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March 23, 1947 |
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Barbara Rhodes|
|Spouse(s)||Bernie Orenstein (1979-present)|
Barbara Rhoades (born March 23, 1947) is an American actress, known primarily for her comedy and mystery roles, especially as lady bandit Penelope "Bad Penny" Cushings in The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968). She had a memorable role as Jodie Dallas's future wife, Maggie Chandler, in the TV series Soap.
Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, Rhoades began acting in the late 1960s, playing guest roles on, among other television series, It Takes a Thief, Ironside (3 episodes, including "Dora", as actress who is paid to fake an attempted rape), Mannix, Columbo, Kojak, Alias Smith and Jones, Love, American Style, The Odd Couple, The Six Million Dollar Man, Maude, Trapper John, M.D., and Murder, She Wrote. She was a regular cast member of the 1977 situation comedy Busting Loose, portraying Melody Feebeck.
In 1989, she was cast as Jessica Gardner on the NBC soap opera Generations. On television into the 2000s, she appeared on a 2003 episode of Law & Order. She also had a recurring role as the private detective Maggie Chandler on Soap.
A tall (5-foot-10), voluptuous redhead, Rhoades appeared in a number of 1970s films. They include There Was a Crooked Man... (1970), opposite Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda, and Up the Sandbox (1972) starring Barbra Streisand. She played a police officer, "No Balls" Hadley, in 1977's The Choirboys and a Vegas hooker who picks up Art Carney along the road during his Oscar-winning performance in Harry and Tonto (1974). She also had a role in Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (1977) and 1973's "Scream Blacula,Scream". In 2007, she appeared in the movie First Born with Elisabeth Shue.
|1968||The Shakiest Gun in the West||Penelope 'Bad Penny' Cushings|
|1973||Scream Blacula Scream||Elaine|
|Little Cigars||Helen||Credited as Barbara Rhodes
Alternative title: The Little Cigars Mob
|1974||Harry and Tonto||Stephanie|
|1976||The Great Houdini||Margery Crandon|
|1977||The Choirboys||No Balls Hadley|
|1968||The Virginian||Josie||1 episode|
|1970||The Partridge Family||La Von||1 episode|
|1972||Mission: Impossible||Vicki Wells||1 episode|
|1973||Night Gallery||Julie||1 episode|
|1974||Happy Days||Bubbles McCall||1 episode|
|1975||Petrocelli||Virginia Halima||1 episode|
|1976||The Blue Knight||Carrie||4 episodes|
|1976||Sanford and Son||Gladys||3 episodes|
|1977||Busting Loose||Melody Feebeck||Regular (21 episodes)|
|1978||The Love Boat||Di Di Donnelly||1 episode|
|1979||Hanging In||Maggie Gallagher||6 episodes|
|1980–1981||Soap||Maggie Chandler||10 episodes|
|1982||Magnum, P.I.||Marcella Ziller||1 episode|
|1984||Murder, She Wrote||Barbara Stevenson||1 episode|
|1985||Cagney & Lacey||Cece Wentworth||1 episode|
|1986||You Again?||Maggie Davis||4 episodes|
|1988||Charles in Charge||Pat Walker||1 episode|
|1990||Father Dowling Mysteries||Daphne Dumont||1 episode|
|1991||Over My Dead Body||Det. Loraine McBride||1 episode|
|1993||Diagnosis Murder||Marcy Blake||1 episode|
|2003||Law & Order||Kathy McGarity||1 episode|
|2011||One Life To Live||Irene Manning|