How Time Flies: Barbara Feldon is 78 This Week

Barbara Feldon will be 78 later this week.

It doesn’t seem possible that Barbara Feldon, of Get Smart fame, will be 78 on Saturday of this week. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 12, 1933.

An early claim to fame for Feldon, was when she won the grand prize, on the $64,000 Question in 1957, in the William Shakepeare category.

Feldon made her television in 1964 in East Side/West Side. She appeared in many television series, as a free lance actress,  before garnering the role of Agent 99, in Get Smart which ran from 1965-1970.

It was a major accomplishment for Feldon to co-star with Don Adams, in Get Smart in only her second year, of acting in television.

After the show left the air in 1970, she acted mostly in television series, and television movies, and acted in very few theatrical releases.

25 years after the original Get Smart series aired,  the show was brought back in 1995, but only lasted for seven episodes, before being canceled. By then Don Adams was 72, and Felton was 62 which may be the reason the show didn’t catch on again.

Feldon had only five more acting jobs in the last 16 years, since the early demise of the second Get Smart.

This comment by Feldon shows she looks on her years as Agent 99 with fondness and doesn’t resent a fan mentioning it to her:

“There’s not a day when somebody doesn’t smile and say, ‘Oh, you’re Agent 99.’ I like being in a world that regards me in a friendly way.” Interview with Toby Kahn, 1983.  – Internet Movie Database

Barbara Feldon at the 2008 TV Land Awards program.

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Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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