Barbara Baxley

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Barbara Baxley
Barbara Baxley 1960.JPG
Baxley in 1960.
Born Barbara Angie Rose Baxley
Porterville, California, U.S.
Died June 7, 1990(1990-06-07) (aged 67)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Film, stage, television actress
Years active 1950–1990

Barbara Baxley (January 1, 1923 – June 7, 1990) was an American actress and singer.

Early life[edit]

Barbara Angie Rose Baxley was born in Porterville, California, the daughter of Emma (née Tyler) and Bert Baxley.[1]


A life member of the Actors Studio,[2] Baxley also studied acting under the tutelage of Sanford Meisner at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City. Her first film was East of Eden, where she portrayed Adam Trask's obnoxious nurse at the end of the film.

In 1961, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress (Dramatic) for her performance in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' comedy, Period of Adjustment. She appeared in Chekhov's The Three Sisters and Neil Simon's Plaza Suite, as well as the 1960s Broadway musical She Loves Me, which co-starred Jack Cassidy, Barbara Cook and Daniel Massey. She also starred in the 1976 Broadway play Best Friend.

Baxley appeared in supporting roles in many television series of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. She played a wife having her rodeo-performing husband, played by Lee Van Cleef, murdered in the CBS crime drama series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, starring David Janssen. She appeared in a 1958 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Gilded Lily", as Enid Griffin. She played two different characters in two episodes of Have Gun – Will Travel, starring Richard Boone. Hawaii Five 0 1974

Baxley played the role of Lady Pearl in Robert Altman's film Nashville (1975), and the mother of Sally Field's character in Norma Rae (1979).


Baxley died at age 67 at her home in Manhattan of an apparent heart attack.[3]



  1. ^ Barbara Baxley profile,; accessed May 18, 2015.
  2. ^ David Garfield (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of the Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of the Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co. Inc. p. 277. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  3. ^ "Barbara Baxley, 67, Who Acted In Theater, Movie and TV Roles", The New York Times, June 9, 1990.

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