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Cause of death  Kidney failure
Name  Barbara Lawrence
Children  Four

Years active  1945–1962
Occupation  Actress
Role  Model
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Full Name  Barbara Jo Lawrence
Born  February 24, 1930 (1930-02-24) Carnegie, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died  November 13, 2013, Los Angeles, California, United States
Education  University of California, Los Angeles
Spouse  Lester Richard Nelson (m. 1961–1976), John C. Murphy (m. 1951–1957), Jeffrey Stone (m. 1947–1948)
Parents  Berniece Eaton Lawrence, Morris Lawrence
Movies  Oklahoma!, Unfaithfully Yours, Kronos, A Letter to Three Wives, Thieves' Highway
Similar People  Jeffrey Stone, Kurt Neumann, Jean Peters, William Keighley, Preston Sturges

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Barbara Jo Lawrence (February 24, 1930 – November 13, 2013) was an American model, actress, and real estate agent.

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Early years

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Born to Morris Lawrence and Berniece (or Bernice) Eaton Lawrence in Carnegie, Oklahoma, Barbara Jo moved with her mother to Kansas City, Missouri as an adolescent.

Career

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Lawrence's career began as a child photographer's model. She appeared in her first film, Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (1945), as a night-club patron. A year later, she made a strong impression in her second film at 20th Century-Fox, Margie, in which she played outgoing flapper Maryville.

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She was featured in the swashbuckler Captain from Castile (1947) with Tyrone Power. While finishing her studies at UCLA, she attracted the attention of talent scouts, and Lawrence was soon featured in a number of additional 20th Century-Fox movies, including You Were Meant for Me, Give My Regards to Broadway, A Letter to Three Wives, The Street with No Name, and Thieves' Highway. At Universal in the early 1950s were Peggy and Here Come the Nelsons. She also was one of the stars of Columbia's romantic comedy, Paris Model, in 1953.

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Upon moving to MGM, Lawrence appeared with Gig Young in the 3D movie Arena (1953) and in Her Twelve Men with Greer Garson. She played the role of Gertie Cummings in the film version of Oklahoma!, in which she gets into a knockdown catfight with Gloria Grahame ("Ado Annie"). In 1957, she starred in Kronos with Jeff Morrow. Although the science-fiction film was not praised by critics at the time, it eventually attracted a cult following for its imaginative storyline and special effects.

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Between 1958 and 1962, Lawrence made four guest appearances on Perry Mason. In 1958, she played Ellen Waring in "The Half-Wakened Wife" and Gloria Barton in "The Case of the Jilted Jockey." In 1961, she played a murderess in "The Case of the Envious Editor", and in 1962, she played Agnes Theilman in "The Case of the Shapely Shadow".

Marriages

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In January 1947, she married John Forrest Fontaine, an actor known professionally as Jeffrey Stone. This was kept secret until June 28, 1947, when Lawrence's mother threw her daughter a church wedding in Beverly Hills, but the marriage ended with a divorce granted on September 28, 1949.

In 1951, she wed Johnny Murphy; the couple had two children before divorcing in 1957. After marrying Lester R. Nelson in 1961, she had two more children. She made several more television appearances in 1962, then retired from acting altogether. She and Nelson divorced in 1976.

Recognition

Lawrence has a star at 1735 Vine Street in the Television section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated on February 8, 1960.

Death

Barbara Lawrence died of kidney failure on November 13, 2013, aged 83, in Los Angeles, California, but her death was not reported until January 3, 2014.

Selected filmography

  • Diamond Horseshoe (1945)
  • Margie (1946)
  • Captain from Castile (1947)
  • Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
  • Give My Regards to Broadway (1948)
  • The Street with No Name (1948)
  • A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
  • Thieves' Highway (1949)
  • Peggy (1950)
  • You Were Meant for Me (1950)
  • The Star (1952)
  • Paris Model (1953)
  • Arena (1953)
  • Her Twelve Men (1954)
  • Oklahoma! (1955)
  • Kronos (1957)
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  • References

    Barbara Lawrence Wikipedia


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