Barbara Nichols

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Barbara Nichols
File:Barbara Nichols 1956.jpg
in 1956
Born Barbara Marie Nickerauer
(1928-12-10)December 10, 1928
Mineola, New York, U.S.
Died October 5, 1976(1976-10-05) (aged 47)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death Complications from organ damage
Resting place Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1953-76

Barbara Marie Nickerauer (December 10, 1928[1] – October 5, 1976), better known as Barbara Nichols, was an American actress who played brassy comic roles in films in the 1950s and 1960s.

Early life and career

Nichols was born as Barbara Marie Nickerauer to George and Julia Nickerauer, and raised in Queens, New York. She began modeling for pinup magazines in the late 1940s. In the mid-1950s, she moved to Hollywood and began appearing regularly in second leads in a number of films including Miracle in the Rain (1956), The King and Four Queens (1956), The Naked and the Dead (1958), The Pajama Game (1957), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), That Kind of Woman (1958), Where the Boys Are (1960).[2]

On Broadway, she appeared in the 1952 revival of Pal Joey (she also appeared in the 1957 film version) and in Let It Ride (1961).[3]

Nichols was a popular model in cheesecake magazines of the era and was considered a minor rival to Marilyn Monroe, along with Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, Joi Lansing, Cleo Moore, Greta Thyssen, Diana Dors and Sheree North. Unlike the others, she rarely starred in films, but had showy supporting roles in A-films starring such actors as Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Sophia Loren, and Doris Day.[citation needed] One of her few starring roles was in the 1965 science fiction film The Human Duplicators.[citation needed]

Nichols was also a frequent guest star on many television series including It's a Great Life, The Jack Benny Television Show, The Twilight Zone (in the episode "Twenty Two)", The Untouchables, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, Going My Way, Batman (episodes 35 and 36), Hawaii Five-O, and The Beverly Hillbillies. Her final film was Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood in 1976.


Nichols died on October 5, 1976, aged 47, from complications of a damaged spleen and liver which had initially occurred about twenty years earlier in an automobile accident.[4] She is interred at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, New York.


Year Title Role
1954 River of No Return Blonde dancer, Uncredited
1956 Manfish Mimi
1956 Miracle in the Rain Arlene Parker née Witchy
1956 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Dolly Moore
1956 The King and Four Queens Birdie McDade
1956 The Wild Party Sandy
1957 Sweet Smell of Success Rita
1957 The Pajama Game Poopsie
1957 Pal Joey Gladys
1958 Ten North Frederick Stella
1958 The Naked and the Dead Mildred Croft
1959 Woman Obsessed Mayme Radzevitch
1959 That Kind of Woman Jane
1960 Who Was That Lady? Gloria Coogle
1960 Where the Boys Are Lola Fandango
1961 The George Raft Story Texas Guinan
1962 House of Women Candy Kane
1964 Looking for Love Gaye Swinger
1964 Dear Heart June Loveland
1964 The Disorderly Orderly Miss Marlowe
1964 The Human Duplicators (Alternative title: Jaws of the Alien) Gale Wilson
1965 The Loved One Sadie Blodgett
1966 The Swinger Blossom LaTour
1968 The Power Flora
1968 Criminal Affair (Alternative titles: Seven Men and One Brain and Sette uomini e un cervello)
1973 Charley and the Angel Sadie
1974 The Photographer Mrs. Wilde
1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Nick's Girl
Year Title Role Episodes
1953 Studio One in Hollywood First Pretty Girl Episode: "Complications of a Nervous Man"
1954 The Mask Episode: "Murder in the Burlesque House"
1954 The United States Steel Hour Bridie Episode: "Good for You"
1954 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse Ruth Episode: "The Man in the Middle of the Ocean"
1954 Center Stage Episode: "Heart of a Clown"
1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre Bar Patron/Party Flirt/Bobsey Baxter Episode: "Fred Allen's Sketchbook"
1955 Danger Episode: "Sandy River Blues"
1956 Chevron Hall of Stars Rosie Episode: "Double Cross"
1956 It's a Great Life Caroline Cabot 2 episodes
1956-1958 The Bob Cummings Show Marian Billington 3 episodes
1957 Matinee Theater Episode: "The Gentleman Caller"
1957-1959 The Thin Man Various roles 2 episodes
1958 Maverick Blanche Episode: "The Third Rider"
1958 Love That Jill Ginger 13 episodes
1958 Shower of Stars Miss Kim O'Day Episode #4.7
1958 Climax! Dale Benson Episode: "The Push-Button Giant"
1958 Dragnet Episode: "The Big Star"
1958 The Milton Berle Show Guest Episode dated November 19, 1958
1958-1960 The Red Skelton Hour Gertie - Bolivar's Girlfriend 4 episodes
1958-1960 The Jack Benny Program Mildred Meyerhouser 4 episodes
1959 The Scarface Mob Brandy LaFrance Television movie
1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Brandy LaFrance 2 episodes
1959 The Real McCoys Gladys Slade Episode: "The Politician"
1959 The Untouchables Brandy LaFrance/Barbara Ritchie 2 episodes
1959 The Dennis O'Keefe Show Episode #1.10
1960 Stagecoach West Sadie Wren Episode: "A Time to Run"
1961 The Twilight Zone Liz Powell Episode: "Twenty Two"
1961 G.E. True Theater Leslie Blaine Episode: "The Small Elephants"
1961 Michael Shayne Topaz McQuuen Episode: "Marriage Can Be Fatal"
1961 The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor Abby Landis Episode: "Duty Date"
1961 Miami Undercover Kitty Episode: "Kitty"
1961 Westinghouse Playhouse Lorraine Hadley Episode: "House Guest"
1962 The Dick Powell Show Bunny Easter Episode: "No Strings Attached"
1963 Alcoa Premiere Willy Simms Episode: "Five, Six, Pick Up Sticks"
1963 Going My Way Marie Episode: "Has Anyone Seen Eddie?"
1963 Vacation Playhouse Barbara Adams Episode: "All About Barbara"
1963 Arrest and Trial Ginny Episode: "Isn't It a Lovely View"
1963 Grindl Wilma Bryan Episode: "Grindl, Witness for the Defense"
1963 The Beverly Hillbillies Chickadee Laverne 2 episodes
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre Ann Hilts Episode: "My Enemy, This Town"
1964 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters Mamie Episode: "The Day of the Dark Deeds"
1965 Laredo Princess Episode: "A Question of Discipline"
1966 The Wild Wild West Bessie Episode: "The Night of the Whirring Death"
1966 Batman Maid Marilyn 2 episodes (35 and 36)
1967 Green Acres Wanda Episode: "Never Take Your Wife to a Convention"
1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Ida Martz Episode: "The Phi Beta Killer Affair"
1967 The Jackie Gleason Show Kitty - Big Sam's Moll Episode: "The Honeymooners: Two Faces of Ralph Kramden"
1969 Hawaii Five-O Betsey Episode: "A Thousand Pardons - You're Dead!"
1971 The Smith Family Effie Episode: "Greener Pastures"
1971 The Doris Day Show Mrs. Hollister Episode: "Have I Got a Fellow for You!"
1971 Love, American Style Gladys Segment: "Love and the Doctor's Honeymoon"
1971-1973 Adam-12 Various roles 3 episodes
1974 Emergency! Ginger Episode: "Details"
1974 The Rookies Marie Antionette Episode: "Blue Christmas"


  1. Some sources have cited December 30, 1929 as her date of birth, although December 10, 1928 appears to be accurate.
    Search under Barbara Nickerauer,; accessed March 20, 2016.
  2. Barbara Nichols at the Internet Movie Database
  3. Barbara Nichols at the Internet Broadway Database
  4. "Barbara Nichols, 'dizzy blonde' actress, is dead". Lodi News-Sentinel. October 7, 1976. Retrieved October 19, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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