- It is evident, Barbara has
"Done it All" from international Singing, Recording, Major Motion
Pictures, Television, Broadway and Her own Television show "The Barbara
- With a secretarial job to
support her, Barbara started going out on free auditions at a variety of
New York Night Clubs.
- Persistence paid off when Max
Gordon of "The Village Vanguard" offered her a job. Soon after she had an agent,
she was tagged for a weeks stint on the Arthur Godfrey Show and was
receiving fan mail by the scores.
- The Purple Onion in New York
proved to be the turning point in her career, Barbara swept the then
part time secretarial job out the door. From there she began her road to
"Headliner" in many of the country's most Prestigious Nightclubs...
- The Persian Room at New
York's Plaza Hotel, The Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, and most of the
major hotels in Las Vegas.
- Barbara made her Broadway
Debut in the Harnick-Back musical "The Body Beautiful". Though short lived, this
musical won her a great deal of critical acclaim, and soon she was
hostess of her own Television Show, "Schaffer Circle" and had a Hit
Record "Bobby" with Coral Records.
- She has subsequently recorded
with Signature and MoTown Records. Barbara has performed in two stage
productions with Nat King Cole, Touring in "I'm with You", and the Greek
Theatre in Los Angeles in "The Merry World of Nat King Cole".
- Barbara also starred in "No
Strings" with Richard Kiley, then on a National Tour with Howard Keel,
and appeared on Broadway in Pajama Game opposite Hal Linden.
- Most recently Barbara has
appeared in Berlin in "Sophisticated Ladies", a Celebration of the Music
of Duke Ellington.
- Barbara's straight dramatic
roles include "The Eleventh Hour", "Mission Impossible", "Vegas" , "The
Jefferson's", "Helltown", "The Redd Fox Show", and "Snoops", to mention
- Barbara's Silver Screen
- "IF He Hollers", with Raymond
St. Jacques, "Stiletto", with Alex Cord, "Venus in Furs", with James
Darren, "Change of Habit", with Elvis Presley, and two movies with
Sidney Portier, "They Call me Mr. Tibbs" and "The Organization".
- Barbara has also had a
re-occurring role on the Soap Opera, "General Hospital", and her own Hit
Musical Variety Show "The Barbara McNair Show".
- As is evident, Ms. McNair has
done it all and continues to have a rich and rewarding career.