Barbara Ann Stuart (née McNeese; January 3, 1930 – May 15, 2011[1]) was an American actress.


 [hide*1 Major roles

Major roles[edit]Edit

Stuart portrayed "Miss Bunny", the girlfriend of Sergeant Vincent Carter, played by Frank Sutton, on three seasons of CBS's Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.[2]

In 1969, Stuart was cast as "Wilma Winslow" on CBS's The Queen and I. In 1985, she was cast as Marianne Danzig, the wife of a Mafia godfather in the ABC's crime drama Our Family Honor, both in the television movie and the short-lived series of the same name.[2] Between 1959 and 1961, she appeared in four episodes of the NBC crime drama The Lawless Years, starringJames Gregory and Robert Karnes ("The Marie Walters Story", "The Maxey Gorman Story", "The Billy Boy 'Rockabye' Creel Story", and "Ginny"). She also appeared as "Alice" in nine episodes of the another CBS sitcom, Pete and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams.[2] In 1976 she played McLean Stevenson's wife on the short-lived NBC sitcom, The McLean Stevenson Show.

Early years[edit]Edit

Stuart was born in Paris, the seat of Edgar County in eastern Illinois. She attended the Schuster-Martin School of Drama in Cincinnati, Ohio, which was founded by an aunt of the actor Tyrone Power. Thereafter she studied in New York City under Stella Adler, having modeled to pay for her acting lessons. She was invited to join the national tour of Zero Mostel's Lunatics and Lovers. Her first television role was as Bessie, the secretary, on the 1955 syndicated series The Great Gildersleeve, starring Willard Waterman and based on the Fibber McGee and Molly radioprogram.[3]

She guest starred in numerous television series, including two Rod Cameron syndicated crime dramas, State Trooper and COronado 9. She appeared in three episodes of the television crime drama Peter Gunn. She appeared as Mrs. Bugsy McKenna in the episode "Bugsy" of the CBS crime drama Mr. Lucky, with John Vivyan, who had also appeared on The Lawless Years.[2]

Western roles[edit]Edit

In 1960, Stuart appeared as the legendary gambler Poker Alice in three episodes of the CBS-Desilu western series The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun.

In 1959, she appeared as Belle in "The Magic Box" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston. She appeared in the episode with Vaughn Taylor as Oliver Pate and Dan Sheridan as Babcock.[4]

Stuart also appeared in two other ABC/WB series, Sugarfoot and Lawman. Her other western roles were on Sheriff of CochiseJefferson DrumOutlawsRiverboatFrontier CircusTwo Faces WestRawhide (1963 episode "Incident of the Wild Deuces"), The Wide CountryAlias Smith and JonesDestryKung Fu, and Tales of Wells Fargo. She later appeared as Lil Kane in the 1967 episode "Sister Death" of the ABC television series The Iron Horse.[2]

Drama roles[edit]Edit

Stuart guest starred as Edith in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone in the 1960 episode A Thing About Machines. In 1961 she made two appearances on Perry Mason: Violet Ryder in "The Case of the Guilty Clients," and Maizie Freitag in "The Case of the Brazen Bequest." She appeared in various other dramatic series, including M SquadThe UntouchablesMarkhamThe Blue Angels87th PrecinctAdventures in ParadiseThe Eleventh HourSam BenedictArrest and Trial77 Sunset StripHawaiian EyeSurfside 6BanyonBanacekThe RookiesBarnaby JonesCannonBatmanT.H.E. CatStarsky and HutchTrapper John, M.D., and Quincy M.E..[2]

Additional sitcom roles[edit]Edit

Stuart played comedy roles on such television sitcoms as December BrideThe George Burns and Gracie Allen ShowThe Dick Van Dyke ShowThe Bill Dana ShowThe Joey Bishop ShowThe Cara Williams ShowThe Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietThe Andy Griffith ShowMister RobertsThe Farmer's DaughterThree's CompanyTaxi, and Love, American Style.[2]

Later years[edit]Edit

Later years saw her appear in guest roles on HotelSimon and SimonHighway to HeavenL.A. Law, and Nash Bridges. Stuart's last role was as "Alice" in five episodes of Showtime's Huff.[2]

She appeared in such motion picture feature films as Airplane!DreamerMarines, Let's Go and Hellfighters. She played Tom Hanks' character's increasingly appalled mother-in-law-to-be in 1984's Bachelor Party.[3]


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Stuart was divorced from actor Dick Gautier; she had three stepchildren by this marriage.

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