Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Moment In Afro Herstory: Singer Barbara McNair

Barbara McNair, was a cabaret singer, actress and television personality of the 1960s who was known as much for her stunning appearance as for her versatile voice. One of the few African-American television hosts of the period, Ms. McNair had her own syndicated variety series, “The Barbara McNair Show,” broadcast from 1969 to 1971. She made at least a half-dozen records, including several for the Motown label.
Her other Broadway credits include “No Strings” (1962), in which she replaced Diahann Carroll as the female lead, and a 1973 revival of “The Pajama Game.” Ms. McNair also had roles in several films, among them “If He Hollers, Let Him Go!” (1968), and “They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!” (1970), a sequel to “In the Heat of the Night,” the last two starring Sidney Poitier. She made many television appearances on “McMillan & Wife,” “The Mod Squad,” “General Hospital” and other shows. March 4, 1934, Miss McNair died February 4, 2007.

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