Further Tales of the City
Beauty consultant turned actress Barbara Garrick is perhaps best known to television audiences for playing Deirdre''DeDe' Ligon Halcyon Day in the three miniseries based on Armistead Maupin's “Tales of the City” novels. She received a Gemini nomination for the third sequel “Further Tales of the City” (2001). Garrick is also known as Allison Perkins in “One Life to Live,” a role she portrayed from 1986 to 1987, then from 2001 to 2002, in 2003 and in 2008, as well for guest starring in popular series such as “Law & Order” and its spin off shows, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Sex and the City.” She has acted in many films, including John Sayles' “Eight Men Out” (1988), Mike Nichols' “Working Girl” (1988) and “Postcards from the Edge” (1990), Tony Scott's “Days of Thunder” (1990), Nora Ephron's “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993), Sydney Pollack's “The Firm” (1993), Ang Lee's “The Ice Storm” (1997), Todd Haynes' “Far from Heaven” (2002), Doug Liman's “Jumper” (2008), Jodie Markell's directorial debut, “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond” (2008), and James Oakley's “Devil You Know” (2009). Her stage credits include “ A Thousand Clowns,” “The Winter's Tale” and “Ridiculous Fraud.”
Childhood and Family:
Barbara Garick was born on December 3, 1965, in Los Angeles, California. She is an alumnus from the reputable Juliard School of Drama in New York City.
One Life to Live
While attending the Juliard School of Drama, Barbara Garrick worked professionally as a beauty consultant for the well-known beauty company Aveda. She made her television acting debut in the mid 1980s when she got the role of Charlotte Wheaton on the long running daytime soap opera “The Guiding Light” (unknown episode, 1985) and appeared in an episode of “Spencer: For Hire” called “Discord in a Minor” (1985), playing Edie James.
Garrick's first break arrived when she joined the cast of the ABC daytime drama “One Life to Live” in the role of Allison Perkins. She was on the show from 1986 to 1987. She would return to the show to reprise the role from 2001 to 2002 and again in 2003. She made her third comeback on the series in January 2008.
After her first departure from “One Life to Live,” Garrick made her feature film acting debut in “Eight Men Out” (1988), a basketball movie directed and written by John Sayles and starring John Cusack. Sayles based the script on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book, “8 Men Out.” It was followed by small parts in Mike Nichols' acclaimed drama, “Working Girl” (1988), which starred Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Melanie Griffith, Alec Baldwin and Joan Cusack., and Tony Scott's sport-themed, “Days of Thunder” (1990), starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. She reunited with director Mike Nichols for the very well-scripted drama “Postcards from the Edge” (1990), which was scripted by Carrie Fisher based on her own 1987 semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. The film starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
Garrick revisited the small screen in 1991 when she appeared in an episode of “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” but she did not gain major recognition until she was cast as DeDe Halcyon Day in the TV miniseries “Tales of the City,” based on the first of the “Tales of the City: series of novels by Armistead Maupin. Starring Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Laura Linney, and Marcus D'Amico, the show was produced by the UK's Channel 4 and was first broadcast in the UK in 1993. It was aired in the US through PBS in 1994.
Garrick supported Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the Academy Award nominated comedy/drama film “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) for director/screenwriter Nora Ephron. The same year, she also played the supporting role of Kay Quinn in the Tom Cruise vehicle “The Firm,” Sydney Pollack's adaptation of John Grisham's book of the same title, and starred as Lorraine Gale in Todd Haynes' award winning autobiographical, “Dottie Gets Spanked.” In 1995, she costarred with Sarah Jessica Parker, Gil Bellows, Antonio Banderas, Mia Farrow, Paul Mazursky, and Kevin Pollak in the David Frankel directed comedy “Miami Rhapsody.”
From 1995 to 1999, Garrick could be seen in the films “A Couch in New York” (1996), helmed by Belgium born Chantal Akerman and starring Juliette Binoche and William Hurt, and “The Ice Storm” (1997), directed by Ang Lee. In addition, she guest starred in “ Lifestories: Families in Crisis” and “The Outer Limits” (both 1996), portrayed Aunt Betsy in the CBS telepic “Ellen Foster” (1997) and returned to her soap opera roots in “As the World Turns,” where she played Rita Renfield from 1998 to 1999. Garrick reprised the role of Deirdre 'DeDe' Ligon Halcyon Day in the sequel “More Tales of the City,” which premiered in both the US and the UK in 1998.
Entering the new millennium, Garrick appeared in the made for TV film “Mary and Rhoda,” in episodes of “'Law & Order” and “Sex and the City” as well as in the Ed Harris helmed film “Pollock,” based on the life of American painter Jackson Pollock (all 2000). In 2001, she once again reprised the role of Deirdre 'DeDe' Ligon Halcyon Day in the third installment miniseries “Further Tales of the City,” originally aired on Showtime in May of that year. She was nominated for a 2002 Gemini for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for her work in the series.
Still in 2001, Garrick landed a role in “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Amy and Isabelle” (TV), and played Hannah's mother in an episode of “Law &Order: Special Victims Unit” called “Pixies”and Jennifer Barish in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” called “The Good Doctor.” From July to October 2001, she took the role of Sandra Markowitz on Broadway in “A Thousand Clowns,” opposite Tom Selleck.
Garrick appeared with Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid in Todd Haynes' critically praised drama, “Far from Heaven” (2002). She took her next film roles in the 2005 comedy “Brooklyn Lobster,” directed and written by Kevin Jordan and starring Danny Aiello and Danny Aiello, and then the 2008 Doug Liman science fiction “Jumper,” opposite Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Diane Lane, Samuel L. Jackson and Kristen Stewart, among others. She played Ellen in the latter. Meanwhile, on stage, Garrick portrayed Hermione in a Classic Stage Co. production of William Shakespeare's “The Winter's Tale” in New York in January 2003 and Maude Chrystal in a McCarter Theatre production of Beth Henley's “Ridiculous Fraud” in Princeton, New Jersey in May 2006.
After leaving “ One Life to Live” in 2008, Garrick was cast as Mrs. Dobyne in “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond” (2008), the feature directorial debut of actress Jodie Markell. The cast of the film included Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans, Ann-Margret and Mamie Gummer. Recently, she played Joan Stone in the mystery/thriller movie “Devil You Know” (2009), directed by James Oakley and penned by Alex Michaelides. It starred Lena Olin as Kathryn Vale, Rosamund Pike as Zoe Hughes and Dean Winters as Jake Kelly.