Barbara McNair

Barbara McNair, a nightclub singer who starred in a handful of Broadway musicals including the 1973 revival of The Pajama Game, in which she played the lead of Babe Williams, died Feb. 4, 2007, at her home in Sherman Oaks, CA, after a long battle with cancer. She was 73. Born Jan. 1, 1934, and raised in Wisconsin, Ms. McNair first caught the public's attention as a cabaret artist. A gig at Max Gordon's Village Vanguard led to a week-long stint on "The Arthur Godfrey Show," a recording contract at Coral Records and stands at such clubs as The Purple Onion and The Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel, as well as most of the hotels of Las Vegas. She would go on to tour with Nat King Cole twice.

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  • Death: Feb 4, 2007 in Sherman Oaks, CA