Barbara Britton

  1. Ingrid Bergman, For Whom The Bell Tolls, 1943. Better remembered for Westerns (and Revlon)  work, Barbara was one more among the many: Frances Farmer, Vivien Leigh, Barbara Stanwyck,
  2. Marilyn Monroe, All About Eve, 1950.
  3. Mary Tyler Moore, The Dick Van Dyke Show, TV, 1961-1966.   Anatomy of a TV  classic… After the cumbersomely titled pilot, The Comedy Spot: Head of the Family. 1960 the creator (and star) Carl Reiner sat on it for a year, then  showed it to producer Sheldon Leonard. ”Has potential,” he opined. “Needs better actors –  including your part.”  So a total reboot, all five main characters were re-cast. (One  or two was the norm,  but five – that was a first for US TV!).  Reiner became the boss, Alan Brady. Barbara Britton’s Laura Petrie became, “ya know, da girl with three names” – Mary Tyler Moore. Dick Van Dyke, Broadway’s latest smash (in Bye Bye Birdie), became Rob Petrie, new head of both familes. At home. And at the the office… derived from the writers’ bullpen at Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, TV, 1950-1954, with Buddy and Brady based on Mel Brooks and Sid Caesar.  And  wherein the writers. Sylvia Miles (remember her 1968 Midnight Cowboyhooker?) and Morty Gunty. were replaced by  Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam. The Petrie’s son, Ritchie, was switched from Gary Morgan to Larry Matthews. The biggest star of them all proved to be… da girl with three names!  Paving the way for two more: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.


 Birth year: 1919Death year: 1980Other name: Casting Calls:  3