Lynn’s relationship with Sid all but killed her film career, but it couldn’t destroy her indomitable spirit. After breaking with Fox, she starred on the stage and became one of television’s pioneers. In 1955, following the completion of her second TV series, Bari embarked on her third marriage, this time to Dr. Nathan Rickles—Hollywood’s “psychiatrist to the stars.”

Nathan Rickles, like Lynn’s mother, alternately sang her praises and abused her. To counter her disappointments, Bari began to find solace in alcohol. By the mid-1970s, her drinking had made it impossible for her to work; her forty-year acting career was over and her health was irreparably damaged.

Against seemingly insurmountable odds, Lynn came to a spiritual awakening in 1983. She stopped drinking and found peace of mind for the very first time. Three years later she began with her biographer, Jeff Gordon, the conversations that led to Foxy Lady. Their last talk took place only days before her November 1989 death.


Foxy Lady, which tells the story of Lynn Bari’s life, offers the reader an honest portrait of a pillar of the Hollywood community and the destructive forces that undermined her foundation. It is a moving drama, the chronicle of a wonderful but flawed woman and the world of stars and studios in which she lived and worked.

Foxy Lady, The Authorized Biography of Lynn Bari