Barbara Whiting Smith

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The Whiting sisters in 1955; Barbara is the brunette and Margaret is the blonde.

Barbara Whiting Smith (May 19, 1931 – June 9, 2004) was an actress in movies and on radio and television, primarily in the 1940s and 1950s. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Born in Los Angeles to Eleanor and Richard Whiting, she was the daughter of Richard A. Whiting, the composer who wrote classics such as "Hooray for Hollywood," "Too Marvelous for Words," "On the Good Ship Lollipop," "Ain't We Got Fun?," and "Till We Meet Again".


Her movie career began with the 1945 film, Junior Miss, a movie based on her popular radio show by the same name. This was followed by nine other starring roles until she married Gail Smith and retired. On television, she hosted the show Those Whiting Girls on CBS, along with her sister, Margaret Whiting.

Other film credits include:

Barbara worked with some of the greatest actors and directors in the business throughout her career including: Directors: George Seaton, Otto Preminger, Charles Walters, Richard Quine, Harry Horner, Michael Gordon, Gregory Ratoff, Lloyd Bacon

Actors: Susan Hayward, Tony Curtis, George Sanders, Walter Brennan, Peggy Ann Garner, Randolph Scott, Celeste Holm, Vera-Ellen, Ida Lupino, Dean Stockwell, Constance Bennett, Jeanne Crain, Robert Ryan, Esther Williams, and Jack Carson just to name a few

Television Appearances:

Radio career[edit]

Barbara's radio career was what she was most known for during her lifetime. In 1948 she began to star in CBS's extremely popular radio program "Junior Miss" It was one of the most successful radio shows of the time especially with younger audiences.

Other radio roles both starring and guest appearing include:

Life After Career[edit]

Barbara lived a quiet life, dedicated to her son Richard. She could often be found feeding the squirrels while singing and dancing around her kitchen.


Barbara had been treated for breast cancer and other forms of cancer. She died due to cancer, in Pontiac, Michigan, aged 73, in 2004.

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