Actress/vocalist Barbara McNair passed away yesterday. This popular performer was a welcome presence on all the top variety, talk, and game shows during the Sixties and Seventies. Though I can’t name one song she was famous for, she had a style that made you take notice whenever she sang. Film buffs remember her as one of the nuns working with Dr. Elvis Presley in Change of Habit (1969), the sultry singer involved with jazz trumpeteer James Darren down Rio way in Jess Franco’s cult mystery film Venus in Furs (1969), and as Sidney Poitier’s wife in They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! (1970) and its sequel.
McNair’s last film was Neon Signs (1996) where she and the lovely Carol Lynley played feuding robbers on a crime spree throughout the Southwest desert in this very entertaining low-budget Thelma and Louise knock-off.