Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$ 45 million
Date Of BirthDecember 25, 1948
SpouseKen Dudney
FactHad an estate sale, auctioning her beloved 137-acre home (Fontanel), located near Downtown Nashville, for $2.1 million and selling a lot of her personal belongings. She, husband Ken Dudney, and their third child, Nathaniel Dudney, moved from the 27,000-square-foot estate to a 7,000-square-foot one located outside Nashville, Tennessee. [June 2002]


Who is Barbara Mandrell?

Barbara Mandrell is a two-time Grammy Award-winning American country music artist, as well as an actress who is perhaps best known for her hit singles “Years”, “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed” and “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” among plenty of others. Additionally, she is widely recognized for starring in the TV show “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters”.

Early Life and Education

Barbara Ann Mandrell was born under the zodiac sign of Capricorn on the 25th December 1948, in Houston, Texas, as the eldest daughter of Mary Ellen (née McGill) and Irby Matthew Mandrell.

In addition to being a homemaker and a police officer respectively, both her parents were also accomplished musicians, so it is no wonder that Barbara decided to follow their footsteps and make a name for herself in the music industry. She has two younger sisters, Thelma Louise Mandrell, born in 1954, and Ellen Irlene Mandrell, born in 1956, who are both musicians as well.

She attended Oceanside High School in California.

Childhood and Early Career

By the age of six, Barbara had already learnt to play accordion, while during the following years she also became skilled in steel guitar playing as well as a pedal and lap steel guitars, banjo and saxophone.

She was discovered by the RCA Records’ producer Chet Atkins at the music trade convention in Chicago when she was 12. This discovery led her to regularly perform with Joe Maphis within the Las Vegas’ nightclub circle in the following years, and soon after she began touring with some big names, such as Johnny Cash, Red Folex, Tex Ritter, and Patsy Cline who described her as ‘a 13-year-old blonde doll who plays the steel guitar out of this world’.

Alongside her two sisters and Ken Dudney as a drummer, with their parents as their managers, Barbara founded the Mandrell Family Band and began touring the States. In 1969 she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she signed a record deal with Columbia Records and launched her solo career.

Barbara Mandrell

Music Career

In 1970 Mandrell released the hit single entitled “Playin’ Around With Love”, which was followed by several commercially successful duets featuring David Houston. She caught wider audience attention in 1973 as the first cheating woman singing about it in a song called “The Midnight Oil”. In 1975 she signed a record deal with the ABC Records and began collaborating with the Grammy-nominated music producer Tom Collins. She then released hit singles such as “Standing Room Only”, “Married But Not to Each Other” as well as her 1978 US Billboard’s No. 1 “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed”.

In 1979 her single “Years” also peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard chart, while in 1980 she released a commercially successful studio album entitled “Love is Fair”.

In 1983, Barbara was honored with the prestigious Grammy Award for her song “He Set My Life to Music”. After a collaboration album with Lee Greenwood entitled “Meant for Each Other” in 1984, Mandrell released a hit single featuring Bobby Jones called “I’m So Glad We’re Standing Here Today”, for which she earned her second Grammy Award. However, in September 1984, at the peak of her career, she in a severe car crash, and suffered a broken thigh, knee and ankle as well as a temporary memory loss. After a year-and-a-half-long therapy and rehabilitation process, she was back on track.

Through the rest of the 1980s and the 1990s, in spite of the overall decrease of interest in country-pop, Barbara continued to sing, perform and record new albums of which some of the most successful ones are certainly “Sure Feels Good” (1987) and “I’ll Be Your Jukebox Tonight” (1988). Some of her best ranked singles from the same period include “No One Mends a Broken Heart Like You” and “I Wish That I Could Fall in Love Today”.

Mandrell‘s more recent releases include the 2001 album “Ultimate Collection”, and the 2016 studio album entitled “This Time I Almost Made It: The Lost Columbia Masters”.

In her prosperous and abundant music career, Barbara has been honored with numerous prestigious awards, including nine People’s Choice Awards, the Academy of Country Music Triple Crown Award as well as four Academy of Country Music Awards, and four Academy of Country Association Awards. In 1980 she was the third woman ever to receive the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award, and in 1982 she repeated the same success, becoming the first artist ever to win this award twice. All these accolades have made Barbara Mandrell one of the most rewarded country musicians, topped in 2009 when she was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Acting Career

In addition to her music career, Barbara has quite a notable on-screen career.

Her debut occurred in 1979 when she made a cameo appearance in an episode of “The Rockford Files” TV series, while her real acting debut came soon after when she starred in the Primetime Emmy-nominated TV movie “Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol”. To greater prominence she came in the early 1980s when she starred in the two-time Golden Globe-nominated TV show “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters“.

In the late 1990s, she appeared in “Baywatch” TV series after which she was cast for the recurring role of Alex Mitchum in the TV romance drama series “Sunset Beach”. Mandrell’s latest on-screen appearances occurred in 2000 in the TV movie “Stolen from the Heart”, and in an episode of the TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger”.

Personal Life

Right upon completing her secondary education, in May 1967 Barbara married Ken Dudney, who at the time was the drummer of her Mandrell Family Band. Over the years, the couple welcomed three children – a daughter Jaime born in 1976, and sons Matthew and Nathaniel, born in 1970 and 1985 respectively.

Net Worth

According to authoritative sources, it is estimated that, as of mid-2020, the total of Barbara Mandrell’s net worth figures around an incredible sum of $45 million. It has been primarily acquired through her over-four-decade-long career in the music industry, abundant with top rated singles and accolades, as well as through her endeavors within the movie-making industry.

General Info

Full NameBarbara Mandrell
Net Worth$ 45 million
Date Of BirthDecember 25, 1948
Height1.57 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor, Singer, Songwriter, I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool, Sleeping Single in a Double Bed, I've Been Loving You Too Long
EducationOceanside High School
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseKen Dudney
ChildrenJaime Dudney, Kenneth Matthew Dudney, Nathaniel Mandrell Dudney, I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool, Sleeping Single in a Double Bed, I've Been Loving You Too Long
ParentsMary Mandrell, Irby Mandrell, I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool, Sleeping Single in a Double Bed, I've Been Loving You Too Long
SiblingsLouise Mandrell, Irlene Mandrell, I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool, Sleeping Single in a Double Bed, I've Been Loving You Too Long

Accomplishments

AwardsCountry Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Triple Crown, P...
NominationsCountry Music Association Award for Single of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Vocal Duo of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, Academy of Country Music Award for Single Record of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Duo of the Year, Grammy Aw...
TV ShowsBarbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters

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Facts

#Fact
1Had an estate sale, auctioning her beloved 137-acre home (Fontanel), located near Downtown Nashville, for $2.1 million and selling a lot of her personal belongings. She, husband Ken Dudney, and their third child, Nathaniel Dudney, moved from the 27,000-square-foot estate to a 7,000-square-foot one located outside Nashville, Tennessee. [June 2002]
2Release of her autobiography, "Get to the Heart: My Story" by Barbara with George Vecsey. [1990]
3Ex-sister-in-law of R.C. Bannon.
4Daughter of Irby Mandrell and Mary Mandrell.
5She won Grammy Awards in 1982 and 1983 for her gospel recordings.
6Older sister of Louise Mandrell and Irlene Mandrell.
71998 - Retired from singing/performing to concentrate on an acting career.
8Other No. 1 Billboard hits included "(If Loving You is Wrong) I Don't Want to be Right" (1979); "Years" (1980); "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" (1981, duet with George Jones); "'Til You're Gone" (1982); and "One of a Kind, Pair of Fools" (1983).
9Her most famous hit was 1978's "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed," spending three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard magazine's country singles chart.
10Has had duet hits with fellow country performers David Houston "After Closing Time" (1970) and "I Love You, I Love You" (1974)) and Lee Greenwood ("To Me" (1984)).
11Son Matthew briefly went to Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.
12Was involved in major automobile accident with two of her children in 1984. It wasn't until her autobiography, Get to the Heart: My Story, was published in 1990 that fans found out how critical Barbara's condition was after her September 11, 1984, automobile accident. Barbara suffered a severe head injury (she was in intensive care for several days), a broken right leg, a broken right ankle, damaged right knee and various cuts and bruises. It took her 18 months to fully recover.
13Mother of Matthew Dudney (b. 1970), Jaime Dudney (b. 1976) and Nathaniel Dudney (b. 1985).

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walker, Texas Ranger2000TV SeriesNicole Foley
Stolen from the Heart2000TV MovieRuth Wagner
The Wrong Girl1999TV MovieAngela Fischer
Love Boat: The Next Wave1998TV SeriesAndrea
Touched by an Angel1996-1998TV SeriesAda Dobbin Terri Hayman
Sunset Beach1997-1998TV SeriesAlex Mitchum
Diagnosis Murder1997TV SeriesBetty Manning
Baywatch1997TV SeriesCassie Cole
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman1996TV SeriesGilda St. Clair
The Commish1994TV SeriesDr. Gloria Cutler
Empty Nest1993TV SeriesEllen
Burning Rage1984TV MovieKate Bishop
Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol1979TV MovieEmmy
The Rockford Files1979TV SeriesBarbara Mandrell

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Opry Video Classics: Duets2007Video performer: "After Closing Time"
Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary1996TV Special performer: "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool", "I Saw The Light"
Dolly1988TV Series performer - 1 episode
Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters1980TV Series performer - 1 episode
14th Annual Music City News Awards1980TV Special performer: "You Can Eat Crackers In My Bed Anytime"
The Rockford Files1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
Country Superstars of the 70s1979TV Movie performer: "Country Is"
13th Annual Music City News Awards1979TV Special performer: "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right"
Country Music1972performer: "Tonight My Baby's Coming Home"

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story1997TV Movie co-executive producer
Barbara Mandrell's Christmas: A Family Reunion1986TV Movie producer
Barbara Mandrell: Something Special1985TV Movie producer
Barbara Mandrell: The Lady Is a Champ1983TV Movie documentary producer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story1997TV Movie book "Get To the Heart: My Story"

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 50th Annual CMA Awards2016TV MovieHerself
CMT Insider2009TV SeriesHerself
Marty Robbins: Music Anthology2008VideoHerself
2007 CMT Music Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
CMT Giants2006TV SeriesHerself
40th Annual Country Music Association Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
CMA Red Carpet 20062006TV MovieHerself
Access Hollywood2006TV SeriesHerself
Master Series2006TV SeriesHerself
Biography2001-2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Marty Robbins: Seems Like Yesterday2006DocumentaryHerself
Larry King Live2005TV SeriesHerself
American Revolutions: Country Comedy2005TV SpecialHerself
We Shall Behold Him: A Tribute to Dottie Rambo2003VideoHerself - Host
Wheel of Fortune2003TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
CMT: 40 Greatest Women of Country Music2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 700 Club2002TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHerself
36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHerself
The 33rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Memorial Service1998TV MovieHerself
Barbara Mandrell and the Do-Rites: The Last Dance1998TV MovieHerself
Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story1997TV MovieHerself
Barbara Mandrell: Steppin Out1996TV MovieHerself
Opryland's Country Christmas1996TV SpecialHerself
The Grand Ole Opry Musical Salute to Minnie Pearl1996TV MovieHerself
The 31st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary1996TV SpecialHerself
The 22nd Annual American Music Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
The Life and Times of Marty Robbins1995TV MovieHerself
The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favorite Female Country Musical Performer
The 21st Annual American Music Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The Ultimate Driving Challenge1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
Legend to Legend Night: A Celebrity Cavalcade1993TV SpecialHerself
Kathie Lee Gifford's Celebration of Motherhood1993TV MovieHerself
Family Feud1993TV Series
Hot Country Nights1992TV SeriesHerself
Great American Celebration1991TV MovieHerself
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Salute to Our Troops1991TV MovieHerself
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Host
24th Annual Country Music Association Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Hee Haw1972-1990TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Host / Herself - Special Guest
Seriously... Phil Collins1990TV MovieHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1990TV SeriesHerself
An All Star Salute to Country Music1990TV MovieHerself - Host
The 17th Annual American Music Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
Circus of the Stars #141989TV Special documentaryHerself - Ringmaster
Bob Hope's Easter Vacation in the Bahamas1989TV MovieHerself
22nd Annual Country Music Association Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Hour Magazine1988TV SeriesHerself
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHerself - Host and Co-Presenter: Favourite Male Television Performer
America's Tribute to Bob Hope1988TV Movie documentaryHerself
Opryland Celebrates 200 Years of American Music1988TV MovieHerself - Hostess
Dolly1988TV SeriesHerself
The 15th Annual American Music Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Host
Bob Hopes High-Flying Birthday Extravaganza1987TV MovieHerself
This Is Your Life1987TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Performer and Winner: Favourite All Around Female Entertainer
Kraft Salutes Super Night at the Super Bowl1987TV MovieHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1983-1986TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest Host
20th Annual Music City News Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
America Votes the #1 Song1986TV MovieHerself - Host
Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday1986TV MovieHerself
Barbara Mandrell's Christmas: A Family Reunion1986TV MovieHerself
The 11th Annual People's Choice Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Favourite Female Musical Performer / Favourite All-Arounf Female Entertainer
The 12th Annual American Music Awards1985TV SpecialHerself
Give Me a Reason to Live with Barbara Mandrell1985TV MovieHerself
Barbara Mandrell: Something Special1985TV MovieHerself - Host
Elvis: Memories1985Video documentaryHerself
On Stage America1984TV SeriesHerself
The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Favourite All Around Female Performer
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 114th Edition1984TV MovieHerself - Host
The 11th Annual American Music Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Barbara Mandrell: The Lady Is a Champ1983TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host / Performer
Salute!1983TV SeriesHerself
Happy Birthday, Bob!1983TV SpecialHerself
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Favourite All Around Female Entertainer
The 10th Annual American Music Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
17th Annual Country Music Association Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
Ray Charles: A Man & His Soul1983TV MovieHerself
Country Gold1982TV MovieHerself
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Favourite All Around Female Entertainer
Roy Acuff... 50 Years the King of Country Music1982TV SpecialHerself
Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters1980-1982TV SeriesHerself - Host
The 24th Annual Grammy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself
The American Music Awards1982TV SpecialHerself
People of the Year1982TV MovieHerself
Stand Up and Cheer for the National Football League's Sixtieth Year1981TV SpecialHerself
Oral Roberts Celebration1981TV MovieHerself
Good Evening, Captain1981TV SpecialHerself
All-Star Salute to Mother's Day1981TV SpecialHerself
Battle of the Network Stars X1981TV SpecialHerself - NBC Team Captain
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself
The Bob Hope Funny Valentine Special1981TV SpecialHerself
The 8th Annual American Music Awards1981TV SpecialHerself
The Nashville Palace1980TV SeriesHerself
John Schneider: Back Home1980TV SpecialHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1980TV SeriesHerself - Country Vocalist / Herself / Herself - Co-Host
14th Annual Music City News Awards1980TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Birthday Party at the Air Force Academy: A USO Salute1980TV SpecialHerself
The Hollywood Squares1980TV SeriesHerself
The Tim Conway Show1980TV SeriesHerself
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards1980TV SpecialHerself
The Lawrence Welk Show1980TV SeriesHerself
Nashville Remembers Elvis on His Birthday1980TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
Merry Christmas from the Grand Ole Opry1979TV MovieHerself - Singer
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHerself
Concrete Cowboys1979TV SeriesHerself
Country Superstars of the 70s1979TV MovieHerself
13th Annual Country Music Association Awards1979TV SpecialHerself
13th Annual Music City News Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Host
Dinah!1975-1979TV SeriesHerself
The 21st Annual Grammy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself
The Country Western Murders1979TV MovieHerself
The 6th Annual American Music Awards1979TV SpecialHerself
Nashville on the Road1978-1979TV SeriesHerself - Performer / Herself - Guest
Sha Na Na1979TV SeriesHerself
Lucy Comes to Nashville1978TV SpecialHerself
Hee Haw Honeys1978TV SeriesHerself
12th Annual Music City News Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Happy Birthday, Bob1978TV SpecialHerself
Jamboree in the Hills1978TV MovieHerself
8th Annual Country Music Association Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Mel Tillis Time1974TV SeriesHerself
Country Music1972Herself
That Good Ole Nashville Music1970TV SeriesHerself - Guest Performer

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crook & Chase2009TV SeriesHerself
Opry Video Classics: Duets2007VideoHerself
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Life and Times of the Women of Country1999TV MovieHerself
The Women of Country1993TV MovieHerself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2007Inductee - FallMusic City Walk Of Fame
1982People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite All-Around Female Entertainer
1982People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Female TV Performer

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Singing SiblingsBarbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (1980)
1982Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalBarbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (1980)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

2 Comments

  1. JOHN MILLER Reply

    We miss Barbara and her sisters on TV. That was a good .NO>>>GREAT family show. To bad we all get older LOL

  2. I think Barbara Mandrell is the greatest entertainer in the world . I have all of her albums plus her variety show on DVDs . She is a very down to earth person. I texted her and asked her how I could get an autographed photo of her, and she texted back ” send me your physical address. I did and she sent me the most beautiful photo I have ever seen. She ‘s the best and I miss seeing her perform but I do hope she is enjoying her retirement she deserves the rest and to be able to live a normal life with Ken and her children or maybe even grandchildren if she has any. Take care Barbara , we love you.

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