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Ina Balin

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Ina Balin (November 12, 1937 – June 20, 1990) was an American actress on Broadway and in film. Born as Ina Rosenberg to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, she first appeared on television on The Perry Como Show. She also did summer stock, which led to roles on Broadway, and in 1959, she won the "Theatre World Award" for her performance in the Broadway comedy, A Majority of One, starring Gertrude Berg and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. That same year, she landed her first film role in The Black Orchid, starring Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn. A year later, Balin was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress — Motion Picture for her performance opposite Paul Newman in From the Terrace. She also appeared in The Young Doctors. In 1961, she appeared as Pilar Graile in The Comancheros with John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. Co-starring with Jerry Lewis in the 1964 hit comedy The Patsy, Balin also had a secondary, but important part in 1965's The Greatest Story Ever Told. She co-starred with Elvis Presley in his 1969 film Charro! Balin guest-starred on dozens of television shows, including Bonanza, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Battlestar Galactica, Get Smart, Ironside, Quincy, M.E. and Magnum, P.I. She appeared with Joseph Cotten, Fernando Lamas and Dean Jagger in the 1969 made-for-television movie The Lonely Profession. In 1970, Balin toured Vietnam with the USO on the first of many trips to the war-torn region. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Projectionist, which marked the screen debut of Rodney Dangerfield. In 1975, she aided in the evacuation of orphans during the fall of Saigon; eventually, she adopted three of these orphaned children. In 1980, she played herself in a made-for-television movie based on these experiences, The Children of An Lac. While working on The Children of An Lac, she became acquainted with Christy Marx, who at the time worked as a producer's liaison for various television programs. According to Marx, she used Balin's story as a basis for a character in the animated show Jem when she later became a writer. The character of Ba Nee is based on Balin's adopted daughter, Ba-Nhi. Ba Nee's obsession with and struggle to find her birth father are the focus of several episodes of Jem. She co-starred in the comedy The Comeback Trail with the lead actor and director from The Projectionist. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ina Balin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Nov 12, 1937 In Brooklyn, New York, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Black Orchid 1958-09-03
Latest Project:
Movie Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter 1986-01-01
Known For
Poster of The Projectionist
Poster of Ironside
Poster of The Greatest Story Ever Told
Poster of The Young Doctors
Movie Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter Regine 1986-01-01
Movie There Were Times, Dear Marsha 1985-10-01
Series Airwolf Unknown 1984-01-22
Movie Galyon 1980-09-18
Series Magnum P.I Unknown 1980-12-11
Movie The Children of An Lac Ina Balin 1980-10-09
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Movie The Immigrants Maria Cassala 1978-11-20
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Series Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Series Harry O Unknown 1974-09-12
Movie Panic on the 5:22 Countess Hedy Maria Tovarese 1974-11-20
Series Toma Unknown 1973-03-21
Series Search Unknown 1972-09-13
Series Cool Million Unknown 1972-10-28
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Movie The Projectionist The Girl 1971-01-17
Movie The Desperate Mission Otilla Ruiz 1969-01-01
Movie Charro! Tracey Winters 1969-03-13
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Movie The Greatest Story Ever Told Martha of Bethany 1965-02-15
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series The Loner Unknown 1965-09-18
Series Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18
Movie Act of Reprisal 1964-01-01
Movie The Patsy Ellen Betz 1964-06-24
Series The Lieutenant Unknown 1963-09-14
Series Stoney Burke Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie The Young Doctors Cathy Hunt 1961-08-23
Movie The Comancheros Pilar Graile 1961-10-30
Movie From the Terrace Natalie Benziger 1960-07-15
Series New York Confidential Unknown 1959-01-01
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Movie The Black Orchid Mary Valente 1958-09-03