BARBARA VAN ORDEN / Barbara Van Orden's highly publicized return to the stage after the devastating accident that resulted in 18 surgeries and years of rehabilitation has been well received by audiences and critics alike. "Barbara was crossing the street when she was hit by a car that resulted in 12 breaks in her right leg, five breaks in the left, internal bleeding, crushed back, broken ribs, a fractured disc in her neck and a three inch gash in her skull. After years of therapy and 18 surgeries later, life was still being lived from a hospital room and she had to learn to walk all over again." Before the accident she was a leading cover model and appeared in the promotion of numerous household products.  A career at the top came to a crash.  She began in the Catskill Mountains at Grossingers Singers Hotel, opening for many of the greats, such as Milton Berle, Don Rickles and Red Buttons, to name a few. She went on to appear at many of the Playboy Clubs working with talents such as Buddy Hackett, Morey Amsterdam and Soupy Sales.  After an appearance as the French teacher on television's Welcome Back Kotter, a move to the West Coast was made anticipating the addition of other TV films and series episodes to her resume. In between films and series, Barbara opened for many Vegas headliners. While in Vegas opening for Shecky Green, Frank Sinatra came to the show. After the show, she was thrilled when he asked her if she would open for him for a one night performance at the Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel in New York.  She is currently a sponsoring producer for the critically acclaimed LA's NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR, that has given many undiscovered talents their start on Broadway.

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