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Lynn Bari

Lynn Bari
Lynn Bari - 1939.jpg
Bari in 1939
Born Margaret Schuyler Fisher
(1913-12-18)December 18, 1913
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Died November 20, 1989(1989-11-20) (aged 75)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death heart attack
Occupation Actress
Years active 1933–68
Spouse(s) 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 born in Roanoke, Virginia, and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, moving to Los Angeles, California, with her family in her early teenage years.

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.


Year Program Episode/source
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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