Barbara Parkins

Actor
A slim brunette leading lady of film and TV, Barbara Parkins made her feature debut in the crime drama "20,000 Eyes" (1961) but really came to public attention as the oft-married Betty Anderson on the popular primetime ... Read more »
Born: 05/22/1942 in Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Intimate Portrait: Jacqueline Susann 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Picket Fences 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Scene of the Crime 1990 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Uncommon Valor 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Breakfast in Paris 1980 (Movie)

Jackie Wyatt (Actor)

Bear Island 1978 (Movie)

Judith Ruben (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars I 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Shout at the Devil 1975 (Movie)

Rosa O'Flynn (Actor)

Christina 1972 (Movie)

Christina/Kaye (Actor)

Asylum 1971 (Movie)

Bonnie (Actor)

La Maison Sous les Arbres 1970 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Puppet on a Chain 1970 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

The Kremlin Letter 1970 (Movie)

B A (Actor)

Peyton Place 1964 - 1969 (TV Show)

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The Mephisto Waltz 1969 (Movie)

Roxanne (Actor)

Valley of the Dolls 1967 (Movie)

Anne Welles (Actor)

A Taste of Evil (TV Show)

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Backstory (TV Show)

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Calendar Girl Murders (TV Show)

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Captains and the Kings (TV Show)

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Law of the Land (TV Show)

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Snatched (TV Show)

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Testimony of Two Men (TV Show)

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The Critical List (TV Show)

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The Manions of America (TV Show)

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To Catch a King (TV Show)

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Biography

A slim brunette leading lady of film and TV, Barbara Parkins made her feature debut in the crime drama "20,000 Eyes" (1961) but really came to public attention as the oft-married Betty Anderson on the popular primetime soap opera "Peyton Place" (ABC, 1964-69). In her second feature, the high profile but trashy "Valley of the Dolls" (1967), she was cast as an aspiring actress with roots in New England, a role that was not much of a stretch from her TV persona. In its day, the film was widely dismissed by critics, but by the 1990s it enjoyed popularity as a camp classic. While never a major screen presence, Parkins acquitted herself in a handful of roles in horror films, including "Asylum" (1972) and particularly in the Canadian-made "Christina" (1974), which utilized her voluptuous beauty to good effect. She made her last feature appearance to date as a fashion designer in the misguided Australian romantic comedy "Breakfast in Paris" (1981).

Milestones

1989

Guest-starred in an episode of "Murder She Wrote" (CBS)

1986

Acted in NBC's "Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun", the second of the Perry Mason reunion movies

1985

Reprised her role as Betty Harrington Cord in the NBC movie "Peyton Place: The Next Generation"

1984

Appeared in the TV-movies "To Catch a King" (HBO), playing the Dutchess of Windsor, and "The Calendar Girl Murders" (ABC)

1981

Acted in ABC miniseries "The Manions of America", which introduced Irish actor Pierce Brosnan to American audiences

1981

Last feature film to date, "Breakfast in Paris"

1980

Appeared in "Bear Island", a poor screen adaptation of one of Alistair MacLean's best novels; film barely released

1978

Portrayed Anna Held in NBC movie "Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women"

1977

Starred in the syndicated miniseries "Testimony of Two Men", also adapted from a Taylor Caldwell novel

1976

Played Lee Marvin's daughter in "Shout at the Devil"

1976

Acted in acclaimed minseries adaptation of Taylor Caldwell's novel "Captains and Kings"

1975

Acted the part of Leonie in the PBS series "Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill" (shown as part of "Great Performances")

1974

Portrayed title role in "Christina", a murky thriller shot in Canada

1970

Played a traumatized rape victim in ABC movie "A Taste of Evil", starring Barbara Stanwyck

1970

Appeared in the chiller "The Mephisto Waltz"

1967

Co-starred in "Valley of the Dolls", an embarrassing adaptation of the Jacqueline Susann novel

1961

Made feature debut in "20,000 Eyes"

Guest-starred as Lucy Wanamaker on the CBS drama "Picket Fences" during the 1995-1996 season

Returned to series TV as member of the ensemble for "Scenes of the Crime" (CBS)

Began appearing in guest spots on TV shows like "Dr. Kildare" and "Leave It to Beaver"

Co-starred as Betty Anderson in the TV serial "Peyton Place" (ABC), the first soap opera to become a major hit in primetime, airing up to three times per week

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