Barbara Werle

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Barbara Werle
Barbara Werle 1978.jpg
Werle in 1978
Barbara May Theresa Werle

(1928-10-06)October 6, 1928
DiedJanuary 1, 2013(2013-01-01) (aged 84)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1963–1976
Spouse(s)John Branca Sr.
ChildrenJohn Gregory Branca[1]

Barbara May Theresa Werle (October 6, 1928 – January 1, 2013) was an American actress, dancer and singer, best known for her role in Seconds (1966).


Werle was born on October 6, 1928, in Mount Vernon, New York. She became a ballroom dancer after graduating from high school, winning the acclaimed Harvest Moon Ball in the early 1950s. As part of the dance team Barbara and Mansell, she toured the U.S.[2]

On television, Werle had the role of June on San Francisco International Airport (1970–1971).[3] Her other television credits included appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and recurring roles on the NBC television series, The Virginian, during the 1960s and 1970s.[2]

Werle's film credits included the Elvis Presley films Tickle Me, Harum Scarum (1965) and Charro! (1969); Battle of the Bulge (1965), The Rare Breed (1966), Gunfight in Abilene (1967), Krakatoa, East of Java (1969), and Gone with the West (1974).


She retired to La Costa, California.[2] She sang as a soprano for the local St. Elizabeth Seton Traditional Choir from 2000 until 2012.[2] Her children include entertainment lawyer John Gregory Branca.


Werle died at age 84 on January 1, 2013, from undisclosed causes, at Carlsbad, California.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Tickle Me Barbara
1965 Harum Scarum Leilah
1965 Battle of the Bulge Elena
1966 The Rare Breed Gert
1966 Seconds Secretary
1967 Gunfight in Abilene Leann
1967 Bikini Paradise Bit part Uncredited
1968 Krakatoa, East of Java Charley
1969 Charro! Sara Ramsey
1974 Gone with the West Billie


  1. ^ "Barbara Werle". lohud. Archived from the original on September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Barbara May Theresa Werle obituary". U-T San Diego. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 926. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. ^ "Barbara Werle (1928–2013) Obituary". The Journal News. January 9, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013.

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