Barbara Nichols

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Barbara Nichols (born December 30, 1928 in Queens , New York City , † October 5, 1976 ; actually Barbara Nickerauer ) was an American actress who was mainly active in the 1950s and 1960s and starred in supporting roles in large productions.


Born Barbara Nickerauer, Nichols began modeling for pin-up magazines in the 1950s . For a short time she also worked as a stripper , choir singer and mannequin.

She moved to Hollywood in the mid-1950s . Her first, as yet undisclosed, supporting role in a feature film was in 1954 as a dancer in Otto Preminger's Western River of No Return at the side of Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe . In Fritz Lang's last Hollywood film Beyond All Doubt , she played a small role alongside Joan Fontaine . Other supporting roles followed in productions such as B. Poker With Four Ladies (1956), Picnic In Pajamas (1957), Pal Joey (1957), Your Fate In My Hand (1957), The Naked And The Dead (1958), That Kind Of Woman (1958), And Die Woman of His Heart (1964). As a light girl, bar singer, dancer or gangster bride , she usually embodied the stereotype of the sex bomb . She played one of her few leading roles in the science fiction film FBI Chasing Phantom (1965). On Broadway , she starred in the new production of Pal Joey in 1952 and in Let It Ride in 1961 .

Nichols was an extremely famous pin-up model of the time. She was considered one of the rivals of Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield for the reputation of the most beautiful blonde of the time.

She died on October 5, 1976 at the age of 47 from complications from liver disease.

Filmography (selection)


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Web links

Commons : Barbara Nichols  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

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