Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Barbara McNair Dead at 72

Barbara McNair began her career as a nightclub singer which landed her roles on television and her own variety show. Motion pictures wasn't far behind with a role in Elvis' movie "A Change of Habit" and the role of Valerie Tibbs opposite Sidney Poitier in "They Call Me Mister Tibbs".

Barbara made her Broadway Debut in the Harnick-Back musical "The Body Beautiful". Barbara also starred in "No Strings" with Richard Kiley, then on a National Tour with Howard Keel, and appeared on Broadway in "Pajama Game" opposite Hal Linden. Recently Barbara has appeared in Berlin in "Sophisticated Ladies", a Celebration of the Music of Duke Ellington.

She has subsequently recorded with Signature and MoTown Records. Barbara has performed in two stage productions with Nat King Cole, Touring in "I'm with You", and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in "The Merry World of Nat King Cole".

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.

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