BarBara Luna

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For the Argentine singer, see Barbara Luna (singer).
BarBara Luna
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Luna in New York 2009
Born Barbara Ann Luna
(1939-03-02) March 2, 1939 (age 75)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1949–present
Spouse(s) Doug McClure (m. 1961–63)(divorced)
Website
http://www.barbaraluna.com

Barbara Luna (born March 2, 1939) is an American actress with an extensive list of roles in film, television and musicals. Since 2004,[1] she has used the spelling BarBara Luna professionally.

Notable roles included Five Weeks in a Balloon and Lt. Marlena Moreau in the classic Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror". She appeared during 2004 and 2010 in the first and sixth episodes of Star Trek: New Voyages, a fan-created show distributed over the Internet (and retitled Star Trek: Phase II in 2008).

Biography[edit]

Born in Manhattan, New York City, BarBara Luna (as spelled on her official site), was introduced to Broadway shows early in life. She was tapped by Rodgers and Hammerstein to play the daughter of Ezio Pinza in the original Broadway production of South Pacific, in which she sang the show's opening song, Dites-Moi. She next appeared in The King and I as one of the Siamese children, advancing to the more important role of "Royal Dancer" by the time the show closed on Broadway. Not wishing to drop out of school to go on the road, she auditioned for and won the understudy role of Lotus Blossom in Teahouse of the August Moon. A few months later, after graduating from high school, she was given the starring role of Lotus Blossom in Teahouse and toured with the show's company for three years.

Director Mervyn LeRoy saw her performance as Lotus Blossom in Los Angeles and cast her to play Camille, the blind girl who was Frank Sinatra's love interest in The Devil at 4 O'Clock.[2] This led to roles in other films including Meli in Firecreek, as Amparo in Ship of Fools, as Cat in The Concrete Jungle, and as Makia in Five Weeks in a Balloon.

Opportunities in television came as well. Luna has appeared in some 500 television shows, including Walt Disney's Zorro, where she was a recurring character in the "Joaquin" arc as Theresa, the Tamale Peddler, the role of Rikki Stevens in the 1958 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Sardonic Sergeant," The Wild Wild West as Gatita, The Big Valley as Miranda, Gunsmoke as Chavela, Overland Trail as Estrelita (in episode "Mission to Mexico"), Bonanza as Cayetena Losaro, The Outer Limits as Gaby Christian, The Invaders as Lisa, Hawaiian Eye in three episodes "The Koa Man" as Susan Chang, "Sword of the Samurai" as Michiko and "Payoff" as Tia Kuno, "Hawaii Five-O" in two episodes "A Thousand Pardons, You're Dead" as Yoko Collins and "A Lion in the Streets" as Elena Kamoku, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century as Koori, Dallas as Carmen Esperanza, Charlie's Angels as Cynthia Weaver and two guest starring roles on the original Mission: Impossible as one well as one guest starring role in the 1980s remake of that series. One of her better-known roles was Lt. Marlena Moreau in the "Mirror, Mirror" episode of Star Trek: The Original Series (1967) — a role she still commemorates as a guest of Star Trek conventions worldwide. She has also had roles in the television soap operas Search for Tomorrow and One Life to Live. The actress also appeared as Marnya on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode "The Man from THRUSH Affair".

Between film commitments, Luna remained active in musicals. She appeared as Anita in five companies of West Side Story, including a revival at Lincoln Center in New York City. Her last Broadway show was A Chorus Line in the role of Diana Morales (in the "New" New York cast in 1976). This performance led to the preparation of a cabaret act for her. Its opening night, at Freddie's in New York City, drew rave reviews and led to engagements at the Concord Hotel in the Catskills and at clubs in Atlantic City and Los Angeles.[3]

Within the past few years, Luna has hosted the Ms. Roanoke Beauty Pageant, entertained at Arci's Supper Club on Park Avenue in New York City, and performed for the Richard Rodgers 100th Anniversary celebration at Town Hall in New York City. Currently Luna is a member of The Thalians, a charity foundation at Cedars Sinai Hospital, and she supports other charitable causes. She is an avid sports fan; she roller-skates and plays golf and tennis.

Filmography[edit]

Television work[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barbara Luna at the Internet Movie Database. Star Trek: New Voyages (TV series), "In Harms Way" (2004) … Veronica (as BarBara Luna). Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. ^ The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961) at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Official biography

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