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Barbara Pepper (1915–1969)

Barbara Pepper's signature roles were as worldly "dames" during the Hollywood's 1930s and 1940s Golden Era, fitting snugly alongside other flashy broads of that period such as Iris Adrian, Joan Blondell and Veda Ann Borg. Barbara patented her own unique, hard-boiled style, however, and should have gone further than she did. Most people who ... See full bio »

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Kiss Me, Stupid Big Bertha


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (181 credits)
 1969 Hook, Line and Sinker
Peter's Secretary (uncredited)
 1969 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series)
- The Church Bell (1969) ... Emma
 1969 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilkins
- Let Them Out of the Nest (1969) ... Mrs. Wilkins
 1965-1968 Green Acres (TV Series)
Doris Ziffel
- The Spring Festival (1968) ... Doris Ziffel
- My Mother, the Countess (1968) ... Doris Ziffel
- Flight to Nowhere (1968) ... Doris Ziffel
- Arnold, Boy Hero (1968) ... Doris Ziffel
 1967 Laredo (TV Series)
- Walk Softly (1967) ... Emma
 1966 My Mother the Car (TV Series)
Greek Nightclub Dresser
- Absorba the Greek (1966) ... Greek Nightclub Dresser (uncredited)
 1966 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Mrs. Shanks
- Fifty Rifles (1966) ... Mrs. Shanks
 1966 My Brother the Angel (TV Series)
Lady Bookie
- The Big Newsboy War (1966) ... Lady Bookie
 1966 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Mrs. Brand
- Robbie, the College Man (1966) ... Mrs. Brand
 1965 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Mrs. Schultz
- Don't Skin That Bear (1965) ... Mrs. Schultz
 1964 Kiss Me, Stupid
Big Bertha
 1964 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Doris Ziffel / Ruth Ziffel
- As Hooterville Goes (1964) ... Doris Ziffel
- Race Against the Stork (1964) ... Doris Ziffel
- The Genghis Keane Story (1964) ... Ruth Ziffel
 1964 My Fair Lady
Doolittle's Dance Partner (uncredited)
 1964 The Patsy
Bowler (uncredited)
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Fat Lady
- You're All Right, Ivy (1964) ... Fat Lady
 1963 Who's Minding the Store?
Customer at Bargain Sale (uncredited)
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Series)
- Nightmare at Northoak (1963) ... Matty
 1956-1963 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
Large Wife / Woman with Santa / Woman / ...
- Money Watchers (1963) ... Large Wife (uncredited)
- Christmas Tree Lot (1957) ... Woman with Santa
- Fixing Up the Fraternity House (1957) ... Woman
- David's Date with Miss Universe (1957) ... Plump Woman
- Ricky, the Drummer (1957) ... Woman Who Wishes She Were 20 Years Younger (uncredited)
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Woman on Phone at Garage (uncredited)
 1963 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Cleaning Woman
- Who Killed Julian Buck? (1963) ... Cleaning Woman
 1958-1963 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Polly / Mrs. Maybelle Gifford
- The Tom O'Neal Story (1963) ... Polly
- The Mary Ellen Thomas Story (1958) ... Mrs. Maybelle Gifford
 1963 Wide Country (TV Series)
- To Cindy, with Love (1963) ... Waitress
 1957-1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Mrs. Williamson / Mrs. Dwyer - Fat Woman / Mrs. Diamond / ...
- The Case of the Prankish Professor (1963) ... Mrs. Williamson
- The Case of the Left-Handed Liar (1961) ... Mrs. Dwyer - Fat Woman
- The Case of the Violent Vest (1961) ... Mrs. Diamond
- The Case of the Vagabond Vixen (1957) ... Martha Dale
 1963 A Child Is Waiting
Miss Brown (uncredited)
 1962 It's Only Money
 1962 The Music Man
Feril Hawkes (uncredited)
 1962 Poor Mr. Campbell (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dumphy
 1961-1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Mrs. Littlesmith / Landlady
- The Ginnie Littlesmith Story (1962) ... Mrs. Littlesmith
- Tunnel of Horrors (1961) ... Landlady
 1954-1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Maggie / Saleswoman / Barbara / ...
- Jack Is Violin Teacher (1962) ... Maggie
- Christmas Shopping Show (1957) ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
- Mary Has May Co. Reunion (1957) ... Barbara
- How Jack Found Mary (1954) ... Sally - Mary's Co-Worker
 1962 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Della the Madam
- One, Two, Three (1962) ... Della the Madam
 1962 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Fat Lady
- The P.T.A. Bash (1962) ... Fat Lady (uncredited)
 1961 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Mrs. Miller
- Afternoon of a Cowboy (1961) ... Mrs. Miller
 1961 The Detectives (TV Series)
- The Short Way Home (1961) ... Theresa
 1960 This Man Dawson (TV Series)
Barbara Fallon
- Human Predator (1960) ... Barbara Fallon
 1958-1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Mistress Becket
- The Reluctant Dragon (1960) ... Mistress Becket (uncredited)
 1960 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
- Local Girl (1960) ... Waitress (uncredited)
 1960 Sex Kittens Go to College
Circe - Big Woman with Ripped Dress (uncredited)
 1960 The Bramble Bush
Polly Welk (uncredited)
 1959 Bonanza (TV Series)
Lil McSween
- The Hanging Posse (1959) ... Lil McSween
 1958-1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Clara Chase / Mrs. Brody
- The Counselor (1959) ... Clara Chase
- The Payoff (1958) ... Mrs. Brody
 1959 The Texan (TV Series)
Mary Devlin
- The Telegraph Story (1959) ... Mary Devlin
 1959 Cimarron City (TV Series)
- The Evil One (1959) ... Townswoman (uncredited)
 1959 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Big Martha Bledsoe
- Outrageous (1959) ... Big Martha Bledsoe
 1958 Auntie Mame
Mrs. Krantz (uncredited)
 1958 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Boxcar Annie
- Butch Cassidy (1958) ... Boxcar Annie
 1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby
Mrs. Oberholt (uncredited)
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- The Edge of Truth (1958) ... Ellie
 1957 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
- Where Is Louise Milk? (1957) ... Pearl
 1957 M Squad (TV Series)
- Face of Evil (1957) ... Landlady
 1957 Date with the Angels (TV Series)
- The Blue Tie (1957) ... Martha
 1957 The D.I.
Woman Customer
 1957 The People's Choice (TV Series)
Carol Filcher
- Sock Goes for the Dough (1957) ... Carol Filcher
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Miss Buell
- The Life You Save (1957) ... Miss Buell
 1956 Warner Brothers Presents (TV Series)
- Strange World (1956)
 1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
- The Charity Drive (1956) ... Housewife
 1956 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
- Betty Earns a Formal (1956) ... Shopper (uncredited)
 1956 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- Dark Meeting (1956) ... Clara
 1952-1955 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Party Guest / Neighbor / Woman on Bus / ...
- The Homecoming (1955) ... Neighbor
- The Tour (1955) ... Woman on Bus
- Sentimental Anniversary (1954) ... Party Guest
- The Girls Go Into Business (1953) ... Customer in dress shop
- Lucy's Last Birthday (1953) ... Friends of the Friendless Member (uncredited)
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Mekels
- The Lady Gambles (1955) ... Mrs. Mekels
 1955 Big Town (TV Series)
Mamkie Caldwell
- Firetrap (1955) ... Mamkie Caldwell
 1955 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Herman's Mother
- Sam (1955) ... Herman's Mother
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Fat Woman
- The Amy Moore Story (1955) ... Fat Woman
 1952-1955 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Woman at Airport / Violet McGonagall / Molly Pearson / ...
- George and the Glendale Eagle Publicity Stunt (1955) ... Woman at Airport (uncredited)
- No Fan Mail for George (1954) ... Violet McGonagall
- Skating Pearsons Come to Visit (1952) ... Molly Pearson
- Dual Meanings (1952) ... Madge the Manicurist (uncredited)
 1954 Young at Heart
Wife (uncredited)
 1954 A Star Is Born
Esther's Neighbor (uncredited)
 1953 The Eddie Cantor Story
Patron (uncredited)
 1953 Inferno
Waitress (uncredited)
 1953 So This Is Love
Fat Girl with Sailor in Nightclub (uncredited)
 1952 Thunderbirds
Mrs. Louise Braggart
 1950 My Blue Heaven
Susan (uncredited)
 1950 The Fuller Brush Girl
Wife Watching TV (uncredited)
 1950 No Way Out
Woman (uncredited)
 1950 Unmasked
Mrs. Schmidt
 1949 The Inspector General
Buxom Villager (uncredited)
 1949 The Crooked Way
Shooting Gallery Proprietress (uncredited)
 1948 The Snake Pit
Patient (uncredited)
 1947 The Millerson Case
Eadie Rookstool (uncredited)
 1946 Terror Trail
Karen Kemp, the Louisville Lady
 1946 The Hoodlum Saint
Dance Contestant #1 (uncredited)
 1945 Prison Ship
Winnie De Voe (uncredited)
 1945 The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Annie (uncredited)
 1945 Murder, He Says
Bonnie Fleagle
 1945 The Naughty Nineties
Gilded Cage Hostess (uncredited)
 1945 Trouble Chasers
 1945 Brewster's Millions
Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1944 Can't Help Singing
Saloon Girl (uncredited)
 1944 An American Romance
Streetwalker (uncredited)
 1944 I Love a Soldier
Blonde (uncredited)
 1944 Since You Went Away
Bowling Alley Pin Girl (uncredited)
 1944 Once Upon a Time
Taxi Girl (uncredited)
 1944 Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid
Wild Rose (uncredited)
 1944 Cover Girl
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
 1943 Who's Hugh? (Short)
Tony's Wife (uncredited)
 1943 He Was Only Feudin' (Short)
Mildred Pepper
 1943 So This Is Washington
Betty - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1943 Let's Face It
Daisy (uncredited)
 1943 Girls in Chains
 1943 Blonde and Groom (Short)
Rex's Fiancée
 1943 Aerial Gunner
Blonde at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)
 1943 A Maid Made Mad (Short)
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Blonde Who Bruises Too Easy (uncredited)
 1942 Sappy Pappy (Short)
 1942 Carry Harry (Short)
Edith, Harry's Girl Friend
 1942 Three Smart Saps (Short)
Woman on Dance Floor (uncredited)
 1942 One Thrilling Night
 1942 My Favorite Spy
Speedy (uncredited)
 1941 Birth of the Blues
 1941 South of Tahiti
Julie (uncredited)
 1941 Man at Large
Myrtle, Hotel Guest
 1941 We Go Fast
Southern Belle with Traffic Fine (uncredited)
 1941 Manpower
 1941 Three Sons o' Guns
 1941 Out of the Fog
Cuban Room Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
 1941 The Cowboy and the Blonde
Chorine in Dressing Room (uncredited)
 1941 Ride, Kelly, Ride
Trudy (uncredited)
 1941 The Dog in the Orchard (Short)
 1940 Foreign Correspondent
 1940 The Return of Frank James
Nellie Blane
 1940 Sailor's Lady
 1940 Women in War
Millie, Irish Nurse
 1940 Forgotten Girls
Eve Abbott
 1940 Framed
Goldie Green
 1940 Castle on the Hudson
 1939 Of Mice and Men
Second Girl (uncredited)
 1939 The Amazing Mr. Williams
Muriel - Wedding Guest (uncredited)
 1939 Scandal Sheet
 1939 Three Sons
 1939 The Women
Tough Girl (uncredited)
 1939 Flight at Midnight
 1939 Colorado Sunset
Ginger Bixby
 1939 The Magnificent Fraud
June (uncredited)
 1939 Bachelor Mother
Dance-Hall Hostess (uncredited)
 1939 Off the Record
Flossie - Telephone Operator (uncredited)
 1939 They Made Me a Criminal
 1938 The Girl Downstairs
Woman at the Bar (uncredited)
 1938 Sweethearts
Telephone Operator (uncredited)
 1938 Army Girl
Riki Thomas
 1938 The Chaser
Mabel the Drunken Girl (uncredited)
 1938 The Lady in the Morgue
Kay Renshaw
 1938 Wide Open Faces
 1938 Hollywood Stadium Mystery
Althea Ames
 1937 Portia on Trial
 1937 The Westland Case
Agatha Hogan
 1937 Many Unhappy Returns (Short)
Sophie - Cigar Store Counter Girl
 1937 Music for Madame
Blonde on Bus (uncredited)
 1937 Forty Naughty Girls
 1937 The Big Shot
 1937 You Can't Beat Love
May 'Bubbles' Smith
 1937 Wrong Romance (Short)
 1937 You Can't Buy Luck
Store Clerk
 1937 The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Blonde Saloon Floozie
 1937 Too Many Wives
Angela Brown
 1937 Sea Devils
Spanked Blonde (uncredited)
 1936 Dog Blight (Short)
Alice Morgan
 1936 What Becomes of the Children?
Elsie Ford
 1936 Winterset
 1936 Wanted! Jane Turner
Marge Sanders - Posing as Jane Turner
 1936 The Big Game
Lois - the Drunk's Girl (uncredited)
 1936 Mummy's Boys
Mary Browning
 1936 M'Liss
Clytie Morpher
 1936 The Rogues' Tavern
Marjorie Burns
 1936 Show Boat
New Year's Eve Cutie (uncredited)
 1936 Taming the Wild
Hazel White
 1935 The Singing Vagabond
 1935 The Fighting Coward
Marie's Friend (uncredited)
 1935 Frisco Waterfront
The Blonde Stranger
 1935 Forced Landing
Nancy 'Dusty' Rhodes
 1935 Sagebrush Troubadour
Joan Martin
 1935 Waterfront Lady
Gloria Vance
 1935 Home Work (Short)
 1935 Anna Karenina
Party Girl (uncredited)
 1935 Dante's Inferno
Drunk at Ship's Cafe (uncredited)
 1935 Double Crossed (Short)
 1935 Let 'em Have It
 1934 Kid Millions
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
 1934 Our Daily Bread
 1934 Strictly Dynamite
Party Girl (uncredited)
 1934 Bottoms Up
Chorine (uncredited)
 1934 Moulin Rouge
Show Girl (uncredited)
 1933 Roman Scandals
Shantytown Resident / Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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[asked, as a former showgirl, why so many millionaires wind up marrying showgirls] Millionaires like to have their money's worth, and showgirls know how to make them think they're getting it.


On July 30, 1936, a man named Fred Radke of Tacoma, WA, was walking on the sidewalk in front of her home in Hollywood when he was suddenly stricken with a heart attack and collapsed. Seeing this, Pepper called a physician and then ran outside to administer first aid to him until the physician got there. The doctor said that Radke was close to death and had Pepper not been there to help him, he ... See more »


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