Barbara Lynn Klein (born January 28, 1950), addressed professionally as Barbi Benton, is a renowned former model, actress, singer, and songwriter.
She also dabbles as a television personality and performer from the United States.
In the 1970s, she was a four-season regular on the comedy sitcom Hee Haw and had a few mildly successful albums. After the birth of her first child in 1986, Barbi Benton left showbiz to start her family.
|Barbi Benton: History • Bio • Photo|
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|Full Name:||Barbara Lynn Klein|
|Stage Name:||Barbi Benton|
|Born:||28 January 1950 (age 72 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||New York, New York, United States|
|Husband • Spouse:||George Gradow (m. 1979)|
|Boyfriend • Partner:||N/A|
|Children:||Ariana Gradow, Alexander Benton Gradow|
|Occupation:||Actress • Model|
|Net Worth:||US$20 million|
Early Life & Education
Barbara Lynn Klein, better known as Barbi Benton, was born into a Jewish family in New York City, United States. She was born on the 28th of January 1950. Her mother worked as an investment consultant, and her father was a doctor.
Barbi Benton grew up in Sacramento and attended Rio Americano High School, where she studied scuba diving, piano, and even tearoom modelling, among other things.
She enrolled at UCLA to study veterinary medicine, but owing to a fear of blood. She had to drop out. There are currently no details about her siblings at the moment.
On October 14, 1979, Barbi Benton got married to a real estate mogul named George Gradow. She and George Gradow‘s union is blessed with two children: Ariana Gradow and Alexander Benton Gradow.
Their first child was born on August 23, 1986, and he was named Ariana Gradow. The second child was born on July 13, 1988, and was named Alexander Benton Gradow.
The family spends most of their lives living between Aspen and Los Angeles.
Barbi Benton began modelling at the age of sixteen. She went to UCLA after high school and, at the age of 18, got a job with Playboy to perform on their entertainment show Playboy After Dark. Her position on the show began as an extra, but once presenter Hugh Hefner fell in love with Barbi Benton, she was immediately promoted to co-host.
After four seasons on Hee Haw, Barbi Benton left to pursue a more Hollywood-oriented career. She has appeared in films such as the slasher Hospital Massacre and the short-lived 1977 ABC-TV comedy series Sugar Time! About an aspiring female rock band (1982).
As a recording artist, Barbi Benton had moderate success. Her single Brass Buckles (1975) reached number five on Billboard’s country singles list. He has released eight albums, the most recent of which she produced in 1979.
Barbi Benton also composed the songs, sang them, and played the piano. One of her better-known songs was Ain’t That Just the Way (1976). It was a number one hit in Sweden for 5 weeks, was also a major hit for Lutricia McNeal in 1996, and was recorded by the Dutch singer Patricia Paay under the title Poor Jeremy in 1977.
She is retired but still celebrated. Barbi Benton has a net worth estimation of US$20 million.
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