Actresses of the 50s and 60s

Barbara Feldon “99”

In 1933, American on August 30, 2016 at 9:55 am

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Actress Barbara Feldon has done more than just her “Agent 99” role on the 1960s hit television series Get Smart. Like it or not, though, that’s what she’s most recognized for. Some actors would consider the typecasting confining, but not Feldon. “I was just happy to be working back then,” she chuckles. “I was too busy to be thinking about anything like that.” As a matter of fact, Feldon was nominated for two primetime Emmys (1968, 1969) as the sexy, loveable sidekick to bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart, played by the late Don Adams. The spy spoof was as famous for Adams’ catch phrases (missed it by that much, sorry about that chief) and kitsch “high-tech” gadgetry (shoe phone, cone of silence) as for its absurdity (despite being capitalized, the opposing Cold War organizations CONTROL and KAOS are not acronyms for anything). Feldon, born 1933, grew up Barbara Ann Hall in Butler, PA, and graduated in 1955 with a B.A. in drama from what has become Carnegie Mellon University. Two years later, she won grand prize on The $64,000 Question in the category of William Shakespeare. Feldon did stage and some bit parts in TV series including The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Flipper before hitting it big on Get Smart, which originally ran from 1965 to 1970. She was married from 1958 to 1967 to Lucien Verdoux-Feldon, and later partners with Burt Nodella, but has no children.

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