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"This is the most beautiful mission I've ever been on!"

- as Cinnamon Carter on Mission: Impossible (1966)

Barbara Bain was the first actress in the history of television to be awarded three consecutive Emmy Awards in 1967, 1968, and 1969 for playing Cinnamon Carter on Mission: Impossible.

Barbara Bain (born September 13th, 1931) is an American film and television actress. Bain was born Millicent Fogel in Chicago, the daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Developing an interest in dance, she moved to New York City, where she studied alongside Martha Graham. Dissatisfied with her career as a dancer, she went into modeling; jobs with Vogue, Harper's and other publications followed.

Still uninspired, however, Bain entered the Theater Studio to study acting; first under Curt Conway, then Lonny Chapman. Progressing to the Actors Studio, she was instructed by Lee Strasberg.

Bain's first acting role was in Paddy Chayevsky's play Middle of the Night, which embarked on a national tour in October 1957. Accompanying Bain was fellow actor and newly acquired husband Martin Landau; the final leg of the tour brought the couple to Los Angeles, where they settled permanently. After relocating, Bain established herself at the Actors Studio West, where she continues to teach classes and perform scene work.

Bain's earliest TV appearances included CBS's Tightrope, with Mike Connors, and three ABC series: The Law and Mr. Jones with James Whitmore, Adventures in Paradise with Gardner McKay, and Straightaway with Brian Kelly and John Ashley. She guest-starred as Madelyn Terry in a 1960 episode of Perry Mason, "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter", and in 1964 played the role of Elayna Scott in "The Case of the Nautical Knot". In 1965 Bain guest starred on the Get Smart episode KAOS in CONTROL

Between 1966 and 1969, Bain appeared, alongside her then husband, Martin Landau, in the starring role of Cinnamon Carter (one of the best TV character names ever) in Mission: Impossible; she also starred as the character (right) in a 1997 episode of Diagnosis: Murder. For Mission: Impossible she won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Dramatic Actress for her performance in 1967, 1968 and 1969, in addition to a Golden Globe Award nomination in 1968.

She starred opposite Landau again in the science-fiction TV series Space: 1999 (1975–77), as Dr. Helena Russell (below left), and the made-for-TV film The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981). Bain also appeared in The Dick Van Dyke Show, in the episode "Will You Two Be My Wife?", and My So-Called Life, playing the main character Angela Chase's grandmother in one episode. Other appearances include "Matroyoshka", an episode of the 1990s science-fiction series Millennium.

In 1998, Bain was a special guest star in the Walker, Texas Ranger episode "Saving Grace", as the Mother Superior. In 2006, she had a minor role in one episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ("Living Legends"). In 2008, co-starring with her daughter Juliet Landau, Bain voiced the character of Verdona Tennyson in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", an episode of Ben 10: Alien Force.

Bain married actor Martin Landau in 1957; they divorced in 1993. The couple had two daughters, actress Juliet Landau and film producer Susan Bain Landau Finch (born Susan Meredith Landau). Daughter Juliet Rose Landau (born March 30th, 1965) is an American actress and ballerina best known for her role as Drusilla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff show Angel, the latter appearance earning her a Saturn Award nomination. She also co-starring as Loretta King in Tim Burton's Ed Wood along with her father Martin Landau. Juliet Landau also plays the Time Lord Romana in the Big Finish Productions audio dramas Gallifrey VI and Luna Romana (2013), both of which are spin-offs from the TV series Doctor Who.

Bain was presented with the California Lottery's "Hero in Education" Award by actor Kurtwood Smith on "The Big Spin" show on December 18th, 2004. The award was for creating an all-volunteer literacy program called "Bookpals" that has expanded to 21 cities, where over 100,000 children are currently read to each week.

Barbara Bain is pictured above with Joshua Rush, Kaitlyn Dever, Karan Brar and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) attending the Screen Actors Guild Foundation 20 Years Of BookPALS celebration at West Hollywood City Council Chamber on May 11, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.


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    Selected Barbara Bain TVography

77 Sunset Strip
- By His Own Verdict (1963)

Adventures in Paradise
- Nightmare in the Sun (1961)
- Prisoner in Paradise (1960)

Alcoa Theatre
- Small Bouquet (1959)

Ben 10: Alien Force
- What Are Little Girls Made Of? (2008) (voice)

Ben Casey
- A Woods Full of Question Marks (1964)

CBS Summer Playhouse
- Barrington (1987)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
- Living Legend (2006)

Diagnosis Murder
- Discards (1997)

The Dick Van Dyke Show
- Will You Two Be My Wife? (1963)

- Hidden Asset (1963)

Get Smart
- KAOS in CONTROL (1965)

The Greatest Show on Earth
- The Night the Monkey Died (1964)

- The Captain's Gun (1958)

Hawaiian Eye
- Two Million Too Much (1963)

The Law and Mr. Jones
- Christmas Is a Legal Holiday (1960)

The Lieutenant
- A Touching of Hands (1963)

Likely Suspects
- Pilot (1992)

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
- I Was a Spy for the F.O.B. (1963)

Mike Hammer
- Accentuate the Negative (1959)

Mike Hammer
- A Death in the Family (1984)

- Matryoshka (1999)

Mission: Impossible
- series star as Cinnamon Carter (78 episodes 1966-1969)

- My Fair David (1985)

Mr. Lucky
- The Money Game (1959)

Murder, She Wrote
- Unauthorized Obituary (1991)
- Coal Miner's Slaughter (1988)

My Mother the Car
- Desperate Minutes (1966)
- I'm Through Being a Nice Guy (1965)

My So-Called Life
- Other People's Mothers (1994)

Perry Mason
- The Case of the Nautical Knot (1964)
- The Case of the Wary Wildcatter (1960)

Philip Marlowe
- The Ugly Duckling (1959)

The Red Skelton Show
- Crime Doesn't Pay But It's Tax Free (1969)

Richard Diamond, Private Detective
- Matador Murder (1959)
- Soft Touch (1959)
- Body of the Crime (1959)
- Pack Rat (1959)
- The Sport (1959)

Scarecrow and Mrs. King
- The Khrushchev List (1987)

Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
- Guest Star (1968)

Space: 1999
- series star as Dr. Helena Russell (47 episodes 1975-1977)

State Trooper
- Fiddle Dee Dead (1959)

- The Craziest Race in Town (1962)

Strong Medicine
- Orders (2003)

- Cold Kill (1959)

Vacation Playhouse
- Young at Heart (1965)

Valentine's Day
- The Old School Tie (1964)

The Visitor
- Reunion (1997)

Walker, Texas Ranger
- Saving Grace (1998)

Wagon Train
- The Fenton Canaby Story (1963)

    Selected Barbara Bain Filmography


Murder Once Removed (TV Movie)


Goodnight, My Love (TV Movie)


A Summer Without Boys (TV Movie)

Savage (TV Movie)


Alien Attack (TV Movie)

Journey Through the Black Sun (TV Movie)


Destination Moonbase-Alpha (TV Movie)


Don't Go Near the Park


The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (TV Movie)


Cosmic Princess (TV Movie)



Trust Me


The Spirit of '76


Platform Six (Short)


Airtime (Short)

Dry Martini (Short)

Icebergs: The Secret Life of a Refrigerator (TV Movie)

Animals with the Tollkeeper



Bel Air



American Gun


Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales (TV Movie)


Space: 1899 (Video short)


Trapped! (TV Movie)


Haunted Echoes (Video)


Forget Me Not

In the Mix (TV Movie)

Political Disasters


Nothing Special


Match Made (Short)


Silver Skies

Lost Music (Short)

Pacific Edge (Short)

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