Actress Lynn Bari was born 100 years ago today in Roanoke, Virginia.
Lynn Bari was a striking actress who made any film in which she appeared more interesting. The majority of Bari's career was spent at 20th Century-Fox, where she appeared in a number of particular favorites, including SUN VALLEY SERENADE (1941), ORCHESTRA WIVES (1942), MARGIE (1946), and I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (1951).
Bari was dubbed by Pat Friday in SUN VALLEY SERENADE and ORCHESTRA WIVES; below is one of my favorite '40s film sequences, performing "At Last" with Ray Eberle and the Glenn Miller Orchestra in ORCHESTRA WIVES:
In 2010 Bear Manor Media published FOXY LADY: THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF LYNN BARI by Jeff Gordon. It's on my wish list!
GIRLS' DORMITORY (1936), LADIES IN LOVE (1936), PRIVATE NUMBER (1936), ON THE AVENUE (1937), LOVE IS NEWS (1937), CAFE METROPOLE (1937), WIFE, DOCTOR AND NURSE (1937), THE BARONESS AND THE BUTLER (1938), LILLIAN RUSSELL (1940), SLEEPERS WEST (1941), SUN VALLEY SERENADE (1941), THE FALCON TAKES OVER (1942), SECRET AGENT OF JAPAN (1942), ORCHESTRA WIVES (1942), HELLO FRISCO, HELLO (1943), MARGIE (1946), SHOCK (1946), and I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (1951).
2014 Update: Additional reviews: THE PERFECT SNOB (1941) and NOCTURNE (1946).
2015 Update: New Lynn Bari film reviews: NEWS IS MADE AT NIGHT (1939), WE GO FAST (1941), HOME SWEET HOMICIDE (1946), and THE KID FROM CLEVELAND (1949).
IMDb now lists Bari's birth year as 1917, incidentally.