Barbara Alyn Woods Biography


Birthday: March 11, 1962 (Pisces)

Born In: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Barbara Alyn Woods is an American film and television actress, best known for her roles in series’ such as ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.’ She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Illinois and following her high school graduation, she enrolled into Northern Illinois University. She made her acting debut in 1988, playing a small guest role in a single episode of the series titled ‘Sable’ and followed it with more guest appearances in series’ such as ‘Open House,’ ‘Empty Nest’ and ‘Equal Justice.’ She made her film debut in 1990 with a supporting role in the post-apocalyptic science fiction film titled ‘Circuitry Man’ and followed it with supporting roles in films such as ‘Delusion’ and ‘Flesh and Bone.’ She also played the main lead role in the film titled ‘Dance with Death.’ In 1993, she had her first major breakthrough when she appeared playing one of the key roles as Eve Sinclair in the 1993 series titled ‘Eden.’ She became a household name in the US after she starred as one of the main leads in the series titled ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ in the late 1990s. She further received great exposure after starring in a key role in the series titled ‘One Tree Hill.’
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Age: 62 Years, 62 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: John Lind (m. 1999)

father: Allen Woods

children: Alyvia Alyn Lind, Emily Alyn Lind, Natalie Alyn Lind

Born Country: United States

Actresses American Women

Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Females

City: Chicago, Illinois

U.S. State: Illinois

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education: Northern Illinois University

Childhood & Early Life
Barbara Alyn Woods was born on March 11, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, to Allen Woods. She had no family history in the show business and was raised into a middle class family. Soon after she was born, the family moved to Darien, where she spent rest of her growing up years.
When she was 3 years old, she felt the first rush of becoming a television star while watching the television show titled ‘The Sound of Music.’ She had no concept of acting at that point and she just became attracted to the whole idea of ‘performing.’
As she grew up, she became further interested in the prospect of becoming an actor. She however, did not know where to start. Everything changed when she entered high school. She got an excellent acting coach and Barbara began sharpening her acting skills. She also began doing theatre around the same time.
She also received a theatre scholarship, on which she attended Northern Illinois University, where she further honed her skills as an actor. She dedicates her success in the field to that scholarship and said that she loved English and would have become an English teacher if she had not earned that scholarship.
Following her college graduation, she kept doing theatres and at some point, she also began auditioning for roles in films and television. She eventually made her television debut in her mid-20s.
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In 1988, she made her acting debut playing a guest role as Cheri in the episode titled ‘Mob’ of the series titled ‘Sable.’ She also played guest roles in series’ such as ‘Married... with Children’ and ‘Open House.’
However, in the early phase of her career, she was noticed for the first time in 1989 when she appeared playing a guest role in the episode titled ‘The Schizoid Man’ of the hugely successful science fiction series titled ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’
She made her film debut in 1990, playing a supporting role as Yoyo in the post-apocalyptic science fiction drama film titled ‘Circuitry Man.’ The film received some positive reviews and turned out to be a box office success. She thus enjoyed a good beginning to her screen acting career, but it did not go all too well for her after that.
In television, she was mostly limited to playing guest roles in the early 1990s. She appeared playing guest roles in series’ such as ‘Equal Justice,’ ‘The Golden Girls’ and ‘Empty Nest.’ In 1992, she however appeared playing a supporting role as Kim in the television film titled ‘A House of Secrets and Lies.’
As for her film career, she appeared playing supporting roles in films such as ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Delusion’ and ‘The Waterdance.’ She earned the first lead role of her film career in the 1992 film titled ‘Dance with Death.’ She played Kelly in the erotic thriller film which received a very limited release and was not successful either critically or commercially.
She also resorted to playing smaller roles in the films such as ‘We’re Talking Serious Money’ and ‘Flesh and Bone.’ In addition, she also appeared playing two separate guest roles in two episodes of the series titled ‘Dream On.’
She further appeared playing a small role in the comedy horror film titled ‘Ghoulies IV.’ The film was a huge commercial and critical failure. She also played a supporting role in the drama-romantic war film titled ‘Frankie Starlight,’ which was a moderate critical and commercial success.
In the mid-1990s, she also appeared playing a supporting role in the erotic black comedy film titled ‘Striptease.’ The film received very poor critical reception and was slammed very badly by the critics. However, it managed to achieve decent commercial success.
What turned her television career around was her role as Eve Sinclair in the 1993 series titled ‘Eden.’ She played one of the main roles in the series which was a failure and was cancelled after one season.
1997 turned out to be the biggest year of her career thus far. She began playing one of the key roles as Diane Szalinski in the science fiction series titled ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.’ The series was a huge critical and commercial success and received great ratings. Barbara became a household name in the country as she appeared in the series for 3 years (1997-2000) and 66 episodes.
She followed with many guest roles in series’ such as ‘Providence’ and ‘American Dreams’ in the early 2000s. In 2003, she began playing one of the main roles as Deborah "Deb" Scott in the drama series titled ‘One Tree Hill.’ She played main role in the first four seasons, disappeared in the fifth season and re-entered the show in the sixth season. The critical and commercial success of the series further helped her establishing a strong footing into the industry.
However, in the more recent years, she has taken a break from acting. Her last television appearance was in 2014 with the TV film titled ‘Death Clique.’ Meanwhile, her last film role was in 2012’s ‘Taste It: A Comedy about the Recession.’
Her last film appearance was in ‘Walk. Ride. Rodeo,’ in 2019. The TV movies ‘Cult Classic’ and ‘A Christmas Wish’ is in post-production)
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Family & Personal Life
Barbara Alyn Woods met John Lind, an assistant director, on the sets of ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.’ They began dating right away and ended up getting married in 1999.
The couple have three daughters together, named- Natalie, Emily and Alyvia. All three of them are film and TV actors.
She mentioned in an interview that actress Mary Tyler Moore has been a lifelong inspiration to her.

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