Barbara Slater (actress)

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Barbara Slater
Slater as she appeared in Half-Wits Holiday.
Born (1920-12-17)December 17, 1920
New York, New York, U.S.
Died October 14, 1997(1997-10-14) (aged 76)
Green Valley, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 19411947
Spouse(s) Robert Foulk
(m. 1947—1989; his death)
Charles Sims
(m. 1990s—1997; her death)

Barbara Slater (December 17, 1920–October 14, 1997) was an American film actress. She appeared in over 20 films between 1941 and 1947.

Modern viewers will recognize Slater for her roles in two Three Stooges films from the 1940s. She was the rumba dancing partner of Curly Howard in Three Smart Saps. Standing nearly six feet tall, Slater towers over the short Stooge, and then manages to tear off his trousers, thanks to the pants being loosely based. Slater also appeared as Lulu Quackenbush in Half-Wits Holiday, with Curly eating her lipstick, thinking it is edible. Thanks to the popularity of the Stooges, Slater is seen almost daily worldwide due to the films' constant television broadcasts.[1]

Slater also appears in Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux, as the florist who eavesdrops on Monsieur Verdoux's telephone seduction of his next intended victim.

In addition to her film work, Slater was a model at the John Robert Powers Agency in the early 1940s.[2]

Slater left Hollywood in 1947, and married character actor Robert Foulk that same year. They were married until his death in 1989. Slater was later married to Charles Sims until her death on October 14, 1997.[3]


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  2. ^ Barbara Slater at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Capello, Bill. The Three Stooges Journal #93 (Spring 2000)

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