Barbara Babcock

Barbara Babcock (born February 27, 1937) is an American character actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as the sensuous Grace Gardner on Hill Street Blues, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress—Drama Series in 1981, and her role as Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1993.

    Early life

    Although she was born in the United States, she spent a large part of her childhood in Tokyo, Japan, because her father Conrad Stanton Babcock, Jr. was a general in the United States Army. She learned to speak Japanese before English. She attended Miss Porter's School and later Wellesley College, where she was a classmate of Ali MacGraw.


    Babcock's television appearances began in 1956. They included several episodes of the original series of Star Trek, although much of her work on the show consisted of uncredited voice work. In 1968, she made her debut on the big screen in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer western Day of the Evil Gun, followed by roles in the films Heaven with a Gun, co-starring Glenn Ford, Bang the Drum Slowly, Chosen Survivors, The Black Marble, Back Roads, The Lords of Discipline and That Was Then... This Is Now. From 1978 to 1981, she played the role of Liz Craig on the CBS soap opera Dallas. Other notable films include Heart of Dixie, Happy Together, Far and Away and Space Cowboys.

    Babcock won the 1981 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress—Drama Series for her work on Hill Street Blues. She appeared in 16 episodes of the NBC police drama as Grace Gardner from 1981 to 1986. She starred in the short-lived TV series The Four Seasons in 1984, Mr. Sunshine in 1986 and The Law and Harry McGraw in 1987.

    From 1993 to 1998, she played the role as Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1993. She was voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1994. After completion of the show in 1998, she appeared in the The Pretender, Chicago Hope, Frasier and Judging Amy. From 2001 to 2002, she played the role of the mother of Dana Delany's character in the Fox drama series Pasadena. Since 2004 she has not done film or television roles.



    Year Film Role Notes
    1968 Day of the Evil Gun Angie Warfield
    1969 Heaven with a Gun Mrs. Andrews
    1971 The Last Child Shelley Drumm
    1973 Bang the Drum Slowly Team Owner
    1974 Chosen Survivors Dr. Lenore Chrisman
    1977 Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. Rachel Sullivan
    1978 Operating Room Jean Lawrence
    1979 Survival of Dana Lorna Sims
    1980 The Black Marble Madeline Whitfield
    1981 Back Roads Rickey's Mom
    1982 Memories Never Die Louise Lowry
    1983 Quarterback Princess Judy Maida
    The Lords of Discipline Abigail St. Croix
    1984 Attack on Fear Jane Dutton
    1985 That Was Then... This Is Now Mrs. Douglas
    1986 News at Eleven Joanna Steckler
    1989 Happy Together Ruth Carpenter
    Heart of Dixie Coralee Claibourne
    1990 A Family for Joe Miss Quinn Collins
    1992 Far and Away Nora Christie
    1993 Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert Rhonda Devon
    1996 A Mother's Instinct Mrs. Mitchell
    1997 Childhood Sweetheart? Rose Carlson
    1999 A Vow to Cherish Ellen Brighton
    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie Dorothy Jennings
    2000 Space Cowboys Barbara Corvin
    2002 Home Alone 4 Molly


    Year Title Role Notes
    1961 NBC Sunday Showcase Annie Lee 1 episode
    1963 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Pamela Osborne 1 episode
    1965 The Munsters Miss Guthrie 1 episode
    1966–1967 Green Hornet Elaine Carey 2 episodes
    1967 The Lucy Show English Teacher 1 episode
    1968 Mission: Impossible Major Maria Felder 1 episode
    1967–1968 Star Trek Mea 3/Philana/voice-over work 6 episodes
    1969 Family Affair Pamela 1 episode
    1967–1970 Hogan's Heroes Mama Bear 3 episodes
    1971 Night Gallery Flora Alden 1 episode
    1972 Banyon Caroline Wheeler 1 episode
    1973 Shaft Jane Cunningham 1 episode
    Love, American Style Anna Scott 1 episode
    1968–1973 Mannix Ellen West 4 episodes
    1975 The Streets of San Francisco Judith 'Judy' Tyrell 1 episode
    1976 Starsky and Hutch Ellen Forbes 1 episode
    1977 McMillan & Wife Lydia Corman 1 episode
    Quincy, M.E. Melissa Asten 1 episode
    The Rockford Files Karen Hall 1 episode
    1978 Logan's Run Marianne 1 episode
    1979 Salem's Lot June Petrie TV miniseries
    1980 Benson Lily Maxwell 1 episode
    1981 Taxi Karen 1 episode
    Flo Louise Browning 1 episode
    1978–1982 Dallas Liz Craig 16 episodes
    1983 Cheers Lana Marshall 1 episode
    1984 The Four Seasons Lorraine Elliot 13 episodes
    1985 Hotel Monica Shawcross 1 episode
    1986 Mr. Sunshine Mrs. June Swinford 11 episodes
    1981–1982, 1984, 1986 Hill Street Blues Grace Gardner 16 episodes
    Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1981)
    1987 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Cissie Enright 1 episode
    CableACE Award for Outstanding Actress in a Dramatic Series (1988)
    Remington Steele Marisa Peters 2 episodes
    1987–1988 The Law and Harry McGraw Ellie Maginnis 16 episodes
    1989–1990 Empty Nest Paula Conroy 2 episodes
    1990 The Golden Girls Charmaine Hollingsworth 1 episode
    China Beach Lt. Col. Libby Heiss 1 episode
    1991 Wings Mae Hackett 1 episode
    1985–1993 Murder, She Wrote Various roles 5 episodes
    1993–1998 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Dorothy Jennings 100 episodes
    Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1995)
    1998 Chicago Hope Beverly Kronk 2 episodes
    2000 The Pretender Edna Raines 2 episodes
    2001 Frasier Penelope Janvier 1 episode
    2001–2002 Pasadena Lillian Greeley 8 episodes
    2002–2004 Judging Amy Diane McCarty 2 episodes


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