Barbara Darrow is an American motion picture and television actress.
Darrow was born in Hollywood, California, to George H. Wittlinger, a motion picture landscape artist, and Alice Simpson Wittlinger, a former silent screen actress. She graduated from Hollywood High School.
Darrow's work as a model led to her receiving offers of film contracts. On August 31, 1950, a judge approved her seven-year contract with RKO Studios. She made mostly B-movie films in the 1950s, including The Monster That Challenged The World and Queen of Outer Space. She replaced Marla English opposite Spencer Tracy in The Mountain, after English had an adverse reaction to a smallpox vaccine. By 1955 she was one of only three actors under contract to RKO.
On television, Darrow portrayed Nurse Forester in the NBC medical drama Doctors' Hospital. She also made several appearances in one or two episodes of popular television shows in the 1950s. Some of these include The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Bachelor Father, The Bob Cummings Show, M Squad, and Peter Gunn.
Darrow married Thomas David Tannenbaum, son of David Tannenbaum, who served as mayor of Beverly Hills, California for two terms in 1952 and 1956, on September 28, 1956; they remained married until his death on December 1, 2001. A talent agent at MGM, he would later go on to be the founding president of Viacom. They have three children.
Her youngest daughter Audrey Darin married Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee's only child, Dodd Darin. Her son Eric Tannenbaum became president of Columbia TriStar Television at age 33; he would go on to executive produce Two and a Half Men.
Darrow's uncle is John Darrow, a silent film star turned successful agent, from whom she borrowed her stage name. Her older sister Madelyn Darrow became a model.