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"What about the old double door deception trick? It just might work."

- as Agent 99 from Get Smart (1968)

BARBARA FELDON

It would appear that Agent 99 got some of her early spy training from The United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Feldon appeared in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. "The Never-Never Affair" in 1965.

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".

Then she was cast as "Agent 99" in the spy comedy series Get Smart opposite Don Adams. She played the role for the duration of the show's production from 1965 until 1970, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1968 and 1969. Feldon/99 was also featured in a pop-art quad-portrait done in 1965 by Andy Warhol.

Feldon was married to the "Get Smart" series producer Burt Nodella in 1968 during the original run of the series.

Long after "Get Smart" had ended its series run in 1970, she enjoyed a very successful TV commercial voice-over career, which lasted well into the 80s and made appearances on Cheers and Mad About You. Her feature film credits include as Fitzwilly (1967 with Dick Van Dyke), Smile (1975) and No Deposit, No Return (1976).

Feldon wrote a self-help book in 2003 called "Living Alone and Loving It".

    Selected Barbara Feldon TVography

12 O'Clock High

- End of the Line (1965)

America 2-Night

- Jason Shine (1978)

Cheers

- Sam Time Next Year (1991)

East Side/West Side

- The Street (1964)
- The Beatnik and the Politician (1964)

Flipper

- Lady and the Dolphin: Part 1 and 2 (1964)

Get Smart

- series regular: 99

Get Smart (1995)

- series regular: 99

The Jerry Lewis Show

- Guest on Episode #1.5 (1967)

Medical Center

- Between 2 Fires (1973)

McMillan & Wife

- Freefall to Terror (1973)

Mad About You

- The Spy Who Loved Me (1993)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

- The Never-Never Affair (1965)

Mr. Broadway

- Try to Find a Spy (1964)

The Name of the Game

- Cynthia Is Alive and Living in Avalon (1970)

The Nurses

- Hildie (1964)

The Red Skelton Show

- People Who Like People Are Cannibals (1970)

Search

- In Search of Midas

The Tim Conway Comedy Hour

- Guest on Episode #1.2 (1970)

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