Barbara Baxley

Highest Rated: 93% Nashville (1975)
Lowest Rated: 56% The Exorcist III (1990)
Birthday: Jan 1, 1923
Birthplace: Porterville, California
After briefly attending the College of the Pacific, Barbara Baxley headed to New York to pursue an acting career. Barbara studied at Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse, then went on to become a charter member of the Actor's Studio. After making her New York stage bow in the 1948 revival of Private Lives, she spent the next several years taking over for a number of "big-name" actresses in long-running Broadway plays. She also starred in the original productions of Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Period of Adjustment, and worked extensively off-Broadway in projects like Brecht on Brecht. In the company of several of her Actor's Studios colleagues, Barbara made her film debut in East of Eden (1955), playing the nurse in the closing scenes. Other roles in her feature-film manifest included country-western matriarch Lady Pearl in Nashville (1975) and Leona in Norma Rae (1979). On television, Barbara was one of the stars of Norman Lear's satirical gender-switch soap opera All That Glitters (1977). In June of 1990, 62-year-old Barbara Baxley was found dead in her New York apartment, apparently the victim of heart failure.

Highest Rated Movies



56% The Exorcist III Shirley 1990
77% A Shock to the System Lillian 1990
78% Sea of Love Miss Allen 1989
No Score Yet American Playhouse Mrs. Faun 1982
No Score Yet A Stranger Is Watching Lally 1982
88% Norma Rae Leona 1979
93% Nashville Lady Pearl 1975
89% No Way to Treat a Lady Belle Poppie 1968
80% Countdown Jean 1968
No Score Yet All Fall Down Schoolteacher 1962
No Score Yet The Savage Eye Barbara Baxley 1960
No Score Yet The Badlanders Actor 1958
86% East of Eden Nurse 1955


No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Amanda Debs
  • 1985
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Mrs. Faun
  • 1982
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Fugitive
  • 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
Cora Wheeler
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Myra Jensen Lainey Maude Sheridan Anne Lalaze Irma Collett
  • 1962
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957


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