|Balzac, Honore De|
|Hofmansthal, Hugo von|
|Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de|
|Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de|
Barbara is a fifth generation Californian, born in Santa Monica. Her father's career involved almost yearly transfers, so she spent most of her childhood moving with her family from place to place throughout the Southwest. She was extremely fortunate in that, no matter what school she was attending, her teachers were always the finest and encouraged her in her writing. She wrote her first novel, a poodle-eye view of life, when she was in sixth grade. But she wanted to be an actress, and when she was old enough to leave home, she came to Los Angeles to pursue a career. She achieved moderate success in film and television, but realized finally that, while acting was more fun, writing was much more satisfying, more an expression of herself, so she laid acting aside and began to write more seriously.
Her first full length play, Free, won the New York Drama League's national playwriting award in 1989 and was subsequently produced in London. Since then she has had over twenty play productions by theatres in California and New York and even in more unexpected places, such as West Virginia and Wisconsin. She also co-wrote an independent film, Random Shooting In L.A., which was produced by Filmmakers Foundation in 1996. She is a founding member of the Golden West Playwrights, a group of dedicated and talented writers who among them have earned such distinctions as an Emmy nomination, A Heideman Award, A Chesterfield Fellowship, and an Academy Award.