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Barbara Bain

Barbara BainAKA Millicent Fogel

Born: 13-Sep-1931
Birthplace: Chicago, IL

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mission: Impossible and Space: 1999

Barbara Bain had no difficult finding work as a high-fashion model, but she also had the skill to dance for modern dance maven Martha Graham. She took acting classes on the side, and in 1959 she briefly played David Janssen's love interest on Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Bain danced professionally through the early 1960s, with occasional guest-acting jobs on shows like Perry Mason, Hawaiian Eye, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. She then starred as the sultry spy Cinnamon Carter on Mission: Impossible opposite her husband, Martin Landau, as fellow spy Rollin Hand. She won three consecutive Emmys for her work, but never became the sex symbol Diana Rigg did in a similar role on The Avengers, probably because Bain was already pushing 40.

After three years on Mission: Impossible, Landau quit the series, and Bain refused to work without him. She appeared in a few TV movies, and Landau & Bain starred together in an unsold pilot (directed by Steven Spielberg) for a TV show to be called Savage. She then played Dr. Helena Russell on the syndicated sci-fi series Space: 1999, opposite Landau's Commander Koenig.

Landau & Bain later co-starred in The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island, and divorced in 1993. He went on to earn three Oscar nominations and one statuette, while she has worked on stage and in such films as Skinheads: The Second Coming of Hate with Chuck Connors, Animals and the Tollkeeper with Tim Roth, and American Gun with James Coburn.

In 1992, Bain founded a literacy program called BookPals, wherein celebrities visit local schools and read to children, thus encouraging the kids to read for themselves.

Husband: Martin Landau (actor, m. 1957, div. 1993, two daughters)
Daughter: Juliet Landau (actress, b. 30-Mar-1965)
Daughter: Susan Landau Finch (film industry)

    University: BS Sociology, University of Illinois
    Conservatory: The Actors Studio

    Obama for America
    Emmy 1967 for Mission: Impossible
    Emmy 1968 for Mission: Impossible
    Emmy 1969 for Mission: Impossible

    TELEVISION
    Richard Diamond, Private Detective Karen Wells (1959)
    Mission: Impossible Cinnamon Carter (1966-69)
    Space: 1999 Dr. Helena Russell (1975-77)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Forget Me Not (24-Aug-2009)
    American Gun (13-Jun-2002) · Anne Tillman
    Panic (22-Jan-2000) · Deidre
    Gideon (10-Oct-1999) · Sarah
    Animals (22-Jan-1998)
    The Spirit of '76 (12-Oct-1990)
    Skinheads (8-Aug-1989)
    Trust Me (Jan-1989)
    The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (15-May-1981)
    Don't Go Near the Park (1981)
    Savage (31-Mar-1973)


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