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Barbara Niven
Barbara Lee Bucholz

(1953-02-26) February 26, 1953 (age 66)
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Ronald Garrison 1974
David Alexander 1985
David Niven, Jr. (1993–1998)

Barbara Niven (born February 26, 1953[2]) is an American actress and producer, best known for her performances in Lifetime movies and Hallmark movies, and television roles in Pensacola: Wings of Gold, One Life to Live, Cedar Cove, and Chesapeake Shores. Niven also had the leading role in the independent film A Perfect Ending (2012).[3]

Life and career

Barbara Lee Bucholz was born in Portland, Oregon, and attended Beverly Hills Playhouse. She is known for her roles on soap operas The Bold and the Beautiful as Brenda Dickerson, and in One Life to Live as Liz Coleman Reynolds.[4][5][6]

(Between 1986-1993 she was billed as Barbara Lee Alexander.)

Niven starred on the syndicated drama series Pensacola: Wings of Gold (1998-2000). Niven also has appeared in guest roles on numerous television series, including ER, Cold Case, Las Vegas, NCIS, Charmed, Eli Stone and had recurring roles on Pacific Palisades and Silk Stalkings.

She played Marilyn Monroe in the HBO film The Rat Pack[6] (1998) and has appeared in many films such as Hired to Kill (1990), Under Lock and Key (1995), Forest Warrior (1996), Foxfire (1996), Breast Men (1997), The Drone Virus (2004), Chasing Ghosts (2005), Redline (2007), Summer's Blood (2009), A Perfect Ending (2012) and Suburban Gothic (2014). She has also appeared in a number of Lifetime movies - Stranger in My Bed (2005), The Perfect Neighbor (2005), Double Cross (2006), Murder in My House (2006), A Valentine Carol (2007), Dead at 17 (2008), Accused at 17 (2009), Heat Wave (2009), My Mother's Secret (2012), The Wife He Met Online (2012), Disney Channel's Tiger Cruise (2004), and Hallmark's Wedding Daze (2004), Back to You and Me (2005), Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery (2006), and McBride: Semper Fi (2007)

In 2013, Niven was cast in Hallmark Channel first original drama series Cedar Cove, opposite Andie MacDowell and Bruce Boxleitner.[7]

Niven has written two books, Get Your Woman On and How Did You Do That!.[8] In 2014, she co-starred with Kat Dennings and Ray Wise, in the horror comedy Suburban Gothic.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Promise Joan Television film
1989 My Two Dads Veronica Miles Episode: "Duel"
1990 Equal Justice Maggie Sue Episode: "Balancing Act"
1990 Hired to Kill Sheila
1990 Fatal Encounter
1992 Wings Susan Episode: "The Fortune Cookie"
1993 Psycho Cop Returns Sharon
1993 Illegal Entry: Formula for Fear Pamela Raby
1995 Renegade Tammy Watkins Episode: "Rancho Escondido"
1995 The Sister-in-Law Ashley Hawkins Television film
1995 Under Lock and Key Tina
1995 Taken Alive Veronica
1996 Lone Tiger Jane Costello
1996 Foxfire Goldie's Stepmother
1996 Humanoids from the Deep Fran Taylor Television film
1996 Forest Warrior Stacy Franklin
1996 Depraved Monica Stienman
1996 The Bold and the Beautiful Brenda Dickerson Recurring role
1997 Pacific Palisades Evelyn Cabot Recurring role, 4 episodes
1997 Breast Men Cindy Television film
1997 Doublecross on Costa's Island Veronica
1993-1998 Silk Stalkings Various roles 4 episodes
1998 Mike Hammer, Private Eye Connie Paley Episode: "Dead Men Talk"
1998 The Rat Pack Marilyn Monroe Television film
1998 I Married a Monster Linda Television film
1999 Love Boat: The Next Wave Elise Daley Episode: "Prom Queen"
1999 Anoosh of the Airways Suzy
1999 Born Bad Brian's Mother
2000 Luminarias Jan
1998-2000 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Kate Series regular, 43 episodes
2001 Alone with a Stranger Sandy Kennington Television film
2002 ER Stephanie Episode: "Bygones"
2002-2003 One Life to Live Liz Coleman Reynolds Recurring role
2003 A Carol Christmas Sexy TV Star Television film
2004 Serial Killing 4 Dummys Donna Noland
2004 Cold Case Mavis Breen Episode: "Greed"
2004 Las Vegas Alice Gold Episode: "The Strange Life of Bob"
2004 Tiger Cruise Kate Dolan Television film
2004 Wedding Daze News Reporter Television film
2004 The Drone Virus Dr. Sloan
2005 The Perfect Neighbor Donna Germaine Television film
2005 Back to You and Me Connie Murray Television film
2005 Stranger in My Bed Christine Goudet Television film
2005 Chasing Ghosts Patricia King
2005 NCIS Dr. Elaine Burns Episode: "Silver War"
2006 Double Cross Suzanne Debson Television film
2006 Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery Annie Television film
2006 Charmed Helen Jenkins Episodes: "Mr. & Mrs. Witch" and "Generation Hex"
2006 Murder in My House Lauren Kessler Television film
2006 All You've Got Peggy McDonald
2006 The Rival The Rival Television film
2007 McBride: Semper Fi Claire Whitman Television film
2007 A Valentine Carol Jackie Marley Television film
2007 Redline Sally Martin
2007 The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman Anne O'Connell Episode: "We're Number Two!"
2008 Eli Stone Ellen Wethersby Episodes: "Pilot" and "Father Figure"
2008 Black Widow Tiffany Collins Television film
2008 Dead at 17 Alyssa Harris Television film
2008 Never Enough: Sex, Money and Parking Garages in San Francisco Sylvia Chaisem
2008 Short Track Audrey Beckett
2008 Moonlight & Mistletoe Ginny Television film
2009 Heat Wave Governor Carol Quinlan Television film
2009 Anti-Narcotics Capt. Chandler
2009 Back to the Horn Capt. Chandler
2009 Let's Make a Deal Capt. Chandler
2009 Summer's Blood Gaia Hoxey
2009 Accused at 17 Claire Werner Television film
2009 The Alpha Geek Maggie Malone
2012 My Mother's Secret Evelyn Wells Television film
2012 Home Invasion Tricia Patterson Television film
2012 The Wife He Met Online Alma Television film
2012 A Perfect Ending Rebecca Westridge
2012 Gabe the Cupid Dog Ms. Andrews
2013 Meth Head Madelaine
2013 Being Us Julie
2013–2015 Cedar Cove Peggy Beldon Series regular, 25 episodes
2014 The M Word Nicki
2014 Hamlet's Ghost Sarah Goodman
2014 Suburban Gothic Eve
2015 Parks and Recreation June Hartwell Episode: "Pie-Mary"
2015 Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery Delores Television film
2015 Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery Delores Television film
2015 A Christmas Detour Susan Hallmark Movie
2016 Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery Delores Television film
2016-present Chesapeake Shores Megan O'Brien Television series
2017 Christmas In Evergreen Carol Shaw Hallmark Movie
2018 Christmas In Evergreen: Letters To Santa Carol Shaw Hallmark Movie
2019 Love On The Menu Andrea Hallmark Movie


  1. ^ a b c Barbara Niven Biography
  2. ^ "Barbara Niven Biography (1953-)". Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  3. ^ "Barbara Niven's role of a lifetime in 'A Perfect Ending' (Includes interview)". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Barbara Niven (ex-Liz, OLTL, 2002-03; ex-Brenda, B&B, 1996)". Soap Opera Digest. 2004-07-08. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  5. ^ "Ex-One Life To Live's Barbara Niven In Us. (Video Included.) - One Life To Live News -". Retrieved 2013-06-25.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b ""One Live to Live" Star Bio - Barbara Niven - "Elizabeth Reynolds"". 2013-02-14. Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  7. ^ "Hallmark Channel's 'When Calls The Heart' Adds Cast; 'Cedar Cove' July Premiere Set". Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  8. ^ "Barbara Niven - Cast - Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove". Hallmark Channel. Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  9. ^ Henley, Ken W (December 19, 2014). "Festival Favorites 'It Follows', 'Suburban Gothic' Get New Trailers".

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