Barbara Pepper

Place of birth:
New York City, New York, USA:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Barbara Pepper (born Marion B. Pepper; May 31, 1915 – July 18, 1969) was an American stage, television, radio, and film actress. She is best known as the first "Doris Ziffel" on the sitcom Green Acres. Pepper was born in New York City, the daughter of actor David Mitchell "Dave" Pepper, and his wife, Harrietta S. Pepper. At age 16 she started life in show business with Goldwyn Girls, a musical stock company where she met lifelong friend Lucille Ball. Pepper began making movies. Among her later film parts were small roles in My Fair Lady and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. She also performed radio parts. In 1943, she married actor Craig Reynolds (né Harold Hugh Enfield), and the couple later had two sons. After Reynolds died in 1949 in a California motorcycle accident, Pepper was left to raise their children alone. She never remarried. After gaining weight, her roles were mostly confined to small character parts on television, including several appearances on I Love Lucy, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Petticoat Junction, and The Jack Benny Program. She made four appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of Martha Dale, mother of the title character, in the 1957 episode "The Case of the Vagabond Vixen". A long-time friend of Lucille Ball, Barbara was considered for the role of Ethel Mertz on "I Love Lucy," but was passed over due to the fact that she was reportedly a drinker. William Frawley ("Fred Mertz") was, likewise, reportedly, a drinker and was already cast. It was felt that having two drinkers in the cast might eventually cause difficulties so they auditioned and found Vivian Vance to play Ethel instead. She may be best remembered as the first Doris Ziffel on Petticoat Junction in 1964, although her character's name on the "Genghis Keane" episode of Petticoat Junction was Ruth Ziffel. Her role as Doris Ziffel continued on Green Acres from 1965 to 1968, until heart ailments finally forced her to leave that weekly series. Veteran actress Fran Ryan replaced her on Green Acres, which would continue to run for another three years. Her final performance was in the 1969 film Hook, Line & Sinker, in which she played Jerry Lewis's secretary.


Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
as Big Bertha
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
as Miss Brown (uncredited)
The Music Man (1962)
as Mrs. Hawkes
Sex Kittens Go to College (1960)
as Circe
The Bramble Bush (1960)
as Polly Welk
The D.I. (1957)
as Woman Customer
The Eddie Cantor Story (1953)
as Beer Garden Patron
Inferno (1953)
as Waitress
So This Is Love (1953)
as Fat Girl with Sailor in Nightclub (uncredited)
Ghost Buster (1952)
as Mrs. Nolan
My Blue Heaven (1950)
as Susan (uncredited)
No Way Out (1950)
as Woman (uncredited)
The Inspector General (1949)
as Buxom Villager (uncredited)
The Snake Pit (1948)
as Asylum Patient
Terror Trail (1946)
as Karen Kemp, the Louisville Lady
The Naughty Nineties (1945)
as Gilded Cage Hostess (uncredited)
Trouble Chasers (1945)
as Goldie
Murder, He Says (1945)
as Bonnie Fleagle
Once Upon a Time (1944)
as Cabbie
Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid (1944)
as Miss LaRue ("Wild Rose")
Let's Face It (1943)
as Daisy (uncredited)
Girls in Chains (1943)
as Barbara Pepper
Blonde and Groom (1943)
as Rex's Fiancée
Carry Harry (1942)
as Edith, Harry's Girl Friend
My Favorite Spy (1942)
as Speedy
One Thrilling Night (1942)
as Lettie
Birth of the Blues (1941)
as Maizie
Manpower (1941)
as Polly
Three Sons o' Guns (1941)
as Francie LaRue
Out of the Fog (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
as Lady Wrestler Type on Ship (uncredited)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
as Dorine
The Return of Frank James (1940)
as Nellie Blane
Sailor's Lady (1940)
as Maude
Forgotten Girls (1940)
as Eve Abbott
Framed (1940)
as Goldie Green
Castle on the Hudson (1940)
as Goldie
Of Mice and Men (1939)
as Second Girl (uncredited)
The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)
as Muriel - Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Three Sons (1939)
as Viola
The Women (1939)
as Tough Girl
Colorado Sunset (1939)
as Ginger Bixby
Bachelor Mother (1939)
as Dance-Hall Hostess (uncredited)
Off the Record (1939)
as Flossie - Telephone Operator (uncredited)
They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
as Budgie Massey
The Girl Downstairs (1938)
as Woman at bar
Army Girl (1938)
as Riki
The Chaser (1938)
as Mabel, Drunken Girl
The Lady in the Morgue (1938)
as Kay Renshaw
Wide Open Faces (1938)
as Belle
Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938)
as Althea Ames
Portia on Trial (1937)
as Evelyn
The Westland Case (1937)
as Agatha Hogan
Music for Madame (1937)
as Blonde on Bus (Uncredited)
Forty Naughty Girls (1937)
as Alice
The Big Shot (1937)
as Mamie
You Can't Buy Luck (1937)
as Store Clerk
The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937)
as Blonde Saloon Lady
Too Many Wives (1937)
as Angela Brown
What Becomes of the Children? (1936)
as Elsie Ford
Wanted: Jane Turner (1936)
as Marge Sanders
Winterset (1936)
as Girl
The Big Game (1936)
as Lois
Mummy's Boys (1936)
as Mary Browning
M'Liss (1936)
as Clytie Morpher
The Rogues Tavern (1936)
as Marjorie Burns
Taming the Wild (1936)
as Hazel White
The Singing Vagabond (1935)
as Honey
Frisco Waterfront (1935)
as The Blonde Stranger
Forced Landing (1935)
as Nancy 'Dusty' Rhodes
The Sagebrush Troubadour (1935)
as Joan Martin
Waterfront Lady (1935)
as Gloria Vance
Let 'em Have It (1935)
as Milly Adams
Our Daily Bread (1934)
as Sally
Strictly Dynamite (1934)
as Party Girl (uncredited)
Roman Scandals (1933)
as Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) © 2021

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