Barbara Rhoades

Barbara Rhoades

Mar. 23rd, 1946
Born in
Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
5' 10

Barbara Rhoades' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Over My Dead Body TV Show
Over My Dead Body
You Again? TV Show
You Again?
Busting Loose TV Show
Busting Loose
Hanging In TV Show
Hanging In

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, Rhoades began acting in the late 1960s.
She has had guest roles on various television series including It Takes a Thief, Ironside (3 episodes, including "Dora", as actress who is paid to fake an attempted rape), Mannix, Columbo, Kojak, Alias Smith and Jones, Love, American Style, The Odd Couple, The Six Million Dollar Man, Maude, Trapper John, M.D., and Murder, She Wrote. In 1989, she was cast as Jessica Gardner on the NBC soap opera Generations. On television into the 2000s, she appeared on a 2003 episode of Law & Order. She also had a recurring role as the private detective Maggie Chandler on Soap.
A tall (5-foot-10), voluptuous redhead, Rhoades appeared in a number of 1970s films. They include There Was a Crooked Man... (1970), opposite Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda, and Up the Sandbox (1972) starring Barbra Streisand. She played a police officer, "No Balls" Hadley, in 1977's The Choirboys and a Vegas hooker who picks up Art Carney along the road during his Oscar-winning performance in Harry and Tonto (1974). She also had a role in Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (1977) and 1973's "Scream Blacula,Scream". In 2007, she appeared in the movie First Born with Elisabeth Shue.
Rhoades joined the American soap opera One Life to Live in 2011, playing the recurring role of Irene Manning, childhood best friend of Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak).

  • Assertive, voluptuous redhead late 60s starlet contracted by Universal, best known for playing the plucky lady bandit Penelope ("Bad Penny") Cushings opposite queasy, milquetoast 'Don Knotts' (qv) in his comedy vehicle _The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)_ (qv).

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