Barbara Nichols

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Barbara Nichols
publicity photo in the late 1950s
BornBarbara Marie Nickerauer
(1928-12-10)December 10, 1928
Queens, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 5, 1976(1976-10-05) (aged 47)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Complications from organ damage
Resting place
Pinelawn Memorial Park
Years active1953–1976
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Barbara Nichols
publicity photo in the late 1950s
BornBarbara Marie Nickerauer
(1928-12-10)December 10, 1928
Queens, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 5, 1976(1976-10-05) (aged 47)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Complications from organ damage
Resting place
Pinelawn Memorial Park
Years active1953–1976

Barbara Marie Nickerauer (December 10, 1928 – October 5, 1976), better known as Barbara Nichols, was an American actress who often played brassy comic roles in a number of films in the 1950s and 1960s.

Early life and career[edit]

Nichols was born as Barbara Marie Nickerauer in Queens, New York. She began modeling for pinup magazines in the late 1940s. In the mid-1950s, she moved to Hollywood and began appearing regularly in second leads in a number of films including Miracle in the Rain (1956), The King and Four Queens (1956), The Naked and the Dead (1958), The Pajama Game (1957), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), That Kind of Woman (1958), Where the Boys Are (1960).

On Broadway, she appeared in the 1952 revival of Pal Joey (she also appeared in the 1957 film version) and in Let It Ride (1961).

Nichols was a popular model in cheesecake magazines of the era and was considered a minor rival to Marilyn Monroe, along with Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, Cleo Moore, Greta Thyssen, Diana Dors and Sheree North. Unlike the rest, Nichols rarely starred in films, but had showy supporting roles in A-films starring such actors as Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Sophia Loren, and Doris Day. One of her few starring roles was in the 1965 science fiction film The Human Duplicators.

Nichols was also a frequent guest star on many television series including It's a Great Life, The Jack Benny Television Show, The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, Going My Way, Batman (episodes 35 and 36), Hawaii Five-O, and The Beverly Hillbillies. Her final film was Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood in 1976.


Nichols died on October 5, 1976 from complications of a damaged spleen and liver which had initially occurred about twenty years earlier in an automobile accident.[1] She is interred at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, New York.


1954River of No ReturnBlonde dancer, Uncredited
1956Miracle in the RainArlene Parker née Witchy
1956Beyond a Reasonable DoubtDolly Moore
1956The King and Four QueensBirdie McDade
1956The Wild PartySandy
1957Sweet Smell of SuccessRita
1957The Pajama GamePoopsie
1957Pal JoeyGladys
1958Ten North FrederickStella
1958The Naked and the DeadMildred Croft
1959Woman ObsessedMayme Radzevitch
1959That Kind of WomanJane
1960Who Was That Lady?Gloria Coogle
1960Where the Boys AreLola Fandango
1961The George Raft StoryTexas Guinan
1962House of WomenCandy Kane
1964Looking for LoveGaye Swinger
1964Dear HeartJune Loveland
1964The Disorderly OrderlyMiss Marlowe
1964The Human Duplicators (Alternative title: Jaws of the Alien)Gale Wilson
1965The Loved OneSadie Blodgett
1966The SwingerBlossom LaTour
1968The PowerFlora
1968Criminal Affair (Alternative titles: Seven Men and One Brain and Sette uomini e un cervello)
1973Charley and the AngelSadie
1974The PhotographerMrs. Wilde
1976Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved HollywoodNick's Girl
1953Studio One in HollywoodFirst Pretty GirlEpisode: "Complications of a Nervous Man"
1954The MaskEpisode: "Murder in the Burlesque House"
1954The United States Steel HourBridieEpisode: "Good for You"
1954The Philco-Goodyear Television PlayhouseRuthEpisode: "The Man in the Middle of the Ocean"
1954Center StageEpisode: "Heart of a Clown"
1954Armstrong Circle TheatreBar Patron/Party Flirt/Bobsey BaxterEpisode: "Fred Allen's Sketchbook"
1955DangerEpisode: "Sandy River Blues"
1956Chevron Hall of StarsRosieEpisode: "Double Cross"
1956It's a Great LifeCaroline Cabot2 episodes
1956-1958The Bob Cummings ShowMarian Billington3 episodes
1957Matinee TheaterEpisode: "The Gentleman Caller"
1957-1959The Thin ManVarious roles2 episodes
1958MaverickBlancheEpisode: "The Third Rider"
1958Love That JillGinger13 episodes
1958Shower of StarsMiss Kim O'DayEpisode #4.7
1958Climax!Dale BensonEpisode: "The Push-Button Giant"
1958DragnetEpisode: "The Big Star"
1958The Milton Berle ShowGuestEpisode dated November 19, 1958
1958-1960The Red Skelton HourGertie - Bolivar's Girlfriend4 episodes
1958-1960The Jack Benny ProgramMildred Meyerhouser4 episodes
1959The Scarface MobBrandy LaFranceTelevision movie
1959Westinghouse Desilu PlayhouseBrandy LaFrance2 episodes
1959The Real McCoysGladys SladeEpisode: "The Politician"
1959The UntouchablesBrandy LaFrance/Barbara Ritchie2 episodes
1959The Dennis O'Keefe ShowEpisode #1.10
1960Stagecoach WestSadie WrenEpisode: "A Time to Run"
1961The Twilight ZoneLiz PowellEpisode: "Twenty Two"
1961G.E. True TheaterLeslie BlaineEpisode: "The Small Elephants"
1961Michael ShayneTopaz McQuuenEpisode: "Marriage Can Be Fatal"
1961The Detectives Starring Robert TaylorAbby LandisEpisode: "Duty Date"
1961Miami UndercoverKittyEpisode: "Kitty"
1961Westinghouse PlayhouseLorraine HadleyEpisode: "House Guest"
1962The Dick Powell ShowBunny EasterEpisode: "No Strings Attached"
1963Alcoa PremiereWilly SimmsEpisode: "Five, Six, Pick Up Sticks"
1963Going My WayMarieEpisode: "Has Anyone Seen Eddie?"
1963Vacation PlayhouseBarbara AdamsEpisode: "All About Barbara"
1963Arrest and TrialGinnyEpisode: "Isn't It a Lovely View"
1963GrindlWilma BryanEpisode: "Grindl, Witness for the Defense"
1963The Beverly HillbilliesChickadee Laverne2 episodes
1964Kraft Suspense TheatreAnn HiltsEpisode: "My Enemy, This Town"
1964The Travels of Jaimie McPheetersMamieEpisode: "The Day of the Dark Deeds"
1965LaredoPrincessEpisode: "A Question of Discipline"
1966The Wild Wild WestBessieEpisode: "The Night of the Whirring Death"
1966BatmanMaid Marilyn2 episodes (35 and 36)
1967Green AcresWandaEpisode: "Never Take Your Wife to a Convention"
1967The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.Ida MartzEpisode: "The Phi Beta Killer Affair"
1967The Jackie Gleason ShowKitty - Big Sam's MollEpisode: "The Honeymooners: Two Faces of Ralph Kramden"
1969Hawaii Five-OBetseyEpisode: "A Thousand Pardons - You're Dead!"
1971The Smith FamilyEffieEpisode: "Greener Pastures"
1971The Doris Day ShowMrs. HollisterEpisode: "Have I Got a Fellow for You!"
1971Love, American StyleGladysSegment: "Love and the Doctor's Honeymoon"
1971-1973Adam-12Various roles3 episodes
1974Emergency!GingerEpisode: "Details"
1974The RookiesMarie AntionetteEpisode: "Blue Christmas"


  1. ^ "Barbara Nichols, 'dizzy blonde' actress, is dead". Lodi News-Sentinel. October 7, 1976. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 

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