Wednesday, March 9, 2011

3/10 Robert Conrad & Mike Horn Talk With Actress Barbara Bain!

Barbara Bain was born in Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in sociology. She moved to New York City where she was a dancer and high fashion model. Bain studied with Martha Graham, thus cementing her interest in dancing. After attending Lee Strasberg's Actors' Studio she became an actress.

Barbara Bain is probably best known for her work in the television series Mission: Impossible as Cinnamon Carter; she played this role from 1966 until 1969 and again in one 1997 episode of Diagnosis: Murder. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Actress in a Television Series for her performance in Mission: Impossible in 1968. She won three consecutive Emmys for Best Dramatic Actress for that series in 1967, 1968, and 1969. Her then husband, Martin Landau, also starred in the series, and her departure from the series in 1969 coincided with his.

She starred opposite Landau again in the science fiction television series, Space: 1999 (1975–1977), as Dr. Helena Russell. Bain and Landau also performed together on screen in the 1981 made-for-TV film The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island.Bain also appeared in Season 2 of the TV series The Dick Van Dyke Show in the episode "Will You Two Be My Wife?".

In 1958, she and Larry Hagman guest starred in the last episode of the adventure/drama television series Harbourmaster, starring Barry Sullivan. She guest-starred as Nen Slausen in the 1959 episode "Fiddle Dee Dead" of Rod Cameron's syndicated series State Trooper.Barbara Bain also appeared in two episodes of Perry Mason, "The Case of the Nautical Knot" and "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter".On December 23, 1960, she guest starred in a Christmas episode of James Whitmore's legal drama The Law and Mr. Jones on ABC.

Bain appeared on an episode of My So-Called Life, playing main character Angela Chase's grandmother. She also appeared in the episode "Matroyoshka" of Millennium, a late-'90s sci-fi series. In 1998,

Bain was a special guest star in the Walker, Texas Ranger episode ("Saving Grace") as Mother Superior. In 2006, Bain had a minor role in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ("Living Legends") which featured a suspect, played by Roger Daltrey, who used stretch rubber face masks similar to those used in the old Mission: Impossible series in which Bain starred.

In 2008 Bain appeared in the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" of the TV show Ben 10: Alien Force as Verdona Tennyson, the grandmother of Ben Tennyson and Gwen Tennyson, alongside her daughter Juliet Landau who voiced the true form of Verdona, an energy being called an Anodyte.

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