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Barbara Stuart (age not available; believed to have been born in the early 1930s) is an American actress.

Major roles

Stuart portrayed "Miss Bunny", the blonde girlfriend of Sergeant Vincent Carter, played by Frank Sutton, on the CBS military sitcom Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., starring Jim Nabors. She appeared in four episodes, "Gomer and the Dragon Lady" (1964 as Hannah), "Gomer, the Beautiful Dreamer", "Changing Partners", and "Win-A-Date", (1967-1969, as Bunny Wilson).

In 1969, Stuart was cast as Wilma Winslow in the CBS sitcom The Queen and I, set on a cruise ship and a precursor of The Love Boat, starring Larry Storch, formerly of F Troop. In 1985, she was cast as Marianne Danzig, the wife of a Mafia godfather in the ABC crime drama Our Family Honor, with Eli Wallach in the starring role. She appeared in the television movie and the short-lived series of the same name.

Between 1959 and 1961, Stuart appeared in four episodes of the NBC crime drama The Lawless Years, starring James Gregory and Robert Karnes. She appeared in different roles in episodes entitled "The Marie Walters Story", "The Maxey Gorman Story", "The Billy Boy 'Rockabye' Creel Story", and "Ginny", in which she held the title role.

At the turn of the 1960s, Stuart appeared as Alice nine times in the first season of CBS's sitcom Pete and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams, in episodes entitled "Crime of Passion", "The Goat Story", "Camping Out", "Bowling Brawl", "No Man Is Japan" (all 1960), "The Insurance Faker", "The Great Stone Face", "The Six Musketeers", and "Gladys Opens Pete's Mail" (all 1961).

Early years

Stuart was born in Parismarker, the seat of Edgar Countymarker in eastern Illinoismarker. She attended the Schuster-Martin School of Drama in Cincinnatimarker, Ohiomarker, which was founded by an aunt of the actor Tyrone Power. Thereafter she studied in New York City under Stella Adler, having modeled to pay for her acting lessons. She was invited to join the national tour of Zero Mostel's Lunatics and Lovers. Her first television role was as Bessie, the secretary, on the 1955 syndicated series The Great Gildersleeve, starring Willard Waterman and based on the Fibber McGee and Molly radio program.

She guest starred in numerous television series, including two Rod Cameron syndicated crime dramas, State Trooper and COronado 9. She appeared three times between 1958 and 1961 in different roles in the episodes "The Blind Pianist", "The Briefcase", and "Come Dance with Me and Die" of the crime drama Peter Gunn, starring Craig Stevens. She appeared as Mrs. Bugsy McKenna in the episode "Bugsy" of the CBS crime drama Mr. Lucky, with John Vivyan, who had also appeared on The Lawless Years.

Western roles

In 1960, Stuart appeared as Poker Alice in three episodes entitled "The Taming of Rio Nada", "Sixgun Street", and "The Terrified Town" of the CBS-Desilu western series The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun. She also appeared in Sheriff of Cochise, Jefferson Drum, Outlaws, Sugarfoot, Riverboat, Frontier Circus, Two Faces West, Colt .45, Lawman, Rawhide (1963 episode "Incident of the Wild Deuces"), The Wide Country, Alias Smith and Jones, Destry, Kung Fu, and Dale Robertson's Tales of Wells Fargo, in which she was cast as Meg and Lucy Croydon, respectively, in episodes entitled "All That Glitters" (1960) and "A Fistful of Pride" (1961). She later appeared as Lil Kane in the 1967 episode "Sister Death" of Robertson's other western series, The Iron Horse on ABC.

Drama roles

She guest starred as Edith in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone in the 1960 episode A Thing About Machines. She appeared in various other dramatic series, including Lee Marvin's M Squad, Robert Stack's The Untouchables, Ray Milland's Markham, The Blue Angels, 87th Precinct, Adventures in Paradise, Perry Mason, The Eleventh Hour, Sam Benedict, Arrest and Trial, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Surfside 6, Banyon, Banacek, The Rookies, Barnaby Jones, Cannon, Batman, T.H.E. Cat, Starsky and Hutch, Trapper John, M.D., and Quincy M.E..

Additional sitcom roles

In addition to Pete and Gladys and Gomer Pyle, Stuart's other comedy appearances were on December Bride, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The George Burns Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Bill Dana Show, The Joey Bishop Show, The Cara Williams Show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Andy Griffith Show, Mister Roberts, The Farmer's Daughter, Three's Company, Taxi, The McLean Stevenson Show, Love, American Style, and The New Love, American Style.

Later years

Stuart's later roles include ABC's Hotel (as Frances Bernard in "The Outsiders", 1984), NBC's Highway to Heaven (as Carla in the 1986 two-parter "Love and Marriage"), CBS's Simon and Simon (as Mary Jane Petrolik in 1988 episode "Forever Hold Your Piece"), NBC's L.A. Law (as Marion Laraby in "Come Rain or Come Schein", 1993), and CBS's Nash Bridges (as Doris in "Split Decision", 1999). Her most recent role (2004-2006) was as the character Alice in five episodes of the Showtime series Huff.

Stuart has appeared in such films as Airplane!, Dreamer, Hellfighters with John Wayne, and Marines, Let's Go, directed by Raoul Walsh. She portrayed the mother-in-law of the Tom Hanks character in the 1984 film Bachelor Party.

Stuart is divorced from the actor, writer, and artist Richard Gautier. She has three stepchildren, Chrissie, Randy, and Denise.

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