Barbara Feldon (born March
12, 1933) is an American actress who works mostly in the theatre but
is primarily known for her roles on television.
Feldon was born Barbara
Anne Hall in Butler, Pennsylvania, and trained at Pittsburgh
Playhouse. She graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now
Carnegie Mellon University) in 1955, with a Bachelor of Arts in drama.
In 1957, Feldon won the
grand prize on The $64,000 Question in the category of William Shakespeare.
Following some work as a
model, Feldon's break came in the form of a popular and much parodied
television commercial for "Top Brass," a hair pomade for
men. Lounging languidly on an animal print rug, she purred at the
camera, addressing the male viewers as "tigers."
In the 1960s, she made
appearances on Twelve O'Clock High, Lorne Greene's Griff, Rowan &
Martin's Laugh-In and Flipper. In 1964, she appeared with Simon
Oakland in the episode "Try to Find a Spy" of CBS's
short-lived drama Mr. Broadway. In 1965 she appeared in an episode of
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. "The Never-Never Affair".