Barbara Rhoades
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Name: Barbara Rhoades/Orenstein
Born: March 23, 1946
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1968-present
Known for: her comedy and mystery roles in movies
Barbara Rhoades (born March 23, 1946) is an American actress, known primarily for her comedy and mystery roles, especially as lady bandit Penelope "Bad Penny" Cushings in The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968). In addition, she had a recurring role on Soap as Maggie Jodie Dallas' future wife.


Born in 1946, in Poughkeepsie, New York where she was raised Rhoades began acting in the late 1960s playing guest roles on television series like: It Takes a Thief, Ironside (3 episodes including Dora as actress who is paid to fake an attempted rape) Mannix, Columbo, Kojak, Alias Smith and Jones, Love, American Style, The Odd Couple, The Six Million Dollar Man, Maude, Trapper John, M.D. and Murder, She Wrote. additionally, she was a regular cast member of the 1977 sitcom Busting Loose portraying Melody Feebeck.

In 1989, she was cast as Jessica Gardner on Generations. On televisions into the 2000s she appeared in a 2003 episode of Law & Order.

A tall (5-foot-10) voluptuous redhead, Rhoades appeared in a number of 1970s films such as: There Was A Crooked Man... (1970) opposite Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda and Up the Sandbox (1972) starring Barbara Streisand. She played a Police Officer named "No Balls" Hadley in 1977's The Choirboys and a Vegas Hooker who picks up Art Carney along the road during his Oscar-Winning performance in Harry and Tonto (1974). She also had a role in Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (1977) and Scream Blacula, Scream (1973). In 2007, she appeared in First Born with Elisabeth Shue.

She joined American soap opera One Life to Live in 2011 playing the recurring role of Irene Manning the childhood best friend of Victoria Lord (played by Erika Slezak).

In game shows, Rhoades appeared as a panelists on Match Game, To Say the Least, Hollywood Squares and Password Plus.

Shows appearedEdit

Match Game
To Say the Least
Hollywood Squares
Password Plus

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