Wednesday, May 18, 2011

RIP Barbara Stuart

HOLLYWOOD—On Monday, May 16 entertainment icon and famous TV actress Barbara Stuart, who is best known as Bunny in "Gomer Pyle" died at her St. George Utah home. Stuart is best known for her role on "Gomer Pyle," however, she was one of the most prolific and beloved actresses in Hollywood history. Friends and fans grieve for the loss of such a genuine star. She was 76 years old.

Stuart was a classically trained thespian. She attended acting school at the famed Schuster-Martin School of Drama in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school was founded by the aunt of 20th Century Fox leading man Tyrone Power. She later studied under famed acting coaches Stella Adler and Uta Hagen in New York City. To pay the bills between acting roles, Barbara began to model and was a huge success at is, as she would become in her acting career.

Stuart’s first acting job came with the national tour of "Lunatics and Lovers." She often spoke of the grueling work on stage, but enjoyed working with Zero Mostel in the production. Immediately after this stage role, Barbara was noticed by TV casting directors and her career took off.

She loved working with Larry Storch in "The Queen and I," she also was one of Aaron Spelling’s first choices in his hit series "The Love Boat." However, it was Sgt. Carter’s girlfriend Miss Bunny that made Barbara a big television star. She took the character to "The Andy Griffith Show" and was identified for that role for the rest of her career. She also enjoyed working with stage and Eastwood films legend Eli Wallach.

Another famous role for Stuart was opposite Academy Award® winning actor Tom Hanks. She played is mother-in-law in "Bachelor Party." The beautiful star lived in her Toluca Lake home for over 35 years before recently becoming too ill to live alone. She then relocated to Utah.

Barbara was once married to actor, writer and artist Dick Gautier. She is survived by a brother Richard Meneese and three stepchildren. No memorial service has been announced

STUART, Barbara
Born: 1/3/1935, Paris, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 5/15/2011, St. George, Utah, U.S.A.

Barbara Stuart’s - westerns - actress:
Sheriff of Cochise (TV) - 1956 (Matty)
Sugarfoot (TV) - 1957 (Muriel)
Jefferson Drum (TV) - 1958 (Ellie)
Lawman (TV) -1958 (Lola Bordeaux)
Colt .45 (TV) - 1959 (Belle)
The Texican (TV) - 1960 (Poker Alice)
Riverboat (TV) - 1960 (Nanette)
Two Faces West (TV) - 1960 (Millie Adams)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) - 1960, 1961 (Meg, Lucy Croydan)
Frontier Circus (TV) - 1961 (Melda)
Outlaws (TV) - 1961 (Juno)
The Wide Country (TV) - 1962 (Hilda)
Rawhide (TV) - 1963 (Lorelie Mears)
Destry (TV) - 1964 (Amy)
The Iron Horse (TV) - 1967 (Lil Kane)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) - 1971 (Lurene)
Kung Fu (TV) - 1973 (Fay)

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