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Barbara Bates Biography
- Barbara Bates (August 6, 1925 Ã¢Â€Â“ March 18, 1969) was an American actress best known for her role as Phoebe in the 1940 drama All About Eve. The eldest of three daughters, Bates was born in Denver, Colorado. While growing up in Denver, she studied ballet and worked as a teen fashion model. The shy teen was persuaded to enter a local beauty contest and won, receiving two round-trip train tickets to Hollywood, California. Two days before returning to Denver, Bates met Cecil Coan, a United Artists publicist, who would ultimately change the course of her life.