Barbara Rhoades

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Barbara Rhoades
Born (1946-03-23) March 23, 1946 (age 71)
Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
Other names Barbara Rhodes
Barbara Orenstein
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968-present
Spouse(s) Bernie Orenstein (1979-present)

Barbara Rhoades (born March 23, 1946)[1] is an American actress, known primarily for her comedy and mystery roles, especially as lady bandit Penelope "Bad Penny" Cushings in The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968). She had a recurring role on Soap, as Maggie Chandler, Jodie Dallas' future wife.


Born in 1946 in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she was raised, Rhoades began acting in the late 1960s, playing guest roles on, among other television series, It Takes a Thief, Ironside (3 episodes, including "Dora", as actress who is paid to fake an attempted rape), Mannix, McMillan and Wife, Columbo, Kojak, Alias Smith and Jones, Love, American Style, The Odd Couple, The Six Million Dollar Man, Maude, Trapper John, M.D., and Murder, She Wrote. She was a regular cast member of the 1977 situation comedy Busting Loose, portraying Melody Feebeck.

In 1989, she was cast as Jessica Gardner on Generations. On television into the 2000s, she appeared on a 2003 episode of Law & Order.[2]

Rhoades appeared in a number of 1970s films. They include There Was a Crooked Man... (1970), opposite Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda, and Up the Sandbox (1972) starring Barbra Streisand. She played a police officer, "No Balls" Hadley, in 1977's The Choirboys and a Vegas hooker who picks up Art Carney along the road during his Oscar-winning performance in Harry and Tonto (1974). She appeared in The Goodbye Girl (1977) and, unfortunately, Scream Blacula, Scream (1973). In 2007, she appeared in First Born with Elisabeth Shue.[3]

She joined the American soap opera One Life to Live in 2011, playing the recurring role of Irene Manning, childhood best friend of Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak). She was also a frequent panelist on the popular game show Match Game '78, hosted by Gene Rayburn.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West Penelope 'Bad Penny' Cushings
Don't Just Stand There! Kendall Flanagan
1970 There Was a Crooked Man... Miss Jessie Brundidge
1972 Up the Sandbox Dr. Bolden
1973 Scream Blacula Scream Elaine
Little Cigars Helen Credited as Barbara Rhodes
Alternative title: The Little Cigars Mob
1974 Harry and Tonto Stephanie
1976 The Great Houdini Margery Crandon
1977 The Choirboys No Balls Hadley
1977 The Goodbye Girl Donna
1980 Serial Vivian
Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Virginian Josie Episode: "With Help from Ulysses"
1968 It Takes a Thief Hilda Episode: "A Spot of Trouble"
1968 Mannix Billie 1 episode
1969 Love, American Style Bunny Season 1, Episode 2, Vignette: "Love and the Unlikely Couple"
Credited as Barbara Rhodes
1970 The Partridge Family La Von Episode: "Danny and the Mob"
1971 Bewitched Aretha Episode: "The House That Uncle Arthur Built "
1972 McCloud Susan Episode: "Give My Regrets to Broadway"
1972 Mission: Impossible Vicki Wells 1 episode
1972-1973 McMillan and Wife 4 episodes
1973 Kojak Joanna Ferro Episode: "Web of Death"
1973 Night Gallery Julie Episode: "Something in the Woodwork"
1974 Happy Days Bubbles McCall Episode: "The Skin Game"
1974 Nakia Jackie Thayer Episode: "Roots of Anger"
1975 Petrocelli Virginia Halima 1 episode
1975 Ellery Queen Veronica Vale 1 episode
1975 Columbo Joyce Episode: "Identity Crisis"
1976 The Blue Knight Carrie 4 episodes
1976 Sanford and Son Gladys 3 episodes
1977 Busting Loose Melody Feebeck Regular (21 episodes)
1977 "Match Game" Herself ('77-'82) 1978 The Love Boat Di Di Donnelly 1 episode
1978 Maude Maggie Gallagher 1 episode
1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries Alicia Episode "Murder! Murder!"
1979 Hanging In Maggie Gallagher 4 episodes
1980–1981 Soap Maggie Chandler 10 episodes
1982 Magnum, P.I. Marcella Ziller 1 episode
1984 Murder, She Wrote Barbara Stevenson 1 episode
1985 Cagney & Lacey Cece Wentworth 1 episode
1986 You Again? Maggie Davis 4 episodes
1988 Charles in Charge Pat Walker 1 episode
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Daphne Dumont 1 episode
1991 Over My Dead Body Det. Loraine McBride 1 episode
1993 Diagnosis Murder Marcy Blake 1 episode
1995 Marker Woman 1 episode
2003 Law & Order Kathy McGarity 1 episode
2011 One Life to Live Irene Manning


  1. ^ Born 1946 per, giving her age at 32 in February 1979 when she married Bernie Orenstein; also, Intelius gives her age as of October 6, 2016 as 70.
  2. ^ "Barbara Rhoades profile at". Archived from the original on March 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  3. ^ a b Barbara Rhoades at the Internet Movie Database

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