Barbara Niven (née Bucholz; born February 26, 1953) is an American actress, writer and producer, best known for her performances in Hallmark and Lifetime movies, and television roles in Pensacola: Wings of Gold, One Life to Live, Cedar Cove, and Chesapeake Shores. Niven had the leading role in the independent film A Perfect Ending (2012). She is also a motivational speaker, media trainer, and animal rights activist and spokesperson, as a National Ambassador for American Humane.
Niven has been married three times, to Ronald Garrison (m. 1974, divorced), David Alexander (m. 1985, divorced), and David Niven, Jr. (m. June 19, 1993, div. 1998). She has a daughter, Jessica, and three grandchildren. She obtained dual Canadian citizenship because her father was born there. Her favorite color is red, although she likes to wear black. She prefers sweats to fancy dresses.For thirty years, between fifteen and forty-five, she suffered from bulimia. Her older sister asked about it, and she got help after her daughter fainted at cheerleading practice. Others on the squad were also bulimic/anorexic. Niven promptly got them both help. She says, "secrets are what kept me sick." Once the secret was out, it no longer controlled her. Eating disorders is a topic about which she gives presentations that garner positive feedback. She supports human rights causes and programs that speak out against bullying. Niven appeared in She4ME ('She' for Marriage Equality), the 2014 five-minute public service video created in support. She has been a proponent of the 2012 seventeen-minute anti-bullying short Love is All You Need?, and its purpose in asking viewers to see themselves as a minority.Niven is an animal rights activist and spokesperson. She has a four-legged family of dogs and cats at home, and fosters older pets. She has participated on an animal rescue team to save victims of a puppy mill, and is a National Ambassador for American Humane.
Barbara Lee Bucholz was born in 1953 in Portland, Oregon, to parents George and Edie Bucholz, has two sisters, Shelley and Kim, and attended David Douglas High School. Has stated she knew when she was five that she wanted to be an actress. Niven grew up hunting and fishing and was a senior in high school before getting involved in acting.After high school, she attended college for six months, worked as export coordinator for a foundry, a general contractor, sold commercial real estate, and modelled. She married at twenty-one and had a business with her husband. Niven became a mother at twenty-six. After a divorce, and with no child support, she found a place to live with roommates to help with expenses.Her ten year high school reunion committee mailed a questionnaire with the final inquiry, "have you achieved everything in your life that you thought you would by now?" The realization she had not started acting had Niven declare to herself that she was "going to be an actor" and "going to be in show business somehow." Acknowledging a penchant for being on camera and knowing she enjoyed writing, she decided to look for a job in news reporting.
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Crossword Mysteries: Terminal Descent
After volunteering to participate in a crossword solving competition with a new supercomputer, crossword puzzle editor TessHarper finds herself swept into the investigation of the bizarre murder of a ...
Sweet Revenge: A Hannah Swensen Mystery
A murder at a gym complicates the wedding planning of Hannah and Mike.
Crossword Mysteries: Riddle Me Dead
When the host of a popular game show is murdered, Tess and Detective O'Connor attempt to uncover who was behind it all.
Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver
During her birthday celebration, there is a world that isn't always what it seems when a magician dies.
During Christmastime, a reporter for a Norfolk newspaper goes on a Tiger Cruise where she meets a handsome naval officer and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship's archive room.
Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing
Hannah steps up to help finish the launch of the new museum while questioning her relationship and future with her boyfriend.
Love on the Menu
When chef Hank makes a deal with a frozen food executive to save his restaurant, their unexpected attraction complicates matters, leaving the woman torn between loyalty to her boss and love for Hank.
Christmas In Evergreen: Tidings of Joy
A skeptical writer shows up in Evergreen to get the scoop on the town's famed passion for Christmas during a search for a long- lost time capsule.
Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For
A crossword puzzle editor finds her life completely disrupted when several of the clues in her recent puzzles are linked to unsolved crimes, and she is pulled into the police investigation.
Crossword Mysteries: Proposing Murder
When an old friend of New York Sentinel Crosswords editor Tess Harper is found murdered on the very day her puzzle includes his proposal of marriage, Tess unofficially teams up with Detective Logan O’...
Love Takes Flight
A hospital director is forced to re-examine her lifestyle when a pilot enters her life.
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
Lisa's return to her hometown for the holidays finds her shepherding an effort to save the town's beloved general store, fulfilling the wishes of a Christmas past and finding a romance full of Christm...
Murder, She Baked: Just Desserts
Hannah takes it upon herself to find the killer when another judge is murdered.
Habeas Corpus: The Making of 'Psycho Cop Returns'
Retrospective documentary on the making of the low-budget horror slasher film Psycho Cop Returns (1993).
A mother took her son camping because she felt disconnected from him. As soon as she arrives, she starts butting heads with her cabin neighbor, a single father and an outdoor enthusiast who is also lo...
Christmas in Evergreen
She will spend Christmas with her boyfriend who is in another country. Ryan stops to help her when she is at the airport and he is going to Florida with his daughter. They are not going to meet again,...
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Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe
When a murderer is on the loose, Hannah Swensen can't keep her hands out of the batter.
Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery
Hannah Swensen has a monopoly on bakeries. Hannah is determined to prove that she wasn't the only one who had an axe to grind when the other store opens. Someone wasn't fooled by the Georgia Peaches' ...
An old romance and complicated family issues are dealt with by a divorced mom when she returns to her hometown with her twin daughters.
Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery
Based on the New York Times bestselling book, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, the film will take viewers on a delicious mystery that centers on Hannah Swensen, the shop owner of the Cookie Jar, where mu...
A modern Shakespearean actor must travel back in time to confront enigmatic forces from the past and future.
Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery
A bakeshop owner is involved in a murder investigation after finding a body at a Christmas tree lot. With colorful characters popping up as suspects, shady business practices uncovered at the tree lot...
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In Cedar Cove, Washington, a judge is seen as the community's guiding light. She fights the uphill battle of balancing career with family and finding love, all the while doing her best to care for the...
My Mother's Secret
When a woman tells his mother that she is pregnant, he learns that she is adopted. He hired a private detective to find his family.
After a woman kills a home invasion robber in self-defense, his vengeful girlfriend befriends her at a crime victim support group and sets about trying to destroy her life.
Gabe the Cupid Dog
Journalist Eric is able to weather the break off of his relationship with Marsha. His boss wants to send him to London so he can open an office. Eric has to find out the true identity of the best-sell...
A Perfect Ending
Rebecca, a woman who has kept her sexuality a secret from her friends but chooses to reveal it to a stranger, is the focus of this intimate drama. Despite Rebecca's revelations, a perfect ending is st...
When a sudden, unexplained rise in local temperatures threatens to turn Los Angeles County into a thirsty, lifeless desert, one scientist must put her theories to the test in a desperate effort to pre...
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Parks and Recreation
A hilarious ensemble comedy that follows a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit ...
Accused at 17
A teenager is accused of murdering a fellow student and claims that she was framed by her best friend. Her mother has to find the truth.
A young woman is trapped in a basement by a deranged handyman.
Dead at 17
A child commits suicide. He may have been involved in something they never dreamed a kid like him would ever do, as she and her daughter begin to take a deeper look at the circumstances surrounding hi...
Carolinian Blake Beckett (Pepper Sweeney), the son of a stock car racing legend, is a 4-time short track racing champion. Blake never made it to the speedways of the National Cup Racing circuit, but s...
Mel, a photo journalist, gets suspicious when her best friend Danny starts dating a wealthy but mysterious woman. She enlisted the help of her assistant to investigate her past and present occupation,...
Moonlight & Mistletoe
The spirit of Christmas in Santaville has waned, taking the family business with it, as Nick's estranged daughter Holly returns home after three years. Holly was rekindling her belief in Christmas whe...
A Valentine Carol
A radio talk show host is visited by the ghost of her predecessor, who shows her the error of her ways, in a spoof of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
A gorgeous young automobile fanatic--and front to the hottest unsigned band on the West coast-- finds herself caught up in illegal drag-racing contests organized by exotic car fanatics.
Alice learns she can't have her own children when she loses her baby. She and her husband are overjoyed when they find a surrogate to give them a baby. Alice's happiness soon turns to jealousy and rag...
Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery
Murder becomes the featured attraction at the bookstore when Clint Taylor comes to town. Taylor and his band of cowboys will be in town thanks to the chairperson. The actor hasn't been in the spotligh...
All You've Got
Three friends' love for volleyball is tested to the limit when their school burns to the ground and they are forced to join a rival school in order to win the national championship.
Murder in My House
When Lauren and her dad move into their new house, she learns that it was once the site of a murder. It's Lauren's job to find the clues that will bring the killer to justice.
Two women are talking about killing each other's husbands. One of the people wants the other to kill herself.
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Back to You & Me
After befriending a patient and then losing her to cancer, Dr. Sydney Ludwick decides to take some much needed time off to attend the 20th anniversary of her high school reunion and confront some deep...
In order to win a life-changing grand prize, aspiring restauranteurs must prove they possess the right combination of ingredients by going through an intense chef academy.
The serial killer left clues and photos at the crime scenes. A veteran cop is trying to close a case before he retires. As the web of deception is broken, the truth begins to emerge.
Stranger in My Bed
Sarah faked her own death to escape her abusive spouse. It doesn't take her estranged husband long to find her. It looks like only one will survive the game between them.
The Perfect Neighbor
In Kansas City, the deranged middle-age Donna Germaine stabbed and killed her lover when he called off their relationship to stay with his wife. Donna uses an excuse to move to the house of her aunt, ...
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Alone with a Stranger
Max never had the good things in life. A life of crime was his only legacy. So when he discovers an unknown brother, to whom fortune has granted all that is missing in Max's life, he decides to do any...
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I Married a Monster
The movie 'I Married a Monster From Outer Space' has been re-made.
The Charmed Ones, the most powerful good witches of all time, were prophesied to protect innocent lives from evil beings such as demons and warlocks. While trying to maintain normal lives in San Franc...
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Doublecross on Costa's Island
Six years after stopping a multi-national arms deal that would have wiped out Los Angeles, Agent Enrico Costa (Franco Columbu) is tracked down at his home halfway around the world. Through revenge and...
Pensacola: Wings of Gold
The Naval Air Station in Florida is where Wings of Gold is based.
The doctors who invented the modern breast implant are from Texas. They follow different paths when they have success and money. One becomes the surgeon of the everyday woman while the other's career ...
Kurenai travels to Las Vegas to find his father's killer. He is homeless and in an alley where he hears cries for help from bikers. Rita and Chico live with other runaways in the warehouse where Kuren...
Opella and Dan are a couple whose sexual fantasies get so wild that Dan wants to stop them. When Opella is found dead, Dan contacts his brother to help him dispose of the body, but the past comes back...
Humanoids from the Deep
In the remake of the 1980 ecological horror movie, a secret government experiment turns frightening when genetically altered fish escape. Scientists think they are dead after a chemical spill. Governm...
Illegal Entry: Formula for Fear
A masked killer is stalking a young girl after murdering her parents. A secret formula developed by her father would end world hunger. The killer wants it and the person who sent him thinks she has it...
Psycho Cop Returns
A group of office workers are having a party. They want to have drugs there. Their conversation on the subject is overheard by a policeman, which is rather unfortunate for them. He will make sure that...
A woman finds out that her biological father, a professional race car driver, was murdered twenty years ago and the murderer or murderers are still on the loose.
Hired to Kill
A fashion photographer and seven models travel to a South American island fortress to do a fashion shoot. The photographer is a mercenary who is trying to free a rebel leader.
Bob returns home for his mother's funeral knowing that he must fulfill a promise he made 30 years ago to care for his brother DJ, who is mentally ill. The most difficult challenge of Bob's life is whe...