||From The Ironside Archive:
Brooklyn-born Barbara was the child of a Navy enlisted man and his wife. Her childhood, spent chiefly in Texas and Tennessee, was far from luxurious and she associates the time between dropping out of Memphis State University to pursue her career and her signing by Universal Studios more with peanut butter sandwiches than with caviar.
While still in school in Memphis, Barbara was voted "Miss Memphis" and missed by a half-vote being selected as "Miss Tenessee" for the "Miss America" contest. More meaningful in her eyes were the months she spent in experimental theatre groups such as the Front Street Repertory Theatre. Barbara decided to try California as the starting point for her professional career. She held dozens of temporary daytime jobs to pay her living expenses, working at night with the Los Angeles Art Theatre.
In a Los Angeles production of "The Rattle of a Simple Man", Barbara's performance as Cyrenne drew the attention of a major talent agency which arranged her contract with Universal Studios. Guest appearances on "The Virginian (1962)", "The Road West (1966)", and Star Trek: The Original Series preceded her casting as Officer Eve Whitfield in "Ironside (1967)". In her first season on the series she won an Emmy for "Best Supporting Actress."