Barbara Bain Biography

Barbara Bain is an American actress who appeared in the TV series ‘Mission: Impossible’. Check out this biography to know about her birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

Barbara Bain
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Birthday: September 13, 1931

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 87 Years, 87 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: Mildred Fogel

Born in: Chicago, Illinois

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Females

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Martin Landau (m. 1957–1993)

children: Juliet Landau, Susan Landau Finch

City: Chicago, Illinois

U.S. State: Illinois

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education: University of Illinois

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Barbara Bain is an American actress who famously portrayed the role of ‘Cinnamon Carter’ in the television series ‘Mission: Impossible’. She won three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for her role in the show and was nominated at the Golden Globe Awards as well. Barbara Bain was the only cast member who appeared in each and every episode of the British-Italian sci-fi series ‘Space: 1999’. The Chicago-born actress first tried her hands at dancing and modeling before finally opting for an acting career. In her long acting career that has spanned over half a century, Bain has appeared in more than eighty films, television shows, and short films combined. Her portrayal of the character ‘Coral’ in the short film ‘Pacific Edge’ earned her the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City Awards for the same role. Barbara Bain was later awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Barbara Bain
Childhood & Early Life
  • Barbara Bain was born as Mildred Fogel on September 13, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were Russian Jewish immigrants who had moved to the United States before her birth.
  • Bain attended the University of Illinois and received her bachelor's degree in sociology and subsequently moved to New York City to learn dancing. However, her dancing career didn’t turn out as she expected and she eventually dropped the idea to become a professional model.
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Career
  • As a professional model, Barbara Bain was featured in some of the top publications of the time, including the fashion giants ‘Vogue’ and ‘Harper's Magazine.’ Not satisfied with her modeling job, Bain wanted to pursue more exciting career options.
  • She started to study theatre and eventually joined the Actors Studio. She took lessons from the iconic Broadway actor Curt Conway. Things started to move smoothly for her and she was featured in many theatre productions, including ‘Middle of the Night’, directed by Paddy Chayevsky.
  • Bain’s first appearance on television came in 1958 when she appeared in ‘Harbormaster’ as ‘Mary Owens’. She then made appearances in other shows like ‘Mike Hammer’, ‘State Trooper’, ‘Richard Diamond, Private Detective’ and ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis’.
  • She continued appearing in special roles in different television shows during the early 1960s, including ‘77 Sunset Strip’, ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, ‘Ben Casey’, ‘Valentine's Day’, and ‘My Mother The Car’.
  • Bain was signed by the makers of the television series ‘Mission: Impossible’ in the mid-1960s. She was chosen for the role of ‘Cinnamon Carter’, an IMF agent, in the show. She was part of the show for all seven seasons, making appearances in 78 episodes.
  • After appearing in a couple of television movies and making some guest appearances in television shows, Bain landed another big role on television. She was picked for the role of ‘Dr. Helena Russell’ in the science-fiction television program ‘Space: 1999’. She was the only cast member who appeared in all the 48 episodes of the show.
  • In the ensuing years, Bain appeared in numerous television shows, albeit in small roles, and featured in some popular films as well. Her notable films are ‘Skinheads’, ‘American Gun’, and ‘Forget Me Not’.
  • Over the course of her career, she has appeared in many short films and her work in ‘Pacific Edge’ earned her critical praise. She won multiple awards for her role of ‘Coral’ in the short film.
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Major Works
  • Barbara Bain played one of the main characters, Cinnamon Carter, in the series ‘Mission: Impossible’ between 1966 and 1969. She featured alongside Greg Morris, Peter Graves, Steven Hill, Martin Landau, and Leonard Nimoy. She won three consecutive Emmy Awards between 1967 and 1969, becoming the first actress to do so in history.
  • Bain’s role of ‘Dr. Helena Russell’, a doctor of medicine and a scientist in her early forties, in the series ‘Space: 1999’ is one of the highlights of her acting career. She portrayed the Chief Medical Officer of the Moonbase Alpha in the series that ran between 1975 and 1977. The show focused on the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha (a fictional moon base), who suffer a fatal explosion at the beginning of the show.
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Family & Personal Life
  • Barbara Bain met Martin Landau on the set of ‘Mission: Impossible’. The two got married in January 1957 and had two children, Juliet Landau and Susan Landau Finch, together. The couple got divorced in1993.
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Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
1969 Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Mission: Impossible (1966)
1968 Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Mission: Impossible (1966)
1967 Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Mission: Impossible (1966)

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