A curvaceous, dark-haired WWII pin-up beauty (aka "The Woo Woo Girl" and"The Girl with the Million Dollar Figure"), "B" film star Lynn Bari hadthe requisite looks and talent but few of the lucky breaks needed topenetrate the "A" rankings during her extensive Hollywood career. Nevertheless, some worthy performances of hers stand out in late-nightviewings. She was born with the elite-sounding name of Margaret Schuyler Fisher onDecember 18, 1913 (various sources also list 1915, 1917 and 1919), inRoanoke, Virginia. She and her younger brother, John, moved with theirmother to Boston following the death of their father in 1926.
Hermother remarried, this time to a minister, and the family relocatedonce again when her stepfather was assigned a ministry in California(the Institute of Religious Science in Los Angeles). Paying her dues for years as a snappy bit-part chorine, secretary, partygirl and/or glorified extra while being groomed as a starlet undercontract to MGM and Fox, her first released film was the MGM comedy Meet the Baron (1933) , in which she provided typical windowdressing as a collegiate. For the next few years there was littlegrowth at either studio, as she was usually standing amidst others incrowd scenes and looking excited. Finally in Lancer Spy (1937) ,she received her first billing on screen for a minor part as "MissFenwick". Though more bit parts were to dribble in, the year 1938proved to be her breakthrough year.
She finally gained some groundplaying the "other woman" role in glossy soaps and musicals, firstgiving 'Barbara Stanwyck' some trouble in Always Goodbye (1938) . Fox Studios finally handed her some smart co-leads and top supports insuch second-tier films as Return of the Cisco Kid (1939) , Pack Up Your Troubles (1939) , Hotel for Women (1939) , and Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) . Anxiously waiting for "the big one",she made do with her strong looks, tending toward unsympathetic parts. She enjoyed the attention she received playing disparaging societyladies, divas, villainesses, and even a strong-willed prairie flower insuch films as Pier 13 (1940) , Earthbound (1940) , Kit Carson (1940) , and Sun Valley Serenade (1941) , butthey did little to advance her in the ranks. The very best role of her frisky career came with the grade "A" comedy The Magnificent Dope (1942) , in which she shared top billingwith 'Henry Fonda' and 'Don Ameche' .
But good roles were hardto find in Lynn's case, and she good-naturedly took whatever was givenher. Other above-average movies (she appeared in well over 150) of thisperiod came with China Girl (1942) , Hello Frisco, Hello (1943) , The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944) , and Nocturne (1946) . With diminishing offers for film parts by the 1950s, she started leaningheavily towards stage and TV work. She continued her career until thelate '60s and then retired. Her last work included the film The Young Runaways (1968) and TV episodes of "The Girl fromU.
N. C. L. E. " and "The F.
B. I. " Divorced three times in all, husband #2was volatile manager/producer 'Sidney Luft' , better known as'Judy Garland' 's hubby years later, who was the father of her onlychild. Her third husband was a doctor/psychiatrist, and she worked ashis nurse for quite some time. They divorced in 1972.
Plagued byarthritis in later years, Bari passed away from heart problems onNovember 20, 1989. Although she may have been labeled a "B" leadinglady, she definitely was in the "A" ranks when it came to class andbeauty. .
|1||Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops||1955||as Leota Van Cleef|
|2||Captain Eddie||1945||as Adelaide Frost Rickenbacker|
|3||Charlie Chan in Shanghai||1935||as Second Hotel Switchboard Operator|
|4||Fifteen Maiden Lane||1936||as Crowd Scene Participant|
|5||Francis Joins the WACS||1954||as Maj. Louise Simpson|
|6||Gentle Julia||1936||as Young Lady Outside Church/Jealous Girl at Dance|
|7||Has Anybody Seen My Gal||1952||as Harriet Blaisdell|
|8||Id Climb the Highest Mountain||1951||as Mrs. Billywith|
|9||Love Is News||1937||as 'Babe' - Switchboard Operator|
|10||Man from Texas||1948||as Zee Simms, alias Zee Heath|
|11||On the Avenue||1937||as Chorus Girl/Mrs. Mary Jackson|
|12||Orchids to You||1935||as Southern Belle Shop Patron|
|13||Search for Beauty||1934||as Beauty Contestant Entrant|
|14||Sing, Baby, Sing||1936||as Hotel Telephone Operator|
|15||The Bridge of San Luis Rey||1944||as Michaela Villegas|
|16||The Great Hotel Murder||1935||as Wilson's Receptionist|
|17||The Night Before the Divorce||1942||as Lynn Nordyke|
|18||This Is My Affair||1937||as Party Guest with Keller|
|19||Wee Willie Winkie||1937||as Crowd Scene Participant|
|20||Screen Directors Playhouse||1955||as Hattie Mae Warren|
|21||#10 Raise||1935||as Secretary|
|22||36 Hours to Kill||1936||as Traveler|
|23||365 Nights in Hollywood||1934||as Showgirl|
|24||45 Fathers||1937||as Telephone Operator|
|25||Ali Baba Goes to Town||1937||as Harem Girl|
|26||Always Goodbye||1938||as Jessica Reid|
|27||Battle of Broadway||1938||as Marjorie Clark|
|28||Blood and Sand||1941||as Encarnacion|
|29||Bottoms Up||1934||as Chorine|
|30||Café Metropole||1937||as Cafe Patron|
|31||Caravan||1934||as Blonde Gypsy Girl at Inn|
|32||Charlie Chan in Paris||1935||as Club Patron|
|33||Charter Pilot||1940||as Marge Duncan|
|34||Chasing Danger||1939||as Renée Claire|
|35||China Girl||1942||as Captain Fifi|
|36||City Girl||1938||as Waitress|
|37||City in Darkness||1939||as Marie Dubon|
|38||City of Chance||1940||as Julie Reynolds|
|39||Coming-Out Party||1934||as Party Guest|
|40||Crack-Up||1936||as Office Worker|