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Barbara Bain (born September 13, 1931) is an American actress film and television actress.

Early life

Bain was born in Chicago as Millicent Fogel, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants.[1] She graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Developing an interest in dance, she moved to New York City, where she studied with Martha Graham.

She became dissatisfied with her limitations as a dancer and disillusioned with the excessive insularity of the dance world. Moreover, neither her college degree nor her middling dance skills were paying the bills. Following a friend's advice, Bain tried her hand at modeling; jobs with Vogue, Harper's and many others followed over the next five years. While a reliable source of income, however, modeling was hardly inspiring or even interesting for Bain. On the contrary, it proved a bitter pill to swallow that her accidentally acquired looks should prove so much more lucrative than hard won knowledge and skills.[citation needed]

In the end, again following a friend's lead, after five years of posing, Bain finally found her true calling, studying acting at the Theatre Studio, first with Curt Conway, later Lonny Chapman, and, at the Actors Studio with Studio director Lee Strasberg.[2][3] Bain's first acting job would take her on the road with Paddy Chayevsky's Middle of the Night, which, having recently ended its Broadway run, was embarking on a national tour in October 1957. [2][4] Accompanying Bain on this journey was her cast mate - and newly acquired husband - Martin Landau; the final leg of the tour brought them to Los Angeles, where the couple would settle permanently.[2] After relocating, Bain quickly established herself at the Actors Studio West, to which she would return throughout her career, and where, 55 years later, she has remained active in her eighties, both leading classes and doing scene work of her own.[5]

Career

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On CBS's Mission: Impossible, Bain played Cinnamon Carter from 1966 until 1969 and again in one 1997 episode of Dick Van Dyke's Diagnosis: Murder. She guest starred as Madelyn Terry in the episode "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter" of CBS's Perry Mason series that aired in 1960. In 1964 she played the role of Elayna Scott in "The Case of the Nautical Knot." She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Actress in a Television Series for her performance in Mission: Impossible in 1968. She won three consecutive Emmys for Best Dramatic Actress for that series in 1967, 1968, and 1969.[6]

Her then husband, Martin Landau, also starred in Mission: Impossible. The two both left the series in 1969. She starred opposite Landau again in the science fiction television series Space: 1999 (1975–1977), as Dr. Helena Russell. Bain and Landau also performed together on screen in the 1981 made-for-TV film The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island. Bain also appeared in Season 2 of the television series The Dick Van Dyke Show in the episode "Will You Two Be My Wife?". Bain appeared on an episode of My So-Called Life, playing main character Angela Chase's grandmother.

She appeared in the episode "Matroyoshka" of Millennium, a late-'90s sci-fi series. In 1998, Bain was a special guest star in the Walker, Texas Ranger episode ("Saving Grace") as Mother Superior. In 2006, Bain had a minor role in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ("Living Legends"), which featured a suspect, played by Roger Daltrey, who used stretch rubber face masks, similar to those used in the old Mission: Impossible series, to kill his enemies. In 2008, Bain appeared in the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" of the TV show Ben 10: Alien Force, voicing Verdona Tennyson, the grandmother of Ben Tennyson and Gwen Tennyson, alongside her daughter, Juliet Landau.[citation needed]

Personal life

In 1957, she married actor Martin Landau, with whom she later starred on television. Landau and Bain divorced in 1993. The couple had two daughters, actress Juliet Landau and film producer Susan Bain Landau Finch[7] (born Susan Meredith Landau). Bain is of the Jewish faith.[8]

Barbara Bain has worked to further the cause of many charities, including literacy. When asked about watching daughter Juliet's career evolve, Bain told Attention Deficit Delirium: "I think it's wonderful. She wants it, she's very good at it, so she should do it. She's very gifted. I've seen her in the theater, and we've been on stage together. We did a play in Los Angeles together. It was gorgeous because I was in the wings and could watch her, and she could be in the wings and watch me. I handed her a handkerchief at the end of her big crying scene. I've never been nervous about her because she knows what she's doing, so I'm very calm when I watch her and very excited to see what she's doing. I don’t take pride because it doesn’t seem like anything that I did. It seems more exquisite pleasure, but not pride. I didn't do anything, she did it. In kindergarten she said she wanted to be a singer/dancer/actress. She does sing and did dance. She didn't mess around. She went right after what she was going to do."[9]

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series (1952–1975)
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