Born 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, American singer and actress Barbara McNair’s career spanned over five decades appearing in television, film and stage.
McNair’s professional career began in music during the late 1950s, singing in the nightclub circuit. In 1958, She released her debut single “Till There Was You” from Coral Records which was a commercial success.
McNair performed all across the world, touring with Nat King Cole and later appearing in his Broadway stage shows I’m with You and The Merry World of Nat King Cole in the early 1960s.
By the 1970s, McNair gradually changed over to acting in films and television; she played Sidney Poitier’s wife in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) and its sequel, The Organization (1971).
In her later years, McNair returned to performing in nightclubs and on cruise ships. She died from throat cancer in 2007 at the age of 72.
These beautiful photos captured portrait of young Barbara McNair from between the 1950s and 1970s.