Barbara Babcock

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Barbara Babcock
Barbara Babcock.jpg
Babcock in 1968
Born(1937-02-27) February 27, 1937 (age 77)
Fort Riley, Kansas, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1956–2004
Spouse(s)Jay Sheffield (m. 1962–68)
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series
1981 Hill Street Blues
 
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Barbara Babcock
Barbara Babcock.jpg
Babcock in 1968
Born(1937-02-27) February 27, 1937 (age 77)
Fort Riley, Kansas, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1956–2004
Spouse(s)Jay Sheffield (m. 1962–68)
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series
1981 Hill Street Blues

Barbara Babcock (born February 27, 1937) is an American character actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as the sensuous Grace Gardner on Hill Street Blues for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress—Drama Series in 1981 and her role as Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1993.

Early life[edit]

Although she was born in the United States, she spent a large part of her childhood in Tokyo, Japan, because her father Conrad Stanton Babcock, Jr. was a general in the United States Army. She learned to speak Japanese before English. She attended Miss Porter's School and later Wellesley College, where she was a classmate of Ali MacGraw.

Career[edit]

Babcock appeared in several episodes of television series between 1956 and 1967, including Star Trek from 1967–68. In 1968, she made her debut on the big screen in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer western movie Day of the Evil Gun, followed by roles in the films Heaven with a Gun, co-starring Glenn Ford, Bang the Drum Slowly, Chosen Survivors, The Black Marble, Back Roads and The Lords of Discipline. From 1978 to 1981, she played the role of Liz Craig on the CBS soap opera Dallas.

Babcock won the 1981 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress—Drama Series for her work on Hill Street Blues.[1] She appeared in 16 episodes of the NBC police drama as Grace Gardner from 1981 to 1986. She starred in the short-lived TV series The Four Seasons in 1984, Mr. Sunshine in 1986 and The Law and Harry McGraw in 1987.[2]

Others of Babcock's notable films include Heart of Dixie, Happy Together, Far and Away and Space Cowboys.

From 1993 to 1998, she played the role as Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1993. She was voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1994.[3][4] After completion of the show in 1998, she appeared in the The Pretender, Chicago Hope, Frasier and Judging Amy. From 2001 to 2002, she played the role of the mother of Dana Delany's character in the Fox drama series Pasadena. Since 2004 she has not done film or television roles.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1968Day of the Evil GunAngie Warfield
1969Heaven with a GunMrs. Andrews
1971The Last ChildShelley Drumm
1973Bang the Drum SlowlyTeam Owner
1974Chosen SurvivorsDr. Lenore Chrisman
1977Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A.Rachel Sullivan
1978Operating RoomJean Lawrence
1979Survival of DanaLorna Sims
1980The Black MarbleMadeline Whitfield
1981Back RoadsRickey's Mom
1982Memories Never DieLouise Lowry
1983Quarterback PrincessJudy Maida
The Lords of DisciplineAbigail St. Croix
1984Attack on FearJane Dutton
1985That Was Then... This Is NowMrs. Douglas
1986News at ElevenJoanna Steckler
1989Happy TogetherRuth Carpenter
Heart of DixieCoralee Claibourne
1990A Family for JoeMiss Quinn Collins
1992Far and AwayNora Christie
1993Fugitive Nights: Danger in the DesertRhonda Devon
1996A Mother's InstinctMrs. Mitchell
1997Childhood Sweetheart?Rose Carlson
1999A Vow to CherishEllen Brighton
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The MovieDorothy Jennings
2000Space CowboysBarbara Corvin
2002Home Alone 4Molly

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1961NBC Sunday ShowcaseAnnie Lee1 episode
1963The Many Loves of Dobie GillisPamela Osborne1 episode
1965The MunstersMiss Guthrie1 episode
1966-1967Green HornetElaine Carey2 episodes
1967The Lucy ShowEnglish Teacher1 episode
1968Mission: ImpossibleMajor Maria Felder1 episode
1967-1968Star TrekMea 3/Philana/voice-over work6 episodes
1969Family AffairPamela1 episode
1967-1970Hogan's HeroesMama Bear3 episodes
1971Night GalleryFlora Alden1 episode
1972BanyonCaroline Wheeler1 episode
1973ShaftJane Cunningham1 episode
Love, American StyleAnna Scott1 episode
1968-1973MannixEllen West4 episodes
1975The Streets of San FranciscoJudith 'Judy' Tyrell1 episode
1976Starsky and HutchEllen Forbes1 episode
1977McMillan & WifeLydia Corman1 episode
Quincy, M.E.Melissa Asten1 episode
The Rockford FilesKaren Hall1 episode
1978Logan's RunMarianne1 episode
1979Salem's LotJune PetrieTV miniseries
1980BensonLily Maxwell1 episode
1981TaxiKaren1 episode
FloLouise Browning1 episode
1978-1982DallasLiz Craig16 episodes
1983CheersLana Marshall1 episode
1984The Four SeasonsLorraine Elliot13 episodes
1985HotelMonica Shawcross1 episode
1986Mr. SunshineMrs. June Swinford11 episodes
1981-1982,1984,1986Hill Street BluesGrace Gardner16 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1981)
1987Alfred Hitchcock PresentsCissie Enright1 episode
CableACE Award for Outstanding Actress in a Dramatic Series (1988)
Remington SteeleMarisa Peters2 episodes
1987-1988The Law and Harry McGrawEllie Maginnis16 episodes
1989-1990Empty NestPaula Conroy2 episodes
1990The Golden GirlsCharmaine Hollingsworth1 episode
China BeachLt. Col. Libby Heiss1 episode
1991WingsMae Hackett1 episode
1985-1993Murder, She WroteVarious roles5 episodes
1993-1998Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanDorothy Jennings100 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1995)
1998Chicago HopeBeverly Kronk2 episodes
2000The PretenderEdna Raines2 episodes
2001FrasierPenelope Janvier1 episode
2001-2002PasadenaLillian Greeley8 episodes
2002-2004Judging AmyDiane McCarty2 episodes

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