Barbara Read

Barbara Read

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1917-12-29
Deathday: 1963-12-11 (45 years old)

Biography

Born in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada, Barbara Read was the daughter of a contractor. Under contract to Columbia, she was paid but never used for a single picture. She quit in disgust. She was later signed by Universal and was cast as one of the Craig sisters inThree Smart Girls (1936) along with Deanna Durbin and Nan Grey. This was Barbara's first and best remembered film. Her career was over by the time she married actor William Talman, of "Perry Mason" fame, in 1953. The couple had two children: Barbara ("Barbie") and William III ("Bobo"). The marriage was turbulent as both she and Talman suffered from alcohol problems. They divorced in 1960 with Barbara gaining custody of the children. Talman took over custody a year later when Barbara's alcoholism and mental/emotional problems became overbearing. Committed suicide at her Laguna Beach, California home when she turned on the gas jets of her stove and sealed the doors and windows. She left a suicide note blaming "ill health". Barbara Read bore a powerful likeness to Deanna Durbin, whose sister she was portraying in "Three Smart Girls".


Date of Death: 11 December 1963, Laguna Beach, California (suicide)

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Known For
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1917-12-29

Deathday
1963-12-11 (45 years old)

Birth Place
Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada

Citizenships
Canada

Also Known As
Barbara French Read, Barbara Reed

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