Barbara Anderson (actress)
Barbara Anderson in 1969.
Barbara Jeanne Anderson
November 27, 1945
Don Burnett (m. 1971)
Barbara Jeanne Anderson (born November 27, 1945) is a retired American actress who is best known for portraying police officer Eve Whitfield in the television series Ironside, for which she won an Emmy Award. She is also known for her appearance as the secret agent Mimi Davis during the final season of the American TV series Mission: Impossible.
Anderson was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her father, George Anderson, was a Navy enlisted man. She spent her early years in New York City, but during her teenaged years, she resided in the Memphis, Tennessee, area, where her parents had moved.
Her interest in acting was kindled in her teenaged years. "I did a Tennessee Williams play when I was 16," she said, "I knew I'd be an actress. There was no doubt in my mind."
While she was a student at Memphis State University, Anderson won the title of Miss Memphis in 1963. Anderson was an actress with the Front Street Repertory Theatre and debuted professionally in Memphis with the Southwestern University Players. Later, she acted with the Los Angeles Art Theatre.
Anderson decided to move to Los Angeles. In 1966, one of her first TV appearances came in a first-season episode of Star Trek, "The Conscience of the King". Anderson also featured in the first episode of the TV series Mannix, broadcast in 1967.
Anderson became one of the four original cast members of the TV series Ironside, which began its run in the same year and was the lead actress in the series (for the first 105 episodes). Anderson played the role of one of two police officers chosen to assist Robert Ironside (Raymond Burr), former chief of detectives for San Francisco. Anderson continued in her role as Officer Whitfield for four seasons.
Later performances included the wife of a man who inherits a notoriously haunted house in the Night Gallery episode "Fright Night" and as a witness to a mob hit in the Harry O episode "Material Witness". She accepted a recurring role (seven episodes) in the final season of Mission Impossible.
In 1971, Anderson left Ironside, and full-time TV acting, to spend more time with her husband Don Burnett. However she did continue to work, accepting supporting roles in several TV movies, including the 1973 pilot film for The Six Million Dollar Man, the cult horror TV classic Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (where she played Kim Darby's best friend Joan Kahn), and 1977's You Lie So Deep, My Love (where she was reunited with former Ironside co-star Don Galloway). She also accepted guest roles on popular TV shows of the period including The Love Boat, Wonder Woman, and Marcus Welby, M.D.. In 1993, Anderson reunited with her former Ironside co-stars for the TV movie Return of Ironside, reprising her role as Eve Whitfield, now the mother of a daughter. After this role, Anderson retired from acting permanently.
In 1968, Anderson won the television Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in Drama Series for her work on Ironside. She was nominated for two more Emmys for her work on that program: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series (1969) and Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama (1970).
|1966||The Virginian||Sarah Crayton||Episode: "The Challenge"|
|1966||Jericho||Corporal Victoria Bannon||Episode: "Four O'Clock Bomb to London"|
|1966–1967||The Road West||Barbara / Susan Douglass||2 episodes|
|1966||Star Trek||Lenore||Episode: "The Conscience of the King"|
|1967||Laredo||Della Snilly||Episode: "The Other Cheek"|
|1967||Ironside||Eve Whitfield||Television film|
|1967–1971||Ironside||Officer Eve Whitfield||105 episodes|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1968)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1969, 1970)
|1967||Mannix||Angela Dubrio||Episode: "The Name Is Mannix"|
|1970||Paris 7000||Ellen / Lee||2 episodes|
|1970||The Red Skelton Show||Rick's Moll||Episode: "Freddie's Desperate Hour"|
|1970, 1974||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Julie Haynes / Marcy||2 episodes|
|1972||Mission: Impossible||Mimi Davis||7 episodes|
|1972||Visions...||Susan Schaeffer||Television film|
|1972||Night Gallery||Leona Ogilvy||Episode: "Fright Night"|
|1973||The Six Million Dollar Man||Jean Manners||Television film|
|1973||Don't Be Afraid of the Dark||Joan Kahn||Television film|
|1973||Medical Center||Betty||Episode: "The Casualty"|
|1973||The Wide World of Mystery||Maggie Clark||Episode: "Murder and the Computer"|
|1974||Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law||Carol||Episode: "To Keep and Bear Arms"|
|1974||Strange Homecoming||Elaine Halsey||Television film|
|1974||Harry O||Dr. Noelle Kira||Episode: "Material Witness"|
|1975||Amy Prentiss||Lenore||Episode: "Profile in Evil"|
|1975||Police Story||Rita Wagner||Episode: "To Steal a Million"|
|1975||You Lie So Deep, My Love||Susan Collins||Television film|
|1975||The Invisible Man||Paula Simon||Episode: "Eyes Only"|
|1977||Wonder Woman||Maggie Robbins||Episode: "Last of the $2 Bills"|
|1977||SST: Death Flight||Carla Stanley||Television film|
|1977||Switch||Dana Wallace||Episode: "Net Loss"|
|1978||Doctors' Private Lives||Frances Latimer||Television film|
|1978||The Love Boat||Karen Williamson||Episode: "Ship of Ghouls"|
|1979||Hawaii Five-O||Dorothy Meighan||Episode: "The Meighan Conspiracy"|
|1982||Star of the Family||Episode: "Save My Life, Please"|
|1983||Simon & Simon||Celeste Dunn - Fashion Designer||Episode: "Design for Killing"|
|1988||Bonanza: The Next Generation||Annabelle 'Annie' Cartwright||Television film|
|1993||The Return of Ironside||Eve Whitfield||Television film|
Awards and nominations
|1968||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Ironside||Won|
|1969||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Ironside||Nominated|
|1970||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Ironside||Nominated|
- Halliwell, Leslie (1965). The Filmgoer's Companion / with a Foreword by Alfred Hitchcock. Hill and Wang.
- "Barbara Anderson: She Bruises Easily". California, Pasadena. Independent Star-News. May 12, 1968. p. 74. Retrieved January 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Hall, Clara (May 31, 1968). "The 'New Ironsides' Look". Ohio, East Liverpool. The Evening Review. p. 1. Retrieved January 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Former Miss Memphis Stars Again". Tennessee, Kingsport. Kingsport Times. September 16, 1970. p. 30. Retrieved January 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Actress Persists in Career". Massachusetts, North Adams. The North Adams Transcript. July 16, 1969. p. 15. Retrieved January 4, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Miss Memphis 1963: Barbara Anderson". MissMemphisPageant.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
- "The six greatest 'Mannix' episodes, according to a superfan". MeTV. January 27, 2017. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
- "The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky · Page 14". Newspapers.com. June 12, 1971. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
- "Deadly Triangle". North Carolina, Lumberton. The Robesonian. October 23, 1977. p. 40.
- "Barbara Anderson: Awards and Nominations". Television Academy. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- Oppenheimer, Peer J. (July 18, 1971). "Why I Quit TV for Home and Hearth". Virginia, Danville. The Danville Register. p. 63. Retrieved January 5, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.