Barbara Pepper

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Barbara Pepper
Barbara Pepper Publicity Photo.jpg
Born Marion Pepper
(1915-05-31)May 31, 1915
New York City, New York
Died July 18, 1969(1969-07-18) (aged 54)
Panorama City, California
Cause of death coronary thrombosis
Other names Barbara P. Enfield (married name)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1931–1969
Spouse(s) Craig Reynolds
(1943–1949; his death; 2 sons)

Barbara Pepper (born Marion Pepper; May 31, 1915 – July 18, 1969)[1] was an American stage, television, radio, and film actress. She is best known as the first "Doris Ziffel" on the sitcom Green Acres.

Early life and career[edit]

Pepper was born in New York City, the daughter of actor David Mitchell "Dave" Pepper. At age 16 she started life in show business with Goldwyn Girls, a musical stock company where she met lifelong friend Lucille Ball. Pepper began making movies, among her many film parts were My Fair Lady and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. She also performed radio parts. In 1943, she married actor Craig Reynolds (né Harold Hugh Enfield), and the couple later had two sons. After Reynolds died in 1949 in a California motorcycle accident, Pepper was left to raise their children alone.[2] She never remarried.[citation needed]

After gaining weight, her roles were mostly confined to small character parts on television, including several appearances on I Love Lucy, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Petticoat Junction, and The Jack Benny Program. She made four appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of Martha Dale, mother of the title character, in the 1957 episode "The Case of the Vagabond Vixen." She may be best remembered, however, as the first Doris Ziffel on Petticoat Junction in 1964, although her character's name on the "Genghis Keane" episode of Petticoat Junction was Ruth Ziffel. Her role as Doris Ziffel continued on Green Acres from 1965 to 1968, until heart ailments finally forced her to leave that weekly series. Veteran actress Fran Ryan replaced her on Green Acres, which would continue to run for another three years. Pepper's final performance was in the 1969 film Hook, Line & Sinker, in which she played Jerry Lewis's secretary.


Barbara Pepper died of a coronary thrombosis at age 54 on July 18, 1969, in Panorama City, California. She was buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.[3]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 144. ISBN 9780786450190. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Erskine (April 29, 1967). "A Colorful and Tragic Real Life". The Kingston Daily Freeman. New York, Kingston. p. 25. Retrieved April 26, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, California; Find a Grave memorial 5549 with biographical profile and photographs established May 21, 1999. Retrieved April 12, 2017.

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