Barra Grant

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Barra Grant
Born Barbara Carol Wayne
(1948-12-24) December 24, 1948 (age 68)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Brian Reilly (1982-2011) (his death)
Parent(s) Bess Myerson

Barra Grant (born Barbara Carol Wayne; December 24, 1948) is an American actress, screenwriter, film director and playwright.

Personal life[edit]

Grant was born Barbara Carol Wayne in New York, New York, the daughter of Allan Wayne, a doll company executive, and Bess Myerson, Miss America 1945. Her parents divorced in 1958.[1] She became Barra Grant when her mother married Arnold Grant and he formally adopted her in 1962.[2] Barra Grant was married to writer and producer Brian Reilly until his death in 2011.[1][3]


Grant began her career as an actress in the early 1970s, appearing on television and in film. While acting at The Mark Taper she was inspired to start writing.[4] In 1978, she wrote and appeared in the film Slow Dancing in the Big City. She began her career in directing with an episode of NBC Special Treat called "The Tap Dance Kid" based on a novel by Louise Fitzhugh.[5]



Year Film Role Notes
2009 Love Hurts Writer/ Director
2005 Life of the Party Writer/ Director
1984 Misunderstood Writer
1978 Slow Dancing in the Big City Mildred Writer
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force Susan Hewman TV movie
1977 The Sunshine Boys Sylvia Grant TV movie
1976 Mother, Jugs & Speed Miss Crocker
1975 Let's Switch! Morgan Ames TV movie
1974 Roll, Freddy, Roll! Sidni Kane TV movie
Trapped Beneath the Sea Grace Wallants TV movie
1973 The Ted Bessell Show TV movie
1972 It Ain't Easy Ann
Daughters of Satan Chris Robertson


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Living Single "U.N.I.T.Y." (Writer)
1992 Freshman Dorm "The Last Sonnet" (Writer)
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special "Lies of the Heart" (Writer/ Director)
1990 The Earth Day Special TV special (Writer)
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse "Mabel and Max" (Writer)
1978 NBC Special Treat "The Tap Dance Kid" (Writer (teleplay)/ Director)
1976 Jigsaw John "Mourning Line" (Writer (teleplay)/ Director)
1976 Joe Forrester "Fire Power"
1973 Barnaby Jones Mrs. Morris "Stand-In for Death"
Gunsmoke Teresa "The Widow-Maker"
Love, American Style "Love and the Baby Derby"
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Eve Tanner "Tightrope to Tomorrow"
1972 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Judy Conrad "The Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter"
1971 Sarge Christina "A Terminal Case of Vengeance"
Take Three Girls Lulie
  • "Release"
  • "A School for Grievances"
  • "Composition Out of Discord"
  • "Freelance"
  • "A Little Blindness"
  • "Prelude to a New Arrangement"
  • "Kitsch, or Protocols in a Chinese Laundry"
  • "The Company of Madmen"
  • "Duet for Two Left Feet"
  • "Closed Circuit"
  • "The Private Sector"
  • "Coda and Resolution"


  • A Mother, a Daughter and a Gun (2006).[6]


  1. ^ a b "Bess and the Mess", The New Yorker Magazine; retrieved 2010-12-30.
  2. ^ Jewish Women's Archive: Bess Myerson Retrieved on 2010-12-30.
  3. ^ Mike Barnes (September 5, 2011), "'Santa Clause' Producer Brian Reilly Dies at 65", Hollywood Reporter 
  4. ^ "Barra Grant Interview"[permanent dead link] "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2010-12-30.  Retrieved on 2010-12-30.
  5. ^ "The Tap Dance Kid" Retrieved on 2010-12-30.
  6. ^ "Barra Grant" The New Yorker Magazine Retrieved on 2010-12-30.

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