Barbara Mandrell (update 2008)
Posted January 7, 2008
BIRTH DATE: December 25, 1948, Houston, Texas
CLAIM TO FAME: She is best-known for her Country Music success. She had
a successful career that made her one of the top female country artists
of all time.
FAMILY LIFE: Ken Dudney (28 May 1967 - present) 3 children Matthew (b.
1970), Jaime Dudney (b. 1976) and Nathaniel (b. 1985)
Sister of Louise Mandrell and Irlene Mandrell
INFO: Thanks to a string of hit singles Barbara landed a TV
Variety show on NBC. It was with her sisters and further added to make
her super-successful in the 80's.
TRIVIA: While growing up, she was taught the steel guitar and
many other instruments, including the accordion, saxophone and banjo.
She even played steel guitar for the legendary Patsy Cline. Cline once
wrote to a friend in a letter that Mandrell was "a 13 year old blonde
doll that plays the steel guitar out of this world! What a show woman!"
Was involved in major automobile accident with two of her children in
1984. It wasn't until her autobiography, Get to the Heart: My Story, was
published in 1990 that fans found out how critical Barbara's condition
was after her September 11, 1984, automobile accident. Barbara suffered
a severe head injury (she was n intensive care for several days), a
broken right leg, a broken right ankle, damaged right knee and various
cuts and bruises. It took her 18 months to fully recover.
Barbara was the first artist to win the CMA Entertainer Of The Year for
two consecutive years.
Her 1990 autobiography Get To The Heart: My Story appeared on the New
York Times Best Seller List after only four days, and then remained
there for six months.
WHERE IS SHE NOW: In 1998 Barbara retired from singing/performing to
concentrate on an acting career.
In 2002 Barbara had an estate sale, auctioning her beloved 137-acre home
(Fontanel), located near Downtown Nashville, for $2.1 million and
selling a lot of her personal belongings. She, husband, Ken Dudney, and
their third child, Nathaniel, moved from the 27,000- square-foot estate
to a 7,000-square-foot one located outside Nashville, Tennessee.
Was presented with a star on the Music City Walk of Fame on November 5,
She appeared on GAC's tribute to Porter Wagoner on Wednesday, January
1971 Treat Him Right
1972 A Perfect Match (with David Houston)
1973 The Midnight Oil
1974 This Time I Almost Made It
1976 This Is Barbara Mandrell
1976 Midnight Angel
1977 Lovers, Friends, and Strangers
1977 Love's Ups and Downs
1979 The Best of Barbara Mandrell
1979 Just For the Record
1980 Love Is Fair
1981 Barbara Mandrell Live
1982 In Black and White
1982 He Set My Life to Music
1983 Spun Gold
1984 Clean Cut
1984 Meant For Each Other (with Lee Greenwood)
1984 Christmas At Our House
1985 Greatest Hits
1985 Get to The Heart
1987 Sure Feels Good
1988 I'll Be Your Jukebox Tonight
1990 Morning Sun
1990 No Nonsense
1991 Keys In the Mailbox
1992 The Best of Barbara Mandrell
1995 The Collection
1995 Fooled By a Feeling
1996 22 Legendary Hits
1997 It Works For Me (final studio album)
1997 Super Hits
2001 The Ultimate Collection
2004 The Hits (3-disc Box Set)
2006 She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool: A Tribute To Barbara Mandrell
WRITE TO BARBARA:
c/o Staff Member
Creative Artists Agency LCC (CAA-LA)
2000 Ave Of The Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
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