BARBARA MCNAIR – DIED FEB. 4, 2007
Singer/actress Barbara McNair died of throat cancer at age 72.
Having begun her singing career in cabarets, night clubs, and on stage, Ms. McNair appeared on Broadway in 1958.
Ms. McNair was one of the first black women to host her own TV show in the US. As the shame that was segregation began to crumble in America, the entertainment industry took notice, and The Barbara McNair Show premiered in 1969 with a run until 1971.
Also having enjoyed a fine film career, she played Sidney Poitier’s wife in They Call Me Mr. TIBBS! and The Organization. The two films were sequels to the Oscar-winning In the Heat of the Night. Her other film and TV credits include A Change of Habit with Elvis, I Spy, Hogan’s Heroes, The Mod Squad, Mission: Impossible, Vega$, The Jeffersons, and The Redd Foxx Show.
Ms. McNair performed as a singer on many, many variety TV shows, including: Laugh In, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.