- Was Sharon Tate's bridesmaid when Sharon married Roman Polanski on January 20, 1968.
- She and Ed Nelson were the only two actors who appeared on the first episode of "Peyton Place" (1964) in 1964 and the final episode in 1969. They were the only stars who lasted the shows entire five year run.
- Is an adopted child.
- In 1965, was named "Hollywood's Deb Star of the Year" by the Association of Hollywood Make up Artists and Hairstylists.
- In 1965, won the Photoplay Gold Medal Award for Best Newcomer.
- Ms. Parkins is an accomplished photographer.
- Measurements: 34-24-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- Appeared in a number of "Playboy" pictorial spreads - her most revealing ones in 1967 and one in 1976.
- In 1998, came out of nowhere and appeared in the mini-movie _Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (1998) (TV), the story of Jacqueline Susann, who wrote the book version of Barbara's claim-to-film-fame Valley of the Dolls (1967).
- While interviewed by gossip columnist Ted Casablanca at a 1996 gala viewing of Valley of the Dolls (1967), she candidly reported, while working with some of her co-stars, that Susan Hayward was "spastic", Patty Duke was "energetic but neurotic" and Sharon Tate was "magic".
- She reprised her 60s soap opera character of Betty Harrington for a 1985 TV-reunion movie.
- Married in the late 70s, she had a daughter, Christina, born in 1986. Later divorced.
- Patty Duke gave her the nick name "Barbara Starkins" during the filming of Valley of the Dolls (1967).
- She was cast as "Anne Welles" in Valley of the Dolls (1967) after Candice Bergen dropped out two weeks before filming was to begin. She originally tested for the role of "Neely O'Hara".
- In 1966, Parkins co-hosted the Miss Teen International Pageant with her "Peyton Place" costar, Ryan O'Neal.
- In 2006, Barbara Parkins provided commentary for the DVD release of "Valley of the Dolls."
- Favorite perfume is 'Lheure Bleu' by Guerlain.
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