Barbara Callcott

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Barbara Callcott (died 10 May 2013) was an Australian television personality, best known for her portrayal of the iconic schoolteacher Mrs Marsh in Colgate toothpaste advertisements.

When the TV and print commercials began in the 1970s, she became one of Australia's most well-known personalities. She continued intermittently in the campaign until shortly before her death. She continued to support the education of Australian children on the benefits of good oral health habits off-screen as well as publicly.[1]


She died in Queensland on 10 May 2013 from undisclosed causes. Colgate announced that they will initiate an education grant in her name in recognition of her contribution to oral health education.[2]


  1. ^ "Colgate's 'Mrs Marsh', Barbara Callcott, passes away". Herald Sun. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mrs Marsh of Colgate fame dies". 9MSN. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.