Barbara Whiting Smith
Barbara was born in Los Angeles to Richard and Eleanor Whiting. Her father was a composer who wrote classics such as "Hooray for Hollywood," "Too Marvelous for Words," "On the Good Ship Lollipop," "Ain't We Got Fun?," and "Till We Meet Again".
Her movie career began with the 1945 film, Junior Miss, a movie based on her popular radio show by the same name. This was followed by nine other starring roles until she married Gail Smith and retired.
On February 8, 1960, Barbara was honored with a star at 6443 Hollywood Boulevard, in the television section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Select film credits
- Junior Miss (1945) - Fuffy Adams
- Centennial Summer (1946) - Susanna Rogers
- Home, Sweet Homicide (1946) - Jo-Ella Holbrook
- Carnival in Costa Rica (1947) - Maria Molina
- City Across the River (1949) - Annie Kane
- I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951) - Ellen Cooper
- Beware, My Lovely (1952) - Ruth Williams
- Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (1952) - Suzy Milligan
- Dangerous When Wet (1953) - Suzie Higgins
- Paris Follies of 1956 (1955) (with sister Margaret Whiting) - Barbara Walton
Select television appearances
- The Ed Sullivan Show
- Starlight Theatre (1950)
- The Bigelow Theatre (1951)
- Dragnet (1954)
- The Public Defender (1954) - Elly Black / Torry
- Fireside Theatre (1955) - Marian
- The Jimmy Durante Show (1955) - Herself - Suzy the Hatcheck Girl
- TV Reader's Digest (1956) - Birdie
- The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (1956) - Herself - Singer
- Men of Annapolis (1957) - Willie (Wilhelmina)
Whiting's radio career was what she was most known for during her lifetime. In 1948 she began to star in CBS's Junior Miss. It was one of the most successful radio shows of the time especially with younger audiences.
Other radio roles both starring and guest appearing include:
- Hollywood Star Time
- Meet Corliss Archer
- The Screen Guild Theater
- The Great Gildersleeve
- Family Theater
- The Bing Crosby Show
- The Railroad Hour
- Broadway Is My Beat
- On Stage
- Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Personal life and death
Barbara was a "longtime volunteer" at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, Pontiac, Michigan. She lived a quiet life, dedicated to her son Richard.
- "Film Actress Barbara Whiting Smith Dies". The Index-Journal. June 13, 2004. p. 4. Retrieved August 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Premiere Set for New Show". The Daily Herald. June 27, 1955. p. 17. Retrieved August 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Barbara Whiting Smith". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- "(movie ad)". Brownwood Bulletin. June 13, 1956. p. 2. Retrieved August 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Barbara Whiting And Ad Man Marry". The Times. May 11, 1959. p. 27. Retrieved August 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.