Barbara Babcock

Barbara Babcock is known as an American actress. She is most famous for her role as Grace Gardner on the popular television series, Hill Street Blues.

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Background and Age

Barbara Babcock was born on February 27, 1937 in Fort Riley, Kansas. Barbara’s father was a United States Army general and she grew up partially in Tokyo, Japan. She learned to speak Japanese before she learned English. Her mom, Jadwiga Noskow-iak, was born in Chile, went to the U.S. at nine years old. Her mom was a traditionally prepared singer, took a mid-year course at the Golden Bough Theater, and remained on after the course finished. After a practice at 12 PM, she could walk home alone along the seashore and not stress over a thing.

Her mom handled the lead in Romeo and Juliet at the Forest Theater. Her father had recently graduated from West Point and was studying Chinese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. He had a companion who did the venue's lighting, so he got the chance to watch the show from the lighting stall. His companion asked him to help and follow the lady dressed in white with the spotlight. At the finish of the show, her father went to his companion and said that he would marry Jadwiga.

Babcock studied at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and the University of Milan in Italy. She also attended Miss Porter’s School and graduated from Wellesley College. Before falling in love with acting, Babcock had considerably different things as a primary concern for her life. Initially, she needed to be an explorer to venture out to Africa, South America, and find parts that had never been strolled on by people. However, she learned that there was no real way to get by with that kind of lifestyle.

Career and Net Worth

Barbara Babcock first appeared on the little screen in 1963 as Dwyane Hickman's better half in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and she took her last bow on TV in 2004 on CBS' Judging Amy. She worked on many the most mainstream TV programs including Mission Impossible, Star Trek, Hogan's Heroes, Golden Girls, Taxi, and Frazier

Barbara Babcock was ranked in People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1994. Barbara won an Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress-Drama Series for her role as Grace Gardner on Hill Street Blues in 1981. Babcock played the role of Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman from 1993 through 1998, and she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the popular show.

Marriage, Husband, and Divorce

Barbara Babcock married Jay Sheffield in 1962. They got a divorce six years later in 1968.


Barbara Babcock harmed her arm while acting in The Glass Menagerie in Ireland. It mended, yet she was left with a jerk in her finger. Further examination prompted a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. It was a major shock to her and her family.

Quick Facts
Height: 5' 8"
Marital Status: Married
Profession: American character actress
Date of Birth: February 27, 1937 (age 81 years)
Nationality: American
Net Worth: N/A
Birth Place: Fort Riley Military Base, Fort Riley, KS
Spouse: Jay Sheffield (m. 1962–1968)
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Last Modified: Jul 9 2020
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