Judith O'Dea

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Judith O'Dea
Judith O'Dea clutching grave in Night of the Living Dead bw.jpg
O'Dea in Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Born (1945-04-20) April 20, 1945 (age 74)
Years active1968–present

Judith O'Dea (born April 20, 1945) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Barbra in the 1968 George A. Romero film Night of the Living Dead.[1]


O'Dea as the catatonic and helpless Barbra in Night of the Living Dead, seen here with Duane Jones.

In addition to her signature role, O'Dea has appeared in the television movie The Pirate in the 1970s. She later took a break from acting to focus on raising her family.

In the new century, O'Dea returned to acting in several low-budget horror films, including[2] Claustrophobia, October Moon and Women's Studies.[3] She also returned to the Barbra role for the upcoming Night of the Living Dead: Genesis.[4]

She owns and operates O'Dea Communications, a firm which deals in oral-communications training.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
1968 Night of the Living Dead Barbra
1978 The Pirate Annie TV movie
2003 Claustrophobia Alena Gray
2005 October Moon Mrs. Hamilton
2008 November Son Emily Hamilton aka October Moon 2
2009 Timo Rose's Beast Boomer's Mother
2010 Women's Studies Senator Gayle Hamlin
2011 Shy of Normal: Tales of New Life Experiences Actress on TV
2014 Hole in the Wall Augusta Gein
They Came from the Ether Miss Clara
2015 Abandoned Dead Doctor Pamela Myers
2017 Safe Inside Crystal Lake
Night of the Living Dead: Genesis Barbra


  1. ^ "First Look at Judith O'Dea in Night of the Living Dead: Genesis". Dread Central. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  2. ^ J.C. Maçek III (2012-06-15). "The Zombification Family Tree: Legacy of the Living Dead". PopMatters.
  3. ^ WOMEN’S STUDIES trims down, seeks new home[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "'Night of the Living Dead's' Judith O'Dea Returns In 'Genesis'!". Bloody Disgusting. 2012-06-15.
  5. ^ O'Dea Communications

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