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 Fern Barry

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Fern Barry Famous memorial

Birth
Fairview, Major County, Oklahoma, USA
Death
9 Sep 1981 (aged 71)
Burbank, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID
83727398 View Source

Actress. She is best remembered for her portrayal of the stern Mrs. Mooney in "The Attic" (1980). Born into a traditional working-class family, after attaining her degree in theatrical arts from the UCLA, she began her career as a leading lady in stock companies. While performing as an understudy for the Academy Award winning actress Helen Hayes, who later befriended her, she was so impressed by her dark appearance, slim physique, and gentle voice, that she helped advance her potential by arranging for her to begin a career in the film industry beginning with her appearing in a supporting role in "Dames" (1934). From there, she would go on to flourish as a notable character actress appearing in over 50 features; often typecast as chorines, manicurists, beauticians, telephone operators, secretaries, receptionists, housekeepers, wives, mothers, relatives, old maids, educators, nannies, waitresses, retail clerks, saleswomen, clergywomen, gossips, snobs, busybodies, neighbors, landladies, eccentrics, curmudgeons, white-collared workers, dowagers, and matriarchs. She appeared in such feature films as "Gold Diggers of 1935" (1935), "Ever Since Eve" (1937), "Accidents Will Happen" (1938), "Torcy Runs for Mayor" (1939), "Below the Deadline" (1946), "Storm Warning" (1951), "The Story of Will Rogers" (1952), "Lucy Gallant" (1955), "A Day of Fury" (1956), "Funny Face" (1957), "The Hanging Tree" (1959), "Guns of the Timberland" (1960), "Sunrise at Campobello" (1960), "A Fever in the Blood" (1961), "The Couch" (1962), "The Brass Battle" (1964), and "The Third Day" (1975). On television, she appeared in numerous guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "Bronco," "The Loretta Young Show," "The Rifleman," "Telephone Time," "Maverick," "Checkmate," "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," "The Donna Reed Show," "Perry Mason," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," "Wagon Train," and "Kolchak: The Night Stalker". During her career, she was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was supportive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, was a member of the Hollywood Republican Committee, had been a regular parishioner of the Catholic church, presided on her local charters of the American Red Cross and the Girl Scouts, sat on the board of directors for the California division of the Homemakers of America, had been a theatrical instructor for the Pasadena Playhouse, was a commercial model for the Forbes Agency, and she was married to real estate executive Donald E. Hill from 1945 until her death (their union produced one daughter). Following her retirement in 1980, she spent the final year of her life involved in charitable and religious ventures until her death.

Actress. She is best remembered for her portrayal of the stern Mrs. Mooney in "The Attic" (1980). Born into a traditional working-class family, after attaining her degree in theatrical arts from the UCLA, she began her career as a leading lady in stock companies. While performing as an understudy for the Academy Award winning actress Helen Hayes, who later befriended her, she was so impressed by her dark appearance, slim physique, and gentle voice, that she helped advance her potential by arranging for her to begin a career in the film industry beginning with her appearing in a supporting role in "Dames" (1934). From there, she would go on to flourish as a notable character actress appearing in over 50 features; often typecast as chorines, manicurists, beauticians, telephone operators, secretaries, receptionists, housekeepers, wives, mothers, relatives, old maids, educators, nannies, waitresses, retail clerks, saleswomen, clergywomen, gossips, snobs, busybodies, neighbors, landladies, eccentrics, curmudgeons, white-collared workers, dowagers, and matriarchs. She appeared in such feature films as "Gold Diggers of 1935" (1935), "Ever Since Eve" (1937), "Accidents Will Happen" (1938), "Torcy Runs for Mayor" (1939), "Below the Deadline" (1946), "Storm Warning" (1951), "The Story of Will Rogers" (1952), "Lucy Gallant" (1955), "A Day of Fury" (1956), "Funny Face" (1957), "The Hanging Tree" (1959), "Guns of the Timberland" (1960), "Sunrise at Campobello" (1960), "A Fever in the Blood" (1961), "The Couch" (1962), "The Brass Battle" (1964), and "The Third Day" (1975). On television, she appeared in numerous guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "Bronco," "The Loretta Young Show," "The Rifleman," "Telephone Time," "Maverick," "Checkmate," "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," "The Donna Reed Show," "Perry Mason," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," "Wagon Train," and "Kolchak: The Night Stalker". During her career, she was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was supportive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, was a member of the Hollywood Republican Committee, had been a regular parishioner of the Catholic church, presided on her local charters of the American Red Cross and the Girl Scouts, sat on the board of directors for the California division of the Homemakers of America, had been a theatrical instructor for the Pasadena Playhouse, was a commercial model for the Forbes Agency, and she was married to real estate executive Donald E. Hill from 1945 until her death (their union produced one daughter). Following her retirement in 1980, she spent the final year of her life involved in charitable and religious ventures until her death.

Bio by: Lowell Thurgood

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  • Originally Created by: gordonphilbin
  • Added: 19 Jan 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 83727398
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83727398/fern-barry: accessed ), memorial page for Fern Barry (24 Sep 1909–9 Sep 1981), Find a Grave Memorial ID 83727398, ; Maintained by Find a GraveCremated, Ashes given to family or friend.