Singer and actress Barbara McNair, who starred opposite Elvis Presley and Sidney Poitier and became one of the first black women to host her own television variety show, has died at 72, her husband said on Monday. McNair died on Sunday after a long battle with throat cancer, husband Charles Blecka told Reuters. McNair, who started singing in church as a girl, was still performing as recently as late last year.
Along with Mary Tyler Moore and Jane Elliott Barbara McNair played opposite Presley in his last movie, 1969's "Change of Habit." McNair, Moore and Elliott all played nuns and Presley portrayed a doctor.
Barbara McNair DiedFebruary 06, 2007 | People Source:Various
Viva wrote on February 06, 2007
What a great shame, certainly one of the better talents Elvis worked with on film.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on February 06, 2007
R.I.P. Barbara. This was one of Elvis' better films. Good soundtrack as such.
Steve V wrote on February 06, 2007
I met her 2 yrs ago after one of her concerts. A very nice lady. Real class act. RIP Barbara.
Renan Augusto wrote on February 06, 2007
potluck62 wrote on February 10, 2007
A class act.She will be missed.Rest in peace ,Barb