Barbara Mandrell Profile
Barbara Mandrell is an American actress, author, and former country music singer. She began her acting career by making appearances on several TV shows including American Bandstand, The Tonight Show, and Bob Hope entertainment specials.
Barbara Mandrell Music Career
Mandrell began her singing career in 1960 when she was only eleven years old in Las Vegas, Nevada. She began her career as a steel guitar player and was also assisted by Joe Maphis. During the summers when she was not in school, she would go back to Las Vegas to perform. She toured the country alongside Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash and also performed steel guitar for Red Foley, Tex Ritter, and Little Jimmy Dickens. At the age of 14, she formed the Mandrell Family Band alongside her family with Mandrell Barbara on steel guitar. Her mother, Mary played the Piano while her father, Irby led vocals as well as two outside musicians including Ken Dudney, a drummer.
Mandrell released her very first single called “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)” which made it to the 1969 America’s Billboard country songs chart. She then released her album named, Treat Him Right in 1971 which featured covers of songs by Joe South, Ivory Joe Hunter, and others. She then joined ABC–Dot a recording contract in 1975 and worked alongside Tom Collins. That same year, she released her single called “Standing Room Only” which was very successful.
In 1994, she released two albums that made appearances on different TV Networks including TNN. She then retired in 1997 from recording, touring, and performing. She also publicized the reason behind her retirement was to spend more time with family and her acting career.
Barbara Mandrell Acting Career
Mandrell began her acting career by making appearances on several TV shows including American Bandstand, The Tonight Show, and Bob Hope entertainment specials. In December 1979, she made an appearance in an episode of The Rockford Files and also co-hosted the 1979 Academy of Country Music Awards.
NBC Network gave Mandrell several offers including hosting her own syndicated show which she turned down. She later on agreed to host the show after Marty Krofft convinced her to do so. The show was called Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters and was hosted by Barbara alongside her two sisters, Louise and Irlene.
Quick Facts About Mandrell
|Age||74 years old as of 2022|
|Net Worth||$1 Million – $5 Million|
Mandrell, later on, appeared in a military engagement in 1987 alongside Bob Hope and Brooke Shields. In the mid-1990s, she played roles on different shows including Dr. Quinn’s Medicine Woman, Touched by an Angel, and Baywatch. She also appeared on a TV soap opera called Sunset Beach. In addition to that, she also made several appearances on network programs and talk shows during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Moreover, she was also featured on different TV Commercials for food products.
Barbara Mandrell Age
Barbara Ann Mandrell was born on December 25, 1948, in Houston, Texas, U.S. She is therefore 74 years old as of 2022.
Barbara Mandrell Height
Mandrell stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 5 inches tall.
Barbara Mandrell Family
Mandrell was born and raised by her father Irby Matthew Mandrell and her mother Mary Ellen. Her father, Irby was a police officer born on October 11, 1924, and died on March 5, 2009, while her mother worked as a music teacher was born in 1931. Growing up, she was raised alongside her two sisters Louise and Irlene.
Barbara Mandrell Husband
Mandrell is happily married to Ken Dudney who is a former Navy pilot and musician. The couple met for the first time when Barbara was 14 years old and Dudney was 21. Dudney was previously hired by Mandrell’s family as the drummer for Mandrell’s family band. Dudney was in a romantic relationship and even engaged to another woman but left her for Barbara.
Mandrell and Dudney tied the knot in 1967 and welcomed their first child called Matthewin in 1970. Later on, in 1976, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter called Jaime, and their third child in 1985, a son called Nathan.
Barbara Mandrell’s Net Worth
Mandrell has an estimated net worth of between $50 Million which she has earned through her successful career as an actress, author, and former country music singer.
Barbara Mandrell Accident
Mandrell and her two oldest children were involved in an accident on September 11, 1984, in Tennessee. Due to the accident, Mandrell suffered a shattered ankle, a broken femur, a concussion that left temporary brain damage, and an injured knee. Unfortunately, the driver of the other vehicle lost his life while Mandrell’s children suffered minor injuries.
Barbara Mandrell Book
Mandrell is also the author of Get to the Heart: My Story (with George Vecsey) which debuted in 1990.
Did Barbara Mandrell pass away?
Mandrell is very much alive and healthy. She began her singing career in 1960 when she was only eleven years old in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also publicized the reason behind her retirement was to spend more time with family and her acting career.
Barbara Mandrell Studio Albums
- Treat Him Right in 1971
- A Perfect Match (with David Houston) in 1972
- The Midnight Oil in 1973
- This Time I Almost Made It in 1974
- This Is Barbara Mandrell in 1976
- Midnight Angel in 1976
- Lovers, Friends, and Strangers in 1977
- Love’s Ups and Downs in 1977
- Moods in 1978
- Just for the Record in 1979
- Love Is Fair in 1980
- …In Black & White in 1982
- He Set My Life to Music in 1982
- Spun Gold in 1983
- Clean Cut in 1984
- Meant for Each Other (with Lee Greenwood) in 1984
- Christmas at Our House in 1984
- Get to the Heart in 1985
- Moments in 1986
- Sure Feels Good in 1987
- I’ll Be Your Jukebox Tonight in 1988
- Precious Memories in 1989
- Morning Sun in 1990
- No Nonsense in 1990
- Key’s in the Mailbox in 1991
- Acoustic Attitude in 1994
- It Works for Me in 1994
Barbara Mandrell Songs
- I Don’t Want To Be Right
- The Midnight Oil
- There’s No Love in Tennessee
- Standing Room Only
- Woman To Woman
- One of a Kind Pair of Fools
- Happy Birthday Dear Heartache
- Wish You Were Here
- The Best of Strangers
- Fast Lanes And Country Roads
- Only a Lonely Heart Knows
- Fooled by a Feeling
- To Me
- Midnight Angel
- Love Is Thin Ice
Barbara Mandrell Filmography
- The Rockford Files
- Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol
- Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters
- Barbara Mandrell: The Lady Is a Champ
- Burning Rage
- The Statler Brothers Show
- Empty Nest
- The Commish
- Touched by an Angel
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
- Diagnosis Murder
- Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story
- Sunset Beach
- Love Boat: The Next Wave
- The Wrong Girl
- Stolen from the Heart
- Walker, Texas Ranger