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Barbara Pepper

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Barbara Pepper (born Marion B. Pepper; May 31, 1915 – July 18, 1969) was an American stage, television, radio, and film actress. She is best known as the first "Doris Ziffel" on the sitcom Green Acres. Pepper was born in New York City, the daughter of actor David Mitchell "Dave" Pepper, and his wife, Harrietta S. Pepper. At age 16 she started life in show business with Goldwyn Girls, a musical stock company where she met lifelong friend Lucille Ball. Pepper began making movies. Among her later film parts were small roles in My Fair Lady and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. She also performed radio parts. In 1943, she married actor Craig Reynolds (né Harold Hugh Enfield), and the couple later had two sons. After Reynolds died in 1949 in a California motorcycle accident, Pepper was left to raise their children alone. She never remarried. After gaining weight, her roles were mostly confined to small character parts on television, including several appearances on I Love Lucy, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Petticoat Junction, and The Jack Benny Program. She made four appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of Martha Dale, mother of the title character, in the 1957 episode "The Case of the Vagabond Vixen". A long-time friend of Lucille Ball, Barbara was considered for the role of Ethel Mertz on "I Love Lucy," but was passed over due to the fact that she was reportedly a drinker. William Frawley ("Fred Mertz") was, likewise, reportedly, a drinker and was already cast. It was felt that having two drinkers in the cast might eventually cause difficulties so they auditioned and found Vivian Vance to play Ethel instead. She may be best remembered as the first Doris Ziffel on Petticoat Junction in 1964, although her character's name on the "Genghis Keane" episode of Petticoat Junction was Ruth Ziffel. Her role as Doris Ziffel continued on Green Acres from 1965 to 1968, until heart ailments finally forced her to leave that weekly series. Veteran actress Fran Ryan replaced her on Green Acres, which would continue to run for another three years. Her final performance was in the 1969 film Hook, Line & Sinker, in which she played Jerry Lewis's secretary.

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May 31, 1915 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Roman Scandals 1933-01-01
Latest Project:
Series Laredo 1965-09-16
Known For
Poster of Petticoat Junction
Poster of The Fugitive
Poster of Perry Mason
Poster of Terror Trail
Series Laredo Unknown 1965-09-16
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Movie Kiss Me, Stupid Big Bertha 1964-12-18
Movie A Child Is Waiting Miss Brown (uncredited) 1963-02-13
Series The Greatest Show on Earth Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Movie The Music Man Mrs. Hawkes 1962-06-19
Series Mister Ed Unknown 1961-01-05
Movie The Bramble Bush Polly Welk 1960-02-24
Series My Three Sons Unknown 1960-09-29
Movie Sex Kittens Go to College Circe 1960-08-24
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Movie The D.I. Woman Customer 1957-05-30
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series M Squad Unknown 1957-09-20
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series The Walter Winchell File Unknown 1957-10-02
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Movie So This Is Love Fat Girl with Sailor in Nightclub (uncredited) 1953-07-15
Movie Inferno Waitress 1953-08-12
Movie The Eddie Cantor Story Beer Garden Patron 1953-12-25
Movie Ghost Buster Mrs. Nolan 1952-03-07
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series I Love Lucy Showgirl #2 1951-10-15
Movie No Way Out Woman (uncredited) 1950-08-16
Movie My Blue Heaven Susan (uncredited) 1950-09-15
Movie The Inspector General Buxom Villager (uncredited) 1949-12-31
Movie The Snake Pit Asylum Patient 1948-11-04
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Terror Trail Karen Kemp, the Louisville Lady 1946-11-21
Movie Murder, He Says Bonnie Fleagle 1945-01-01
Movie Trouble Chasers Goldie 1945-05-02
Movie The Naughty Nineties Gilded Cage Hostess (uncredited) 1945-06-20
Movie Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid Miss LaRue ("Wild Rose") 1944-04-01
Movie Once Upon a Time Cabbie 1944-06-29
Movie Girls in Chains Barbara Pepper 1943-05-17
Movie Blonde and Groom Rex's Fiancée 1943-04-16
Movie Let's Face It Daisy (uncredited) 1943-08-04
Movie One Thrilling Night Lettie 1942-06-05
Movie My Favorite Spy Speedy 1942-06-12
Movie Carry Harry Edith, Harry's Girl Friend 1942-09-03
Movie The Lady Eve Lady Wrestler Type on Ship (uncredited) 1941-02-25
Movie Three Sons o' Guns Francie LaRue 1941-08-02
Movie Manpower Polly 1941-08-09
Movie Birth of the Blues Maizie 1941-11-07
Movie Castle on the Hudson Goldie 1940-02-17
Movie Framed Goldie Green 1940-02-23
Movie Forgotten Girls Eve Abbott 1940-03-15
Movie Foreign Correspondent Dorine 1940-08-16
Movie The Return of Frank James Nellie Blane 1940-08-10
Movie Sailor's Lady Maude 1940-07-05
Movie They Made Me a Criminal Budgie Massey 1939-01-21
Movie Off the Record Flossie - Telephone Operator (uncredited) 1939-01-21
Movie Colorado Sunset Ginger Bixby 1939-07-30
Movie Bachelor Mother Dance-Hall Hostess (uncredited) 1939-06-30
Movie The Women Tough Girl (uncredited) 1939-09-01
Movie Three Sons Viola 1939-10-13
Movie The Amazing Mr. Williams Muriel - Wedding Guest (uncredited) 1939-11-22
Movie Of Mice and Men Second Girl (uncredited) 1939-12-30
Movie Wide Open Faces Belle 1938-04-18
Movie Hollywood Stadium Mystery Althea Ames 1938-02-21
Movie The Lady in the Morgue Kay Renshaw 1938-04-22
Movie The Chaser Mabel, Drunken Girl 1938-07-29
Movie Army Girl Riki 1938-08-11
Movie The Girl Downstairs Woman at bar 1938-12-23
Movie You Can't Buy Luck Store Clerk 1937-04-30
Movie The Outcasts of Poker Flat Blonde Saloon Lady 1937-04-16
Movie Too Many Wives Angela Brown 1937-04-09
Movie The Big Shot Mamie 1937-07-23
Movie The Westland Case Agatha Hogan 1937-10-30
Movie Forty Naughty Girls Alice 1937-09-24
Movie Portia on Trial Evelyn 1937-11-08
Movie Music for Madame Blonde on Bus (Uncredited) 1937-10-08
Movie M'Liss Clytie Morpher 1936-07-27
Movie Taming the Wild Hazel White 1936-02-14
Movie Mummy's Boys Mary Browning 1936-10-02
Movie The Rogues Tavern Marjorie Burns 1936-06-04
Movie The Big Game Lois 1936-10-09
Movie Wanted: Jane Turner Marge Sanders 1936-12-04
Movie What Becomes of the Children? Elsie Ford 1936-12-04
Movie Winterset Girl 1936-12-03
Movie Waterfront Lady Gloria Vance 1935-10-04
Movie Let 'em Have It Milly Adams 1935-05-15
Movie The Sagebrush Troubadour Joan Martin 1935-12-02
Movie Forced Landing Nancy 'Dusty' Rhodes 1935-12-02
Movie Frisco Waterfront The Blonde Stranger 1935-12-03
Movie The Singing Vagabond Honey 1935-12-16
Movie Strictly Dynamite Party Girl (uncredited) 1934-05-11
Movie Our Daily Bread Sally 1934-10-02
Movie Roman Scandals Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1933-01-01