Judith O'Dea

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Judith O'Dea
Judith O'Dea clutching grave in Night of the Living Dead bw.jpg
O'Dea (as Barbra) clutching a gravestone in Night of the Living Dead.
Born (1945-04-20) April 20, 1945 (age 70)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968 - Present

Judith O'Dea (born April 20, 1945) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Barbra Hamilton in the 1968 George A. Romero film Night of the Living Dead.[1]


O'Dea as the catatonic and helpless Barbra in Night of the Living Dead, seen here with Duane Jones.

In addition to her signature role, O'Dea has appeared in the television movie The Pirate and the films Claustrophobia, Evil Deeds, and October Moon.[2] She also appeared in November Son, The Ocean, and Women's Studies.[3] She returned 2014 for the sequel Night of the Living Dead: Genesis to her figure Barbra Hamilton in Night of the Living Dead.[4]

O'Dea owns and operates O'Dea Communications, a firm which deals in oral communications training.[5]


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