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Bari in 1939
Margaret Schuyler Fisher
December 18, 1913
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||November 20, 1989
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||heart attack|
Walter Kane (m. 1939–43)
Sidney Luft (m. 1943–50)
Nathan Rickles (m. 1955–72)
|Children||John Michael Luft (b. 1948)|
Lynn Bari (December 18, 1913 – November 20, 1989), born Margaret Schuyler Fisher, was a film actress who specialized in playing sultry, statuesque man-killers in roughly 150 20th Century Fox films from the early 1930s through the 1940s.
Bari was one of 14 young women "launched on the trail of film stardom" August 6, 1935, when they each received a six-month contract with 20th Century Fox after spending 18 months in the company's training school. The contracts included a studio option for renewal for as long as seven years.
In most of her early films, Bari had uncredited parts usually playing receptionists or chorus girls. She struggled to find starring roles in films, but accepted any work she could get. Rare leading roles included China Girl (1942), Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943), and The Spiritualist (1948). In B movies, Lynn was usually cast as a villainess, notably Shock and Nocturne (both 1946). An exception was The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944). During WWII, according to a survey taken of GIs, Bari was the second-most popular pinup girl after the much better-known Betty Grable.
Bari's film career fizzled out in the early 1950s as she was approaching her 40th birthday, although she continued to work at a more limited pace over the next two decades, now playing matronly characters rather than temptresses. She portrayed the mother of a suicidal teenager in a 1951 drama, On the Loose, plus a number of supporting parts.
Bari's last film appearance was as the mother of rebellious teenager Patty McCormack in The Young Runaways (1968) and her final TV appearances were in episodes of The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. and The FBI.
|1947||Rexall Summer Theater||Starred (with Pat O'Brien) in summer replacement for The Durante-Moore Show|
|1952||Screen Guild Theatre||"Heaven Can Wait"|
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