Barbara Cook

Singer, Actor, Statistical typist
Barbara Cook worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. She began her acting career with roles in the series "Golden Windows" (1953-55), "Evening at Pops" (1969-2002) and "Mothers By ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1927 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina 1994 (Movie)

of Thumbelina's Mother (Voice)

Reno's Cabaret Reunion 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bernstein at 70 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tribute to American Music: Jerome Kern 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

An Evening With Barbara Cook 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Mothers By Daughters 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

She Loves Me 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Hansel and Gretel 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Windows 1953 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Follies in Concert (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina 1994 (Movie)

("Soon" (Reprise)) (Song Performer)

Biography

Barbara Cook worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. She began her acting career with roles in the series "Golden Windows" (1953-55), "Evening at Pops" (1969-2002) and "Mothers By Daughters" (1984-85). She appeared in a number of television specials, including "Hansel and Gretel" (1957-58) and "She Loves Me" (1979-1980). A regular on the awards show circuit, she made an appearance on "The 41st Annual Tony Awards" (1986-87). She appeared in a number of television specials, including "An Evening With Barbara Cook" (1985-86), "Follies in Concert" (1985) and "A Tribute to American Music: Jerome Kern" (1987-88). She also appeared in "Bernstein at 70" (1988-89). Additionally, she appeared in a number of television specials, including "Reno's Cabaret Reunion" (1989-1990), "Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds" (2001-02) and "Evening at Pops: Keith Lockhart's 10th Anniversary Special" (2003-04). She also lent her distinctive voice to "Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina" (1994). Cook last worked on "The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (2011-12).

Relationships

Charles Bunyan Cook

Father
Divorced from Barbara's mother when she was a child

Nell Cook

Mother
Divorced from Barbara's father when she was a child

David LeGrant

Husband
Married from 1952-1965

Adam LeGrant

Son
Born in 1959 father, David LeGrant

Milestones

2011

Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors

2010

Returned to Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre's Stephen Sondheim revue "Sondheim on Sondheim," and earned a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical

2004

Performed "Barbara Cook's Broadway" at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre

2001

Returned to Carnegie Hall to perform "Sings Mostly Sondheim," which was recorded live and released on CD; she reprised the program for a limited run on Broadway in 2002, winning a Tony Award nomination for Best Theatrical Event

2000

Chosen as one of the only American performers to perform at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival in the fabled Sydney Opera House

1994

Provided the voice for the title character's mother in the animated film version of "Thumbelina," which featured music by Barry Manilow

1988

Made a brief return to stage acting, playing Mrs. White in a production of the stage musical "Carrie" before leaving the show over creative differences

1987

Won rave reviews for the one-person show "A Concert for the Theatre"

1986

Headlined the PBS broadcast "An Evening With Barbara Cook"

1985

Performed the role of Sally Durant in the concert staging of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies"

1975

Made her debut in a legendary solo concert at Carnegie Hall that resulted in a highly successful live album; first collaboration with composer and pianist Wally Harper

1974

Made her return to NYC cabaret at the now-defunct club Brothers & Sisters

1972

Had a rare dramatic role in the NYC stage production of Gorky's "Enemies"

1970

Last Broadway appearance in a book musical in "The Grass Harp"

1965

Replaced Sandy Dennis in a rare non-musical stage role in "Any Wednesday"

1965

Cast as Magnolia in the City Center production of "Show Boat"

1964

Toured in the title role of the stage musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"

1963

Enjoyed success as Amalia Balish in "She Loves Me"

1960

Played Anna in the City Center revival of "The King and I"

1958

Cast as Gretel in the NBC musical "Hansel and Gretel"

1957

Returned to City Center to play Julie Jordan in "Carousel"

1957

Originated one of her signature stage roles, the librarian Marian Paroo in "The Music Man"

1956

Breakthrough stage role, played Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's new operetta "Candide"

1956

Cast as Evalina in NBC adaptation of the stage musical "Bloomer Girl"

1955

Had her first real stage success as an Amish woman in "Plain and Fancy"

1954

Early TV credit in the NBC production of "Babes in Toyland"

1953

Played Ado Annie in the City Center revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!"

1951

Made her Broadway debut as Sandy in the short-lived musical "Flahooley"

1948

Moved from Atlanta to NYC

1939

Began voice training in Atlanta, GA, paid for by an anonymous donor

Known for such albums as "Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim"

Bonus Trivia

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In the mid 1970s Cook met and befriended composer and pianist Wally Harper. Over the next three decades, the two performed together nationally and internationally until his death in 2004.

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In 1994, Cook was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

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On Dec. 4, 2011, Cook was one of the honorees at the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s top award for those who have influenced American culture through the arts.

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