Ina Balin

as Margaret Carruthers in the movie Alias Smith and Jones

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Real name is Rosenberg, Ina
Was born at 12 November 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, USA . Died at 20 June 1990, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (pulmonary hypertension)

Brooklyn-native actress Ina Balin (née Rosenberg) was born on November12, 1937, into a Jewish family of entertainers. Her father, SamRosenberg, was a dancer/singer/comedian who worked the Borscht Belt. Helater quit show business to join his family's furrier business. Hermother was a Hungarian-born professional dancer who escaped a troubledfamily life by marrying at age 15.

Sam was her third husband at age 21. They divorced when Ina and her brother, 'Richard Balin' , werestill quite young and the children were placed in boarding schools (sheat the Montessori Children's Village in Bucks County, Pennsylvania)until their mother married a fourth time to shoe magnate Harold Balin. He later adopted the two children. Ina always wanted to be an actress and her mother encouraged her to takeballet lessons while young. Her first big break occurred in New York atage 15 when she appeared on 'Perry Como' 's 1950s TV show.

She wenton to attend New York University majoring in theater and also studiedwith Actors Studio exponents 'Lonny Chapman' and'Curt Conway' while gathering additional experience on the summerstock stage. She made an auspicious Broadway debut in a female leadwith "Compulsion" in 1957. Two years later, the dark-haired,olive-skinned beauty won a Theatre World Award for her outstandingperformance in the Broadway comedy, "A Majority of One", starring'Gertrude Berg' . Producer 'Carlo Ponti' saw her Broadwayperformance in "Compulsion" and requested her for a prime role in hisfilm The Black Orchid (1958) . Starring Ponti's wife,'Sophia Loren' , and 'Anthony Quinn (I)' , Ina receivedimpressive notices as Quinn's sensitive, grownup daughter.

Consideredone of 20th Century Fox's most promising new talents, she received aspecial "International Star of Tomorrow" Golden Globe for this earlywork. A major career disappointment occurred when the film version of Compulsion (1959) was made and Ina's ethnic role of "RuthGoldenberg" was transformed into a non-ethnic part (Ruth Evans) thatwound up starring 'Diane Varsi' . Ina was given an unbilled part inthe movie. The sting of that studio transgression was somewhat softenedwhen she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best SupportingActress" for her intensive performance in the'Paul Newman (I)' /'Joanne Woodward (I)' soaper, From the Terrace (1960) , as Newman's love interest. Due to herstrong exotic features, she found herself confined by the studio in hercasting and she eventually felt compelled to leave.

A soft, slender, but intent-looking actress who could play various typesof ethnicities (Jewish, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Greek, et al. ), shehad a lovely, quiet glow to her, but could easily display the fierytemperament of an 'Anna Magnani' when called upon. In the 1960s,however, she was overshadowed by a number of her leading men in theirrespective showcases. There was little room for any actor to generateinterest upon themselves when playing opposite the likes of an'Elvis Presley' , 'Jerry Lewis (I)' and/or'John Wayne (I)' . In other situations, her roles were merelydecorative, less showy, or proved less integral to the main plot, suchas her secondary role as "Martha" in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) .

While Ina maintained a finebalance of TV roles ranging from the dramatic ( "Bonanza" (1959) , "Mannix" (1967) , "Quincy M. E. " (1976) , "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964) ) to the humorous( "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961) , "Get Smart" (1965) ),the one big acting role that could have set her apart from the othersnever materialized. Subsequent pictures such as the cult film The Projectionist (1971) and The Don Is Dead (1973) andher assorted appearances in several TV-movies failed to advance herstatus in Hollywood. And then her life changed.

. . dramatically. As thefirst woman to ever participate in a handshake tour of a South Vietnammilitary hospital in the late 60s, Ina toured Vietnam with the USO in1970 and was greatly affected by the entire experience. It alsotriggered a series of trips back to the war-torn region.

As a BoardMember of the An Lac orphanage in Saigon, she courageously took part inthe full-scale evacuation of nearly 400 orphans in 1975 during the fallof the city to the Communists. She eventually adopted three of the 219children who managed to be flown out of the country. In 1980, thedramatic rescue was replayed via a TV film in which Ms. Balin portrayedherself. The well-received The Children of An Lac (1980) (TV) also starred 'Shirley Jones (I)' (as fellow rescuer "BettyTisdale") and 'Beulah Quo' (as the concerned Vietnamese woman whoran the An Lac orphanage).

From this point on, Ina's professional career took a back seat to theraising of her children and her ongoing interest in foreign relief. Sheappeared throughout the 1980s with a sprinkling of guest shots on TV's "Battlestar Galactica" (1978) , "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) and "As the World Turns" (1956) , among others. As for film, herlast movies ( The Comeback Trail (1982) , Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986) and That's Adequate (1989) ) were unworthy of her obvious talents. Ina never managed to fulfill her promising, Golden Globe-winningpotential for she was diagnosed and eventually succumbed, at the age of52, to a rare case of pulmonary hypertension. A single parent, she wassurvived by her three children.


There is some small facts about Ina Balin:
  • Helped evacuate hundreds of Vietnamese orphans at the end of the Vietnam War.
  • She adopted 3 Vietnamese girls in 1976: Nguyet Baty, Ba-Nhi Mai and Kim Thuy.
  • In the TV-movie The Children of An Lac (1980) (TV) , 'Shirley Jones (I)' starred as real-life Red Cross volunteer Betty Tisdale, who along with Ms. Balin, rescued 219 orphans right before the fall of Saigon. While Balin adopted three children, Betty and husband Patrick adopted 5 Vietnamese girls from An Lac and continued to raise funds for An Lac from their home base in Ft. Benning and Columbus, Georgia.
  • Was also a published photographer and was the co-owner of the Balin-Traube Art Gallery in New York, which operated on East 74th Street for three years in the early 1960's.
  • Once while traveling in Madrid, she witnessed a car accident in which a car had overturned. With a sheer rush of adrenalin, the petite actress managed to get to the motorist first and turn the car right side by herself, freeing the man, by the time a crowd formed and applauded her efforts.
  • Stepfather was Harold Balin, a shoe magnate. He adopted Ina and her brother, 'Richard Balin' .
  • Her father, Sam Rosenberg, was once a song-and-dance performer who worked the Borscht Belt with 'Danny Kaye' . Sam's parents were prominent furriers and threatened to cut him off if he didn't leave show business. He left and was became very successful in the fur business in his own right.
  • Has two stepbrothers, David Balin and Richard Rosenthal, and one stepsister Arline Kronengold. Richard was a top Wall Street executive until his death after crashing his private Beechcraft airplane. Flying from Syracuse, New York to Washington D.C., Richard was able to guide the malfunctioning plane into a sparsely-populated area that probably saved many people's lives. He was the only casualty. The Richard G. Rosenthal Jewish Community Center of Northern Westchester was created in his honor by the family.
  • Was a student of 'Lonny Chapman' and 'Curt Conway' in an off-shoot of the Actors Studio. It was later taken over by 'Milton Katselas' , 'Allan Miller (I)' and 'John Lehne' .
  • The oldest of Ina's children, Ngyuet, who is part Black and Vietnamese, has three children -- one of them is named Ina.
  • Ina was about 15 years old when she was hired to play the Virgin Mary in 'Perry Como' 's nativity scene on his Christmas TV show, which she did for a couple of years.
  • All three of the orphans Ina adopted appeared in the TV film The Children of An Lac (1980) (TV) .
  • Ina lost two big roles to 'Natalie Wood (I)' in her early career. She lost the title role in Marjorie Morningstar (1958) and was tested for and seriously considered for the part of Maria in West Side Story (1961) .
  • Aunt to producer/director/writer 'Melissa Balin' and film editor 'Brandon Balin' .
  • Sister of actor 'Richard Balin' .
  • Sister-in-law of 'Rochelle Balin' .
  • Appeared in many westerns.
  • Often played the hero's girlfriend/love interest.
  • Appeared in many Westerns.
  • Ina was the daughter of Betty Friedman and Sam Rosenberg, who divorced when she was 9 years old.
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There is the list of movies, where Ina Balin was taked part:
1 Alias Smith and Jones movie Alias Smith and Jones 1971 as Margaret Carruthers
2 As the World Turns movie As the World Turns 1956 as Rosalind Hatchley (1986)
3 The Six Million Dollar Man movie The Six Million Dollar Man 1974 as Cheryl Osborne
4 The Streets of San Francisco movie The Streets of San Francisco 1972 as Elaine Russo
5 Act of Reprisal movie Act of Reprisal 1964 as Eleni
6 Call to Danger movie Call to Danger 1973 as Marla Hayes
7 Charro! movie Charro! 1969 as Tracey Winters
8 Danger in Paradise movie Danger in Paradise 1977 as Marla Fears
9 From the Terrace movie From the Terrace 1960 as Natalie Benzinger
10 Hostage Flight movie Hostage Flight 1985 as Rita
11 Jerry Lewis - König der Komödianten movie Jerry Lewis - König der Komödianten 2006 as Ellen Betz/Herself
12 Panic on the 5:22 movie Panic on the 5:22 1974 as Countess Hedy Maria Tovarese
13 Run Like a Thief movie Run Like a Thief 1967 as Mona Shannon
14 Thats Adequate movie Thats Adequate 1989 as Sister Mary Enquirer
15 The 13th Annual Tony Awards movie The 13th Annual Tony Awards 1959 as Herself - Presenter
16 The Black Orchid movie The Black Orchid 1958 as Mary Valente
17 The Children of An Lac movie The Children of An Lac 1980 as Ina Balin
18 The Comancheros movie The Comancheros 1961 as Pilar Graile
19 The Comeback Trail movie The Comeback Trail 1982 as Julie Thomas
20 The Desperate Mission movie The Desperate Mission 1969 as Otilia Ruiz
21 The Don Is Dead movie The Don Is Dead 1973 as Nella
22 The Greatest Story Ever Told movie The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 as Martha of Bethany
23 The Immigrants movie The Immigrants 1978 as Maria Cassala
24 The Lonely Profession movie The Lonely Profession 1969 as Karen Menardos
25 The Patsy movie The Patsy 1964 as Ellen Betz
26 The Projectionist movie The Projectionist 1971 as The Girl
27 The Young Doctors movie The Young Doctors 1961 as Cathy Hunt
28 There Were Times, Dear movie There Were Times, Dear 1985 as Marsha
29 Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter movie Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter 1986 as Regine
30 Westinghouse Presents: Come Again to Carthage movie Westinghouse Presents: Come Again to Carthage 1961 as Regan
31 12 OClock High movie 12 OClock High 1964 as Mara Yellich
32 Adventures in Paradise movie Adventures in Paradise 1959 as Princess Sakindra
33 Airwolf movie Airwolf 1984 as Ingrid Kendall
34 Barnaby Jones movie Barnaby Jones 1973 as Laura Beecher
35 Battlestar Galactica movie Battlestar Galactica 1978 as Siress Tinia
36 Bonanza movie Bonanza 1959 as Sarah Reynolds
37 Cool Million movie Cool Million 1972 as Nagway
38 Get Smart movie Get Smart 1965 as Ann Ferris
39 Harry O movie Harry O 1973 as Sylvia Perrault
40 Hart to Hart movie Hart to Hart 1979 as Jae Turner
There is the list of some articles of Ina Balin:
  • "Los Angeles Times" (USA), 21 June 1990, by: Burt A. Folkart, "Ina Balin, 52; Movie and TV Actress Sought Lung Implant"
  • "Jewish Floridian" (USA), 21 October 1960, Vol. 33, Iss. 43, pg. 14-A, by: Herbert G. Luft, "Ina Balin Offers Her Views on the Minority"
The image of Rosenberg, Ina was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Life" (USA), 18 July 1960
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