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Barbara Britton (born Barbara Maurine Brantingham, September 26, 1919 – January 17, 1980) was an American film and television actress. She is best known for her Western film roles opposite Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Gene Autry and for her two-year tenure as inquisitive amateur sleuth Pam North on the television and radio series Mr. and Mrs. North.

In 1941, while appearing in a Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, a photo of Britton was used on the front page of a local newspaper. A talent scout took notice, and she was soon signed to a Paramount Pictures contract. (Another source says that a talent scout spotted her as the lead in the production of The Old Maid at her college, and "three weeks later she was signed by Paramount Pictures as a stock player.")

That same year, she appeared in her first two films: the William Boyd Western Secrets of the Wasteland and Louisiana Purchase starring Bob Hope. Her first major film appearance was in a small role in the John Wayne film Reap the Wild Wind (1942).

During the 1940s Britton starred in three films for which she is most recognized today, two of which co-starred Randolph Scott. The first was the 1945 film Captain Kidd with Scott, followed by The Virginian in 1946 opposite Joel McCrea. The third was the 1947 Randolph Scott film Gunfighters. She teamed with Scott again in the 1948 Western Albuquerque, and that same year she starred opposite Gene Autry in Loaded Pistols. In total, she starred or appeared in 26 films during that decade.

Britton starred in the 1950s television show Mr. and Mrs. North, a Thin Man-like mystery show, with Richard Denning and Francis De Sales. She was probably best known for being the spokesperson for Revlon products in the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in advertisements and commercials that included live spots on The $64,000 Question. She also portrayed Laura Petrie in Carl Reiner's Head of the Family, the 1959 pilot for the later Dick Van Dyke Show.

One of Britton's last roles was on the daytime television soap opera One Life to Live in 1979.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Barbara Britton (born Barbara Maurine Brantingham, September 26, 1919 – January 17, 1980) was an American film and television actress. She is best known for her Western film roles opposite Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Gene Autry and for her two-year tenure as inquisitive amateur sleuth Pam North on the television and radio series Mr. and Mrs. North.

In 1941, while appearing in a Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, a photo of Britton was used on the front page of a local newspaper. A talent scout took notice, and she was soon signed to a Paramount Pictures contract. (Another source says that a talent scout spotted her as the lead in the production of The Old Maid at her college, and "three weeks later she was signed by Paramount Pictures as a stock player.")

That same year, she appeared in her first two films: the William Boyd Western Secrets of the Wasteland and Louisiana Purchase starring Bob Hope. Her first major film appearance was in a small role in the John Wayne film Reap the Wild Wind (1942).

During the 1940s Britton starred in three films for which she is most recognized today, two of which co-starred Randolph Scott. The first was the 1945 film Captain Kidd with Scott, followed by The Virginian in 1946 opposite Joel McCrea. The third was the 1947 Randolph Scott film Gunfighters. She teamed with Scott again in the 1948 Western Albuquerque, and that same year she starred opposite Gene Autry in Loaded Pistols. In total, she starred or appeared in 26 films during that decade.

Britton starred in the 1950s television show Mr. and Mrs. North, a Thin Man-like mystery show, with Richard Denning and Francis De Sales. She was probably best known for being the spokesperson for Revlon products in the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in advertisements and commercials that included live spots on The $64,000 Question. She also portrayed Laura Petrie in Carl Reiner's Head of the Family, the 1959 pilot for the later Dick Van Dyke Show.

One of Britton's last roles was on the daytime television soap opera One Life to Live in 1979.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 40

Birthday 1919-09-26

Day of Death 1980-01-17

Place of Birth Long Beach, California, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration as Laura Petrie (archive footage)
1955 A Date With Life (105 episodes)
1955 The Spoilers as Helen Chester
1955 Night Freight as Wanda
1955 Ain't Misbehavin' as Pat Beaton
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1954 Dragonfly Squadron as Donna Cottrell
1952 Ride the Man Down as Lottie Priest
1952 The Raiders as Elizabeth Ainsworth
1952 Mr. & Mrs. North (58 episodes)
1952 Bwana Devil as Alice Hayward
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1950 The Bandit Queen as Zarra Montalvo, alias Lola Belmont
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 Champagne for Caesar as Gwenn Bottomley
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (3 episodes)
1949 Lights Out (1 episode)
1949 I Shot Jesse James as Cynthy Waters
1949 Cover Up as Anita Weatherby
1948 Loaded Pistols as Mary Evans
1948 The Untamed Breed as Cherry Lucas
1948 Mr. Reckless as Betty Denton
1948 Albuquerque as Letty Tayler
1947 Gunfighters as Bess Banner
1946 The Return of Monte Cristo as Angela Picard
1946 The Fabulous Suzanne as Suzanne
1946 The Virginian as Molly Wood
1946 They Made Me a Killer as June Reynolds
1945 Captain Kidd as Lady Anne Dunstan
1945 The Great John L. as Kathy Harkness
1944 Till We Meet Again as Sister Clothilde aka Louise Dupree
1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell as Ruth
1943 The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith as Grace
1943 So Proudly We Hail as Lt. Rosemary Larson
1943 Young and Willing as Marge Benson Dennison
1943 Freedom Comes High
1942 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch as Lucy Olcott
1942 Reap the Wild Wind as Charleston Lady #1
1942 The Fleet's In as Eileen Wright
1941 Secrets of the Wastelands as Jennifer Kendall

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