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- 1 Where is Barbi Benton now? Is she alive? Wiki Bio
- 2 Early life and education
- 3 Career as a model and musician
- 4 Film appearances
- 5 Roles in TV series
- 6 Love life and husband
- 7 Hobbies and other interests
- 8 Appearance and net worth
- 9 General Info
- 10 Family
- 11 Accomplishments
- 12 Social profile links
- 13 Quotes
- 14 Facts
- 15 Pictures
- 16 Movies
- 17 Awards
Where is Barbi Benton now? Is she alive? Wiki Bio
Barbara Lynn Klein was born on 28 January 1950, in New York City USA, so her zodiac sign is Aquarius and she holds American nationality. She is a model, singer, and an actress, best known from posing for the magazine “Playboy”, as well as for portraying a recurring character in the comedy show “Hee Haw”. Although there are rumors circulating the internet about Barbi being dead, she is now leading a peaceful life with her husband in Los Angeles, California.
Early life and education
Barbi was raised as a single child in Sacramento by her Jewish parents – her mother was an investment counselor, while her father worked at a private clinic as a gynecologist.
She grew up being interested in modelling and acting, often watching TV series with her mother; she studied at Rio Americano High School where she was very active learning to play a variety of sports mostly being focused on scuba diving and playing the piano. She practiced her modelling skills while attending too, and upon matriculation enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied to become a veterinarian, but decided to quit after realizing she gets sick whenever she sees blood.
Career as a model and musician
Barbi launched her career while attending 10th grade, and as soon as she turned 18 she was invited to appear in the TV show “Playboy After Dark”.
Hugh Hefner, the late owner of the magazine “Playboy”, had a crush on Barbi, promoted her to become a co-host of “Playboy After Dark”, and asked her out on a date. Barbi accepted even though unsure about their age difference as Hugh was 42, but they dated for several years while Barbi was appearing in many issues of “Playboy”, and in their shows. It was Hugh who told Barbi to change her name from Barbara Lynn Klein to Barbi Benton.
She was the cover girl of four issues of “Playboy” in 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1985, while she also posed nude twice in 1973 and 1975.
Barbi is also a musician, and has released eight albums with her first being “Barbi Doll” in 1975, followed by “Barbi Benton” in the same year. Among her most notable albums are “Something New” which came out in 1976, “Ain’t That Just the Way” in 1978, and “Kinetic Voyage” which was released in 1988. Barbi is known to have composed the songs she sang, and also played the piano – one of her most popular songs is “Ain’t That Just the Way” which was a huge hit in Sweden.
Barbi made her debut film appearance in the German movie “The Naughty Cheerleader” (“Mir hat es immer Spaß gemacht”) in 1970, which was followed by roles in the satirical comedy “The Great American Beauty Contest” and in the drama film “The Third Girl from the Left” both released in 1973.
She appeared in only three other movies, “For the Love of It” in 1980, “Hospital Massacre” in 1982, and “Deathstalker” in 1983.
Roles in TV series
Barbi made her debut TV show appearance in “Playboy After Dark” in 1968, followed by her guest appearances in “Hee Haw” and “The Sonny & Cher Show” in 1969. She portrayed Liz in a single episode of “Marcus Welby, M.D.” in 1972, followed by roles in “The Midnight Special” in 1973, and in “American Bandstand” and “McCloud” in 1975.
She was invited to guest star in “The Bobby Vinton Show” in 1976, and then portrayed Maxx Douglas in “Sugar Time!” in 1977, while she gained recognition after playing eight different characters in the series “Fantasy Island” between 1978 and 1982.
Concurrently she portrayed four characters in “The Love Boat” from 1978 to 1981, and during those years she also appeared in a single episode of many series and shows, such as “America 2Night”, “The Hollywood Squares”, and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”.
She served as a co-host of the game show “Tattletales” from 1982 to 1984, and then worked on two other game shows “The Match Game” and “Hollywood Squares”. Barbi appeared as Ava Randolph in a single episode of “Matt Houston” in 1983, and was then praised for her portrayal of Susan Lancaster in “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” in 1984. She continued appearing in single episodes of many TV series, including “Safe at Home”, “Murder, She Wrote”, and “Riptide”.
Barbi had two of her own shows in 1990, entitled “Barbi Benton Presents: Best Buns on the Beach” and “Barbi Benton Presents: Stripper of the Year”, but these were not that popular. She appeared in two documentary series – “Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time” in 1992, and “Playboy: The Party Continues” in 2000, followed by the miniseries “Playboy’s 50th Anniversary” in 2002.
A few of Barbi’s most recent appearances in TV series have been in “The E! True Hollywood Story – Hugh Hefner: Girlfriends, Wives, and Centerfolds” in 2006, “Extreme Cribs: Episode 5” in 2011, and “Million Dollar Rooms” in 2012.
Love life and husband
Barbi dated her high school sweetheart for two years, but split when he decided to continue studying at college while Barbi dropped out to become a model. She went on to date several men for no more than several months, and then began dating Hugh Hefner in 1969, which lasted until 1976. She met George Gradow, a real estate developer and an actor, in 1976 and they dated for over three years before marrying at a small ceremony held in Los Angeles on 14 October 1979. Barbi gave birth to their son Alexander on 23 August 1986, while their daughter Ariana followed on 13 July 1988. Alexander and Ariana both left home when they were 18, and have followed in their father’s footsteps with Alex becoming a businessman and Ariana a real estate agent.
Barbi and George have homes in Los Angeles, California and Aspen, Colorado.
Hobbies and other interests
Barbi has been interested in all kinds of art since she was a teenager, including painting and sculpting, while she was also interested in designing exteriors and interiors. She began learning about interior decorating in the ‘90s and then became a licensed interior decorator in 2002. Although a lover of animals, Barbi enjoyed wearing fur coats and believed that the animals which were killed for their fur wouldn’t have even been born if people did not want them for their fur – she was widely criticized for her opinion.
She was exercising on a daily basis, and had four to five training sessions at the gym until her late 40s. Barbi also followed a strict diet which was important for her modelling career, while she has continued eating healthy foods to this day. Barbi has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are James Stewart, Paul Newman and Grace Kelly, while some of her favorite movies include “To Catch a Thief”, “Dial M for Murder”, and “The Country Girl”.
Appearance and net worth
Barbi is 70 years old. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall, and weighs around 112lbs (51kgs). As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $20 million.
|Full Name||Barbi Benton|
|Net Worth||$20 million|
|Date Of Birth||January 28, 1950|
|Profession||Pin-up model, Interior designer, Actor, Singer|
|Education||Rio Americano High School|
|Children||Ariana Gradow, Alexander Benton Gradow|
|Awards||TV Land Entertainer Award|
|Nominations||Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year|
|Movies||Deathstalker, Hospital Massacre, The Third Girl from the Left, The Great American Beauty Contest, How Did a Nice Girl Like You Get Into This Business?|
|TV Shows||Hee Haw, Sugar Time!, Playboy After Dark|
|1||I believe that mink are raised for being turned into fur coats and if we didn't wear fur coats those little animals would never have been born. So is it better not to have been born or to have lived for a year or two to have been turned into a fur coat? I don't know.|
|1||Has became an Interior Decorator |
|2||Barbi recorded and released four albums for Playboy Records in the 1970's.|
|3||Her husband, George Gradow, is a real estate developer.|
|4||Her father was a military doctor and later physician.|
|5||Her first TV appearances were on the syndicated show, Playboy After Dark (1969), where she functioned as beau Hugh M. Hefner's co-host/sidekick.|
|6||Moved to Los Angeles when she was 16 and found some jobs modeling. Barbi met and started a relationship with Hugh M. Hefner in 1968, when she was only 18 years old. Hef was 42.|
|7||Is portrayed by Rebecca Herbst in Hefner: Unauthorized (1999)|
|8||Despite her love liaison with Playboy Magazine's Hugh M. Hefner, Benton never was a Playmate of the Month, though she did appear on some covers and in various pictorials|
|9||She recorded country and pop albums.|
|10||Has a son Alexander Benton Gradow (b. August 23, 1986) and a daughter, Ariana Gradow (b. 1988), with husband George Gradow.|
|11||Father is a doctor in Carmichael, California.|
|12||At least two spreads in Playboy.|
|13||(1969-1976) Lived with Hugh M. Hefner|
|The Love Boat||1978-1987||TV Series||Kiki Atwood, Spoiled Rich Girl / Barbi Benton / Cathy Somms / ...|
|Riptide||1986||TV Series||Gina Potter|
|Murder, She Wrote||1986||TV Series||Nurse Sue Beth|
|The New Mike Hammer||1984||TV Series||Susan Lancaster|
|Fox Mystery Theater||1984||TV Series||Caroline Trent|
|Matt Houston||1983||TV Series||Ava|
|Fantasy Island||1978-1982||TV Series||Courtney / Miss Winslow / Joan Michaels / ...|
|The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo||1981||TV Series||Kitty Rhinestone|
|Charlie's Angels||1980||TV Series||Toni Green|
|For the Love of It||1980||TV Movie||Anita|
|When the Whistle Blows||1980||TV Series||Dixie Lee Griffin|
|Flying High||1979||TV Series||Joan|
|Sugar Time!||1977-1978||TV Series||Maxx Douglas|
|McCloud||1975||TV Series||Shannon Forbes|
|The Third Girl from the Left||1973||TV Movie||Melanie|
|The Great American Beauty Contest||1973||TV Movie||Miss Iowa|
|Marcus Welby, M.D.||1972||TV Series||Liz|
|Mir hat es immer Spaß gemacht||1970||Lynn Keefe (as Barbara Benton)|
|The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo||1981||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|The Sonny and Cher Show||1977||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|McCloud||1975||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|Q N' A with Mikki and Shay||2014||TV Series||Herself|
|America's Book of Secrets||2012||TV Series||Herself|
|The Girls Next Door||2005-2009||TV Series||Herself - Hef's Former Girlfriend / Herself - Hef's Ex-Girlfriend|
|The 5th Annual TV Land Awards||2007||TV Special||Herself - Winner ("Entertainers Award")|
|E! True Hollywood Story||2006||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|Playboy: Celebrity Centerfolds||2006||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|When Playboy Ruled the World||2004||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration||2003||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion||2002||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|VH-1 Where Are They Now?||2000||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|Hugh Hefner: American Playboy Revisited||1998||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time||1992||Documentary||Herself|
|The Starlight Annual Foundation Benefit||1986||TV Movie||Herself|
|The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly||1985||TV Movie||Herself|
|The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team||1984||TV Movie||Herself - Performer|
|Pete's Place||1983||TV Series||Herself (1983)|
|Lou Rawls Parade of Stars||1983||TV Series||Herself|
|Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour||1983||TV Series||Herself|
|Hee Haw||1972-1983||TV Series||Herself / Herself - Featured Singer|
|Circus of the Stars #7||1982||TV Special documentary||Herself - Trapeze Artist|
|Magic with the Stars||1982||TV Movie||Herself|
|The Alan Thicke Show||1980-1981||TV Series||Herself|
|The 8th Annual American Music Awards||1981||TV Special||Herself|
|Circus of the Stars #5||1980||TV Special documentary||Herself|
|Men Who Rate a 10||1980||TV Special||Herself|
|Horas doradas||1980||TV Series||Herself|
|The Hollywood Squares||1978-1980||TV Series||Guest Appearance|
|The Mike Douglas Show||1975-1980||TV Series||Herself - Singer / Actress / Herself - Ex-Playboy Bunny|
|The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||1974-1980||TV Series||Herself / Herself - Guest|
|Circus of the Stars #4||1979||TV Special documentary||Herself - Performer|
|Sha Na Na||1979||TV Series||Herself|
|Barbi Doll for Christmas||1978||TV Movie||Herself - Host / Performer|
|America 2-Night||1978||TV Series||Herself|
|Murder at the Mardi Gras||1978||TV Movie||Herself|
|The 5th Annual American Music Awards||1978||TV Special||Herself|
|The Sonny and Cher Show||1977||TV Series||Herself / Various Characters|
|The Norman Gunston Show||1975||TV Series||Herself|
|New American Bandstand 1965||1975||TV Series||Herself|
|Nashville on the Road||1975||TV Series||Herself|
|The David Frost Show||1970||TV Series||Herself|
|Treffpunkt Airport||1969||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|Playboy After Dark||1969||TV Series||Herself|
|Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel||2009||Documentary||Herself (uncredited)|
|The Girls Next Door||2005-2006||TV Series||Herself|
|The Hee Haw Collection, Vol. 5||2006||Video||Herself|
|Playboy: The Party Continues||2000||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|2007||Entertainer's Award||TV Land Awards||Hee Haw (1969)|
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia