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Actress Barbara Bain receives star on Walk of Fame

HOLLYWOOD — Three-time Emmy-winning actress Barbara Bain received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame April 28, thanks to a campaign spearheaded by three fans to raise the $30,000 required for the star’s installation.

Walk of Fame honorees Ed Asner and Dick Van Dyke joined Bain in speaking at the ceremony in front of the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Bain guest-starred on a 1963 episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” portraying the one-time fiancee of Van Dyke’s character.

Bain’s star is near the star of the famed acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Bain began her acting training in a private class of Strasberg.

“I came here with a Broadway play, and the Biltmore Theater is where I played. It’s gone. I’m still here,” the 84-year-old actress said with a smile.

In June, Bain will return for her eighth year working with the Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival, mentoring writers ages 9 to 19 and directing their plays for production on the stage of the Stella Adler Theatre, part of the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre.

Bain’s portrayal of model and secret agent Cinnamon Carter on “Mission: Impossible” brought her the Emmy for outstanding continued performance by an actress in a leading role in a dramatic series in 1967, 1968 and 1969.

Born Millicent Fogel on Sept. 13, 1931, in Chicago, Bain attended the University of Illinois where she discovered her lifelong passion, modern dance.

After graduating with a degree in sociology, she moved to New York City, working as a fashion model and studying with the master of modern dance, Martha Graham.

Bain’s first acting role was in Paddy Chayefsky’s play “Middle of the Night,” which began a national tour in October 1957. The final leg of the tour brought Bain and her husband Martin Landau — and future “Mission: Impossible” co-star — to Los Angeles, where they decided to live.

Bain’s early television credits included “Mike Hammer” and “Richard Diamond, Private Detective,” “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Wagon Train,” “Ben Casey,” “My Mother the Car,” “Perry Mason” and “Get Smart.”

Landau’s contract dispute with the producers of “Mission: Impossible” led to both he and Bain leaving the series following its third season.

Bain and Landau also starred in the 1975-77 British science fiction series “Space: 1999.”

Bain’s later television credits included “Moonlighting,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “My So-Called Life,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Bain’s film credits include “American Gun,” “Skinheads,” “The Spirit of ’76,” “Forget Me Not,” “Nothing Special” and “Panic.”

 

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