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Barbara Britton
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    (September 26, 1919-January 17, 1980)
    Born in Long Beach, California
    Birth name was Barbara Brantingham
    Portrayed Pamela North in 'Mr. & Mrs. North' (1952-54) and Fran Gordon in 'One Life to Live' (1979-80)
    Appeared in the films 'Reap the Wild Wind' (1942), 'Wake Island' (1942), 'So Proudly We Hail!' (1943), 'The Great John L.' (1945), 'Captain Kidd' (1945), 'They Made Me A Killer' (1946), 'The Untamed Breed' (1948), 'I Shot Jesse James' (1949), 'Bwana Devil' (1952) and 'Ain't Misbehavin' (1955)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Getting Married' (1951), 'Wake Up Darling' (1956) and 'How to Make a Man' (1961)
    Allmovie described her film appearances as 'enjoyable but unmemorable.'
    She married her psychiatrist, who was 23 years her senior.
    She portrayed Laura Petrie in the pilot episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, but was replaced by Mary Tyler Moore.
    Her son died from crib death after only two days (1953).
    She was discovered by Hollywood after riding on a float representing Long Beach in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
    She earned $100,000 a year in the 50s as a spokesperson for Revlon cosmetics.

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