This year's Halloween post features lovely Barbara Bates, who doesn't seem very scared of the spooky-looking masks hanging behind her!
Barbara Bates was born in Denver, Colorado, on August 6, 1925. She had three dozen film and TV credits between 1945 and 1962; she started out in bit roles, including several at Warner Bros., where she also played the title role in JUNE BRIDE (1948).
Barbara then had a very nice run of films at 20th Century-Fox in the early '50s. Later in her film career she made a Columbia Western, APACHE TERRITORY (1958), which was produced by Rory Calhoun, her costar in I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (1951).
A lovely woman and a talented actress, Barbara struggled with mental health issues, which accelerated after her first husband's death in 1967. She died in 1969, a suicide, just 44 years old.
Barbara Bates's charming screen work lives in, including in these films reviewed at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings: ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS (1948), JUNE BRIDE (1948), THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET (1949), ALL ABOUT EVE (1950), CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (1950), I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (1951), THE SECRET OF CONVICT LAKE (1951), LET'S MAKE IT LEGAL (1951), BELLES ON THEIR TOES (1952), and APACHE TERRITORY (1958)
Previous Halloween Posts: Marsha Hunt (2014), Linda Darnell (2013), and and BEWITCHED cast (2012).