Barbara Stuart

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Barbara Stuart
Barbara Ann McNeese

(1930-01-03)January 3, 1930
DiedMay 15, 2011(2011-05-15) (aged 81)
Years active1954-2006
Known forBachelor Party
Pete and Gladys
SpouseDick Gautier (m. 1967; div. 1979)

Barbara Stuart (born Barbara Ann McNeese; January 3, 1930[1][2] – May 15, 2011) was an American actress.

She had a recurring role of Sgt. Carter's girlfriend Bunny on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..

Early years[edit]

Born in Paris, Illinois, Stuart was raised in Hume, Illinois. Following her high school graduation, she studied acting at the Schuster-Martin School of Drama in Cincinnati before moving to New York City, where she studied under Uta Hagen and Stella Adler.[1]


On stage, Stuart performed in the national touring company of Lunatics and Lovers.[1] In the early 1960s, she was a showgirl in Las Vegas.[3] She also appeared in the films Marines, Let's Go (1961), Hellfighters (1968), Airplane! (1980), Bachelor Party (1984), and Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills (1997).[1]

Program Role
The Texan Poker Alice, episode "The Taming of Rio Nada," 1957
The George Burns Show Lily[4]
Peter Gunn as Candy Lane, S3, E24, "Come Dance with Me and Die." (1961) as Lavinia, S2, E12, "The Briefcase"
Perry Mason as Maizie Freitag, in "The Case of the Brazen Bequest" (S5E12-1961)
The Cara Williams Show Miss Hartley, episode "Get the Lead Out," 1964
The Andy Griffith Show Pat Blake, episode "TV or Not TV," 1965
The Dick Van Dyke Show Maureen Core AKA 'Marine Corps'
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Bunny[5]
The Great Gildersleeve Bessie[4]: 414 
The McLean Stevenson Show Peggy Ferguson[4]: 673 
The Twilight Zone Edith Rogers, "A Thing About Machines" (S2E4-1960) [4]: 673 
Pete and Gladys Alice[4]: 826 
The Queen & I Wilma Winslow[4]: 868 
Batman Rocket (year two, episodes 31 and 32)
Banacek Sailor (bar tender), episode "The Greatest Collection of Them All" (1973)
Three's Company Mrs. Medford, episode "Chrissy's Cousin" (S5E7-1980)
Martha, episode "Jack's Double Date (S7E17-1983)
The Untouchables Thelma Devores (The George 'Bugs' Moran Story) 1959

In the early 1990s, Stuart performed in dinner theaters.[6]

Personal life and death[edit]

Stuart married actor Dick Gautier[5] in 1967. Their honeymoon was canceled by her hospitalization for a blood clot in her leg. She was in the hospital for eight months as the clot moved to her lung and she developed pneumonia.[7]

On May 15, 2011, she died at a nursing home in St. George, Utah, aged 81.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Grimes, Williams (May 21, 2011). "Barbara Stuart, 81; television actress". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. The New York Times. p. B 10. Retrieved February 25, 2020 – via
  2. ^ "Barbara Stuart, actress, dies at 81". Longview News-Journal. Texas, Longview. Associated Press. May 24, 2011. p. A 8. Retrieved February 24, 2020 – via
  3. ^ Ames, Walter (August 31, 1960). "Gary Crosby Denies Proposing to Showgirl". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. Part I - 30. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 384. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  5. ^ a b Maays, Stan (January 23, 1969). "Actress Anchors 'Queen and I'". The Journal News. New York, White Plains. p. 30. Retrieved February 24, 2020 – via
  6. ^ Anderson, Porter (June 9, 1990). "Barbara Stuart is weak point in Showboat's 'Steel Magnolias'". The Tampa Tribune. Florida, Tampa. p. 66. Retrieved February 24, 2020 – via
  7. ^ Kleiner, Dick (May 10, 1977). "Failure gradually turning into success". El Paso Herald-Post. Texas, El Paso. p. 9. Retrieved February 24, 2020 – via
  8. ^ "Actress Barbara Stuart dies". Statesman Journal. Oregon, Salem. May 25, 2011. p. 22. Retrieved February 24, 2020 – via

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