1970, Balin toured Vietnam with the USO on the first of many trips to the war-torn region. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Projectionist, which marked the screen debut of Rodney Dangerfield. In 1975, she aided in the evacuation of orphans during the fall of Saigon; eventually, she adopted three of these orphaned children. In 1980, she played herself in a made-for-television movie based on these experiences, The Children of An Lac.

While working on The Children of An Lac, she became acquainted with Christy Marx, who at the time worked as a producer's liaison for various television programs. According to Marx, she used Balin's story as a basis for a character in the animated show Jem when she later became a writer. The character of Ba Nee is based on Balin's adopted daughter, Ba-Nhi. Ba Nee's obsession with and struggle to find her birth father are the focus of several episodes of Jem. She co-starred in the comedy The Comeback Trail with the lead actor and director from The Projectionist.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Ina Balin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Ina Balin (November 12, 1937 – June 20, 1990) was an American actress on Broadway and in film.

Born as Ina Rosenberg to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, she first appeared on television on The Perry Como Show. She also did summer stock, which led to roles on Broadway, and in 1959, she won the "Theatre World Award" for her performance in the Broadway comedy, A Majority of One, starring Gertrude Berg and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. That same year, she landed her first film role in The Black Orchid, starring Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn.

A year later, Balin was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress — Motion Picture for her performance opposite Paul Newman in From the Terrace. She also appeared in The Young Doctors.

In 1961, she appeared as Pilar Graile in The Comancheros with John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. Co-starring with Jerry Lewis in the 1964 hit comedy The Patsy, Balin also had a secondary, but important part in 1965's The Greatest Story Ever Told. She co-starred with Elvis Presley in his 1969 film Charro!

Balin guest-starred on dozens of television shows, including Bonanza, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Battlestar Galactica, Get Smart, Ironside, Quincy, M.E. and Magnum, P.I. She appeared with Joseph Cotten, Fernando Lamas and Dean Jagger in the 1969 made-for-television movie The Lonely Profession.

In 1970, Balin toured Vietnam with the USO on the first of many trips to the war-torn region. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Projectionist, which marked the screen debut of Rodney Dangerfield. In 1975, she aided in the evacuation of orphans during the fall of Saigon; eventually, she adopted three of these orphaned children. In 1980, she played herself in a made-for-television movie based on these experiences, The Children of An Lac.

While working on The Children of An Lac, she became acquainted with Christy Marx, who at the time worked as a producer's liaison for various television programs. According to Marx, she used Balin's story as a basis for a character in the animated show Jem when she later became a writer. The character of Ba Nee is based on Balin's adopted daughter, Ba-Nhi. Ba Nee's obsession with and struggle to find her birth father are the focus of several episodes of Jem. She co-starred in the comedy The Comeback Trail with the lead actor and director from The Projectionist.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 39

Birthday 1937-11-12

Day of Death 1990-06-20

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York, United States

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1986 Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter as Regine
1985 Hostage Flight as Rita
1985 There Were Times, Dear as Marsha
1984 Airwolf (1 episode) as Ingrid Kendall
1980 Magnum, P.I. (3 episodes)
1980 The Children of An Lac as Ina Balin
1980 Galyon
1979 Hart to Hart (1 episode)
1978 The Immigrants as Maria Cassala
1976 Quincy, M.E. (5 episodes)
1975 Wonder Woman (1 episode)
1974 Panic on the 5:22 as Countess Hedy Maria Tovarese
1974 Harry O (1 episode)
1973 Toma (1 episode)
1973 Call to Danger
1972 Cool Million (1 episode)
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (2 episodes)
1972 Search (1 episode)
1971 The Projectionist as The Girl
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (1 episode)
1969 Charro! as Tracey Winters
1969 The Desperate Mission as Otilla Ruiz
1967 Run Like a Thief as Mona Shannon
1967 Mannix (3 episodes)
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1965 The Loner (1 episode)
1965 Get Smart (1 episode)
1965 Run for Your Life (2 episodes)
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told as Martha of Bethany
1964 The Patsy as Ellen Betz
1964 Act of Reprisal
1963 The Lieutenant (1 episode)
1962 Stoney Burke (1 episode)
1961 The Comancheros as Pilar Graile
1961 The Young Doctors as Cathy Hunt
1960 From the Terrace as Natalie Benziger
1959 Adventures in Paradise (1 episode)
1959 The Black Orchid as Mary Valente
1959 New York Confidential (1 episode)

Writing

1980 The Children of An Lac Story

Production

1980 The Children of An Lac Associate Producer

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