Thursday 29 November 2012

Barbara Pepper

Born: 31 May 1915, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 18 July 1969, Panorama City, California, USA

Barbara Pepper was a former Ziegfeld and Goldwyn girl along with her friend Lucille Ball. She appeared mainly in one dimensional supporting roles or bit parts in the 30s and 40s. After her husband, Craig Reynolds, was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1949, Barbara spiralled down into depression and alcoholism and only occasionally surfaced in small roles on television and in films. She appeared a few times on her friend Lucille Ball's show 'I Love Lucy' in the 1950s and from then on television parts were sporadic, probably because Pepper had lost her looks and her voice had become more gravelly. In 1965 Barbara Pepper secured a major role in the television series 'Green Acres' as Doris Ziffel.

Waterfront Lady (1935) as Gloria Vance

A co-starring role for Barbara in this film.

Taming the Wild (1936) as Hazel White

The Rogues' Tavern (1936) as Marjorie Burns

Co-starring with Wallace Ford.

Winterset (1936) as Girl

Barbara Pepper is the lady on the right. Jack Chefe is the man on the left.

What Becomes of the Children? (1936) as Elsie Ford

Foreign Correspondent (1940) as Dorine

With Robert Benchley.

Girls in Chains (1943) as Ruth

I Love Lucy: Breaking the Lease (1952) (Season 1, Episode 18) as Party guest

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are on the far left.

I Love Lucy: The Freezer (1952) (Season 1, Episode 29) as Customer in butcher shop

With Lucille Ball.

I Love Lucy: Ricky Loses His Voice (1952) (Season 2, Episode 9) as Chorus girl

With Desi Arnaz (in the hat). Hazel Pierce is on the left.

I Love Lucy: Lucy Goes To Hospital (1953) (Season 2, Episode 16) as Nurse

I Love Lucy: Lucy's Last Birthday (1953) (Season 2, Episode 25) as 'Friends of the Friendless' lady

Barbara Pepper is at the back on the right. Only part of the background ensemble and no lines of dialogue.

I Love Lucy: The Girls Go Into Business (1953) (Season 3, Episode 2) as Dress shop customer

Barbara Pepper is in the middle with Kay Wiley on the left and Mabel Paige on the right.

I Love Lucy: Sentimental Anniversary (1954) (Season 3, Episode 18) as Party guest

Barabara is in the middle. A very small part in this episode with no lines of dialogue.

The Jack Benny Program: How Jack Found Mary (1954) (Season 5, Episode 3) as Sally, Mary's co-worker

Left, with Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone

I Love Lucy: The Tour (1955) (Season 4, Episode 30) as Woman on bus

With Lucille Ball.

I Love Lucy: The Homecoming (1955) (Season 5, Episode 6) as Neighbour

Barbara Pepper is on the left with Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and Willam Frawley.

The Jack Benny Program: Mary Has A Co. Reunion (1957) (Season 7, Episode 15) as Barbara

Barbara is sitting on Jack Benny. The lady on the left is Mary Livingstone.

A Child is Waiting (1963) as Miss Brown (uncredited)

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