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Barbara Babcock

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Occupation  Actress
Years active  1956–2004

Name  Barbara Babcock
Role  Character actress
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Born  February 27, 1937 (age 78) (1937-02-27) Fort Riley, Kansas, U.S.
Spouse  Jay Sheffield (m. 1962–1968)
Parents  Conrad Stanton Babcock, Jr.
Awards  Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Education  Miss Porter's School, Wellesley College
Movies and TV shows  Dr Quinn - Medicine Woman, Hill Street Blues, Home Alone 4, Far and Away, Space Cowboys
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Barbara babcock

Barbara Babcock (born February 27, 1937) is an American character actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Grace Gardner on Hill Street Blues, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress—Drama Series in 1981, and her role as Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1993.


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Early life

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Although she was born in the United States, Babcock spent a large part of her childhood in Tokyo, Japan, because her father Conrad Stanton Babcock, Jr. was a general in the United States Army. She learned to speak Japanese before English.

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Babcock studied at Switzerland's University of Lausanne and Italy's University of Milan. She also attended Miss Porter's School and graduated from Wellesley College, where she was a classmate of Ali MacGraw.


Babcock's television appearances began in 1956. They included several episodes of the original series of Star Trek, although much of her work on the show consisted of uncredited voice work. In 1968, she made her debut on the big screen in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer western Day of the Evil Gun, followed by roles in the films Heaven with a Gun, co-starring Glenn Ford, Bang the Drum Slowly, Chosen Survivors, The Black Marble, Back Roads, The Lords of Discipline and That Was Then... This Is Now. From 1978 to 1982, she played the role of Liz Craig on the CBS soap opera Dallas. Other notable films include Heart of Dixie, Happy Together, Far and Away and Space Cowboys.

Babcock won the 1981 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress—Drama Series for her work on Hill Street Blues. She appeared in 16 episodes of the NBC police drama as Grace Gardner from 1981 to 1986. She starred in the short-lived TV series The Four Seasons in 1984, Mr. Sunshine in 1986 and The Law & Harry McGraw in 1987.

From 1993 to 1998, she played the role of Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1993. (However, the Emmy Awards website lists the nomination for 1995.) She was voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1994. After completion of the show in 1998, she appeared in The Pretender, Chicago Hope, Frasier and Judging Amy. From 2001 to 2002, she played the role of the mother of Dana Delany's character in the Fox drama series Pasadena. Since 2004, Babcock has not done film or television roles.

Other activities

Babcock went to "remote areas of the world as an assistant on scientific expeditions. And ... was awarded a patent for a shampoo she and another actress developed."


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