Barbara Eiler Sperzel


Barbara Eiler Sperzel, a former actress who was mother of Universal Music prexy Kathy Nelson, died July 16 in Sherman Oaks of complications following hip surgery. She was 79.

As Barbara Eiler, she began her career as a teenager in radio, starring in “The Life of Riley” and “The Dennis Day Show.” She went on to appear in TV series including “Wagon Train,” “The Swamp Fox,” “The Wonderful World of Disney” and “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.” She also appeared on “The Loretta Young Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Rifleman” and “Dragnet.” In feature films, she appeared in “The Deep Six” and “The Bubble.”

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Martin Sperzel, and two daughters.

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