Who is Barbara Niven?
Barbara Lee Buholz was born on 26 February 1953, in Portland, Oregon USA, and is a producer as well as an actress, best known for her roles in various Lifetime movies. Some of her most notable projects include “Cedar Cove”, “One Life to Live”, and “Pensacola: Wings of Gold”. She also had a lead role in the film “A Perfect Ending”, which aired in 2012.
The Riches of Barbara Niven
How rich is Barbara Niven? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is close to $4 million, earned largely through a successful career in acting, having been in the entertainment industry since the 1980s. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Barbara grew up in Portland but little information is known about her childhood, education, and her family. It is known that she enrolled at Beverly Hills Playhouse, an acting school which would be the precursor to her foray into the entertainment industry, and started out doing minor roles in television movies and guest roles in various series. She also did independent projects before finding her way into soap opera roles.
One of her first notable roles was in the series “The Bold and the Beautiful”, in which she portrayed Brenda Dickerson, a sister series to “The Young and the Restless” featuring an ensemble cast. It is the most watched soap opera in the world and has been running for more than 30 years. However, she left her recurring role in 1996 to pursue other projects, and then became a star of the drama “Pensacola: Wings of Gold” in 1998. She also started gaining guest roles in popular shows, including “Cold Case”, “ER”, “NCIS”, and “Charmed”.
Niven has had a few more recurring roles, including in “Pacific Palisades” which is a soap opera that aired on Fox. She also had a role in “Silk Stalkings”, a crime drama television series that follows the lives of two detectives who solve sexually-based crimes. Around the same time, she played Marilyn Monroe in the HBO film “The Rat Pack” which starred Ray Liotta, Joe Mantegna and Don Cheadle. Her acting work continued well into the 2000s, with numerous film projects, including appearing in “The Drone Virus”, which is based on the Gerald Clarke novel of the same name.
In 2005, she had a role in “Chasing Ghosts” which starred Michael Madsen, and two years later was cast in “Redline”, which follows a street racing circle funded by a group of millionaires and their obsession with supercars. She also had a role in the Canadian horror film “Summer’s Blood” which starred Ashley Greene, and also worked for Hallmark and Disney in their original films – some of these projects include “Tiger Cruise’, and “Wedding Daze”. She also had a string of independent projects, many of which didn’t gain much attention apart from their releases.
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In 2012, Barbara had a role in the film “A Perfect Ending”, which is an LGBT film following the story of an escort and a rich middle-aged woman. The following year, she worked on another Hallmark project entitled “Cedar Cove”, which is the first original drama series of Hallmark, and starred alongside Bruce Boxleitner and Andie MacDowell. The show is based on the Debbie Macomber book series of the same name, following the life of Municipal Court Judge Olivia Lockhart in the titular location.
She has also done written work, and authored two books entitled “Get Your Woman On” and “How Did You Do That!” One of her latest projects is the black comedy film entitled “Suburban Gothic”, in which she starred alongside Ray Wise and Kat Dennings, directed by Richard Bates Jr., and was released at the Fantasia International Film Festival. It follows the character of Matthew Gray Gubler, who returns home to find himself facing the supernatural. The film was released the following year on video on demand platforms, and also had a limited theatrical release.
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Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Niven was married three times, all of which ended in divorce. Not many details have been shared about her first two marriages, but her first was to Ronald Garrison in 1974, then to David Alexander nine years later, while her last marriage was to David Niven, Jr., adopting his last name, from 1993 to 1998.
The latter is an actor and producer who worked as an executive for Paramount Pictures, then later Columbia pictures. Some of his projects include “Rush Hour 3”, “The Cool Surface”, and “The Eagle Has Landed”. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work in “Escape to Athena”, which starred his father, renowned British actor David Niven.
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Similar to numerous actresses, she is very active on social media, having accounts on several major websites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and on which she mainly promotes some of her most recent projects, including her work with Hallmark. She also keeps fans up to date with the latest events and celebrations in her life, and has posted a lot of personal photos. She also has her own website on which she promotes her work. Aside from acting, she also does coaching projects, and is in demand as a speaker at public events.