Denise DuBarry

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Denise DuBarry (born March 6, 1956) is an American actress, businesswoman, film producer, and philanthropist. She co-founded Thane International, Inc. a global leader in the direct response industry along with her husband, Bill Hay in 1990.She also has a daughter named as Samantha Lockwood with Gary Lockwood, his She served as its Chief Creative Officer for 15 years 1990–2005. As an actress, she is best known for her role as Samantha Green on the television series Black Sheep Squadron, and as Johanna Franklin in the film Being There. She was a pioneer in the infomercial industry as a producer of Play the Piano Overnight in 1988 which won the Billboard Music Award for Best Music Instruction Video that year and then Play the Guitar Overnight which won the 1991 Billboard Music Award for Best Music Instruction.

Denise DuBarry (in 1989)

Early life[edit]

DuBarry was born in Killeen, Texas at the Fort Hood Army Base to Adrian Pierre DuBarry and his wife, Betty Louise (née King). Her parents moved back to Louisiana where they were from so that her father could finish his master's degree at LSU in Baton Rouge. The family later moved to Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica, where DuBarry grew up from ages 2 to 10, and learned to speak fluent Spanish. The family moved throughout California, eventually settling in Granada Hills, California where DuBarry attended middle school and high school. After her parents' divorce, as the eldest of five siblings, she was responsible at age 14 with looking after her younger siblings while her mother worked.[citation needed]

Yoga[edit]

DuBarry has been practicing yoga since 1979. She founded and owned Malibu Yoga[1] in 1986 which catered to a celebrity clientele. She gifted the studio to a friend in 1990 when she relocated. She is a partner in Palm Desert, California's Bikram Yoga University Village Studio[2]

Career[edit]

1974–1979[edit]

At age 18, she went to work for her father in his paper export business, DuBarry International and attended acting lessons at night with Milton Katselas and Charles E. Conrad. She landed commercials for Michelob Beer, Chevrolet Camaro and featured extra roles in the kid shows, Magic Mongo, Wonder Woman and an appearance on The Gong Show as beauty contestant "Ms. Hold the Mayo". She competed in several real beauty contests including Ms. Malibu where she won "Most Photogenic". She was hired to co-star in a CBS Movie of the Week, Deadman's Curve. She landed a regular role on the last season of the NBC World War II television series, Black Sheep Squadron. Director Hal Ashby cast her in a featured role in the 1979 film Being There.[3]

1980–1989[edit]

In 1982 DuBarry and Gary Lockwood formed a production company, Xebec Productions, and she began writing and fundraising for film development and production, while she continued to act. In 1985, she appeared in the cult film Monster in the Closet. In 1986, she appeared in the film Lethal (aka KGB, the Secret War). In 1987, she and a partner produced Play the Piano Overnight.

1990–2005[edit]

She met her future husband Bill Hay through mutual friend Dick Robertson, then president of Warner Bros. Television Distribution. The couple formed[4] and produced and distributed,[5][6] Beat the Recession and a slew of other infomercials.

2005–Present[edit]

In 2005, DuBarry founded Kaswit, Inc., a direct response marketing company. Through her production company founded in 2006, Blue Moxie Entertainment, DuBarry produced the feature film, Shoot the Hero, which had its World Premiere at the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival.[7]

Community service[edit]

She is involved with the local desert community and became president of Palm Springs Women in Film & Television, a non-profit organization whose goal is to empower women in the film and television industry to help advance their careers through networking and mentoring programs. PSWIFT initiatives launched under her leadership have been the pswift.com site and the psfilmoffice.com site, a virtual film office for the Palm Springs area designed to help bring more film and television production to the Coachella Valley. She fought to get the officially sanctioned "Oscar Night America" gala celebrating the Academy Awards to the Coachella Valley for 2008 and 2009. [3] [4] She serves as a trustee for Olive Crest homes for abused children. As Development Chair, she developed strategies for raising millions of dollars to build four residential homes, each housing six children, one of which is the DuBarry-Hay Family home.

DuBarry has served as a board member of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Women Leaders Forum, the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA)[5] and Thane International. She serves on the advisory board of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP), and serves on the board of the Palm Springs Cultural Center and as board/Marketing Committee of Marywood/Palm Valley School, where she developed the International Guest Student Program.

Congresswoman Mary Bono presented DuBarry with the Desert Diva Award at the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television Broken Glass Awards.[8] DuBarry received the "Woman of Distinction in the Arts" from the American League of Pen Women for her work in the arts and she and Hay received a joint Ernst and Young "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" in 1998. DuBarry has a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ January 19, 1989, pp. 12–13. "Uptight People Try for a Stretch"- Carrie McNamara(McNamara 1989)
  2. ^ Folmer, James. "Actress takes on a new role: DuBarry hay opens Bikram yoga studio." The Desert Sun, February 21, 2011, p. B5.
  3. ^ IMDb profile for Being There (film)
  4. ^ Thane International
  5. ^ Play the Guitar Overnight
  6. ^ Playboy's Secrets to Making Love to the Same Person Forever, which was shot at the Playboy mansion
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