Olivia Barash

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Olivia Barash
Olivia Barash 1978.jpg
Barash in a 1978 episode of Charlie's Angels
Born (1965-01-11) January 11, 1965 (age 54)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Years active1968–present

Olivia Barash (born January 11, 1965) is an American actress. She began her career as a child actor, appearing in television series such as Little House on the Prairie, Charlie's Angels, and Soap. She subsequently had a lead role on the short-lived sitcom In the Beginning, which originally aired in 1978. She also had a lead role in the Walt Disney television film Child of Glass (1978). As a young adult, Barash established herself in supporting film roles in Repo Man (1984), Tuff Turf (1985), Patty Hearst (1988), and Floundering (1994).


Early life and performances[edit]

Barash was born January 11, 1965 in Miami, Florida.[1] Barash was raised in New York City, began acting professionally at age 11.[2] During her early years of acting, singing and dancing in classic musicals on stage in New York, Olivia starred as "Baby June" in Gypsy with Angela Lansbury.[3] She was the first child actor to win the acclaimed New York Critic's Circle Award.[4] Moving to Hollywood as a teen with her family, she attended Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, California and graduated in 1982.

Barash appeared as a guest in two episodes of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman in 1977, and in 1978, was cast in a main role on the sitcom In the Beginning, which followed a conservative Catholic priest and liberal, socially-conscious nun who run a mission in Baltimore; the series ran only five episodes on CBS, though a total of nine were filmed before the series was canceled.[3] The same year, she starred in the Walt Disney television film Child of Glass, in which she portrayed the ghost of a young girl murdered during the Antebellum era.[5]

Later career[edit]

In 1984, Barash appeared in Repo Man, in which she had a supporting role playing a cultist.[6][7] The following year, she appeared opposite James Spader and Kim Richards in the teen drama Tuff Turf (1985).[6] In 1987, Barash had a main supporting role in the television series Fame, playing Maxie Sharp.[8] In 1988, she had a supporting role in Paul Schrader's biopic Patty Hearst.[6]

In 2013, she revealed plans to direct and produce Fallout Entertainment: Friends Of The Viper Room. This project was inspired by her accounts and experiences while working at the Los Angeles club The Viper Room back in its heyday in the mid 1990s.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1978 American Hot Wax Susie
1981 The Time Crystal Baket also known as Through the Magic Pyramid
1984 Repo Man Leila
1985 Tuff Turf Ronnie
1988 Patty Hearst Fahizah
1989 Dr. Alien Leeanne
1989 Grave Secrets Darla
1994 Floundering Ruthie
2001 Perfect Fit Janet
2009 Repo Chick Railroad Employee
2013 Blue Dream Rachel Purviance
2014 Theory of a Deadman: Drown Revivalist Video short
2015 The Fishbone Reality: Unstuck - Part 1 of Intrinsically Intertwined Elvis of Venice (voice) Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Secret Storm Lupita 1 episode
1970–71 A World Apart Louise TV series
1977 Code R Jan "Suzy's Day Off"
1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Brownie 2 episodes
1977 Soap Molly "1.4"
1977 The Incredible Hulk Girl at Lake "The Incredible Hulk"
1978 In the Beginning Willie Main role
1978 ABC Afterschool Special Eugenie Legrand "Michel's Mixed-Up Musical Bird"
1978 Child of Glass Inez Dumaine TV film
1978 Charlie's Angels Sam "Mother Angel"
1978–79 ABC Weekend Special Charlotte Cooper "The Contest Kid and the Big Prize", "The Contest Kid Strikes Again"
1979 Alice Melissa Lloyd "Tommy's First Love"
1979 The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal Ruthie TV film
1979 Out of the Blue Laura Richards Main role
1981 ABC Weekend Special Jenny "Zack and the Magic Factory"
1981 Little House on the Prairie Sylvia Webb "Sylvia: Parts 1 & 2"
1981 The Time Crystal Baket TV film
1983 One Day at a Time Olivia Birvey "A Young Man's Fancy"
1984 Night Court Mary Elaine Montgomery "Santa Goes Downtown"
1984 Spencer Marsha "Fast Times"
1987 Fame Maxie Sharp Main role (season 6)
1987 Ohara Rita Riley "Take the Money and Run"
1988 St. Elsewhere Annette "Down and Out on Beacon Hill"
1989 21 Jump Street Becky "Nemesis"


  1. ^ Kaplan, Mike (1989). Variety's Who's Who in Show Business. New York: R.R. Bowker. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-835-22665-3.
  2. ^ "Olivia Barash". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on December 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Leszczak, Bob (2012). Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-786-46812-6.
  4. ^ "Olivia Barash". Kickstarter.
  5. ^ Parish, James Robert (1994). Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-899-50676-0.
  6. ^ a b c "Olivia Barash". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on December 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Fischer, Dennis (2011). Science Fiction Film Directors, 1895–1998. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-786-48505-5.
  8. ^ Hoey, Michael A. (2010). Inside Fame on Television: A Behind-the-Scenes History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. pp. 193–194. ISBN 978-0-786-45573-7.
  9. ^ "Friends Of The Viper Room". Kickstarter.

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