‘Peyton Place’ Star Barbara Rush Reflected on Working With Frank Sinatra

by Taylor Cunningham
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Peyton Place star Barbara Rush worked alongside dozens of classic Hollywood actors in her day. But Frank Sinatra was her favorite.

Most people know Sinatra as a legendary jazz crooner, which, of course, he was. And he had 15 Grammys to prove it. But he was also an Oscar-winning actor.

So when Barbara Rush first met the muti talented icon, she was a bit of a “basketcase.” And she told the story of the meeting to Classic Movie Hub during a 2020 interview.

The two had their introduction on the set of Robin and the 7 Hoods. And Rush wasn’t just nervous to meet Sinatra because he was a legend, she was also nervous because she needed to ask him a favor.

Apparently, the Rat Pack member did not like to rehearse his lines before the cameras began to roll. But Barbara Rush needed to do a run-through before filming her first scene with Sinatra.

So she called up a friend to ask for advice.

“I was so nervous that I called Carolyn Jones who had just worked with Frank. And she told me what to do,” said Rush. “I came up to him on set and said, ‘Mr. Sinatra, can I talk to you?’ And then said, ‘First of all, call me Frank, what can I do for you, Barbara?’ And I said, ‘I’m from the stage and I know you don’t like rehearsing, but I have to rehearse at least one time. I don’t think I can do the scene otherwise.’ And he said, ‘Baby doll, of course, I can do that for you. CLEAR THE SET! Barbara and I are going to rehearse.'”

From that day forward, Barabara Rush and Frank Sinatra were friends. And they even went on to film a second film together in 1963 called Come Blow your Horn.

‘Peyton Place’ Star Barbara Rush Found a Second Round of Fame With a Commercial

At 95 years old, Barbara Rush is finding a second sort of fame with a hilarious television commercial.

Until recently, the last major role that Rush had was Ruth Camden on 7th Heaven. But now she’s breaking back into the industry with a Wilshire Coin ad.

In it, she plays a rich old lady who’s still got it—if you know what we mean.

“I play this lady who comes in and dumps a lot of coins on the counter,” Rush told Fox News in 2018. “And I say, ‘That’s just from my first husband.'”

And apparently, the Batman actress has gotten a lot of recognition from the commercial.

“I have gotten more fan mail for that!” she added. “Every time I go out… [People] say, ‘Are you that lady from the commercial?’ ”

But Rush gets why, and she said anyone who watches it will, too.

“You would just love it because it’s funny,” she noted.

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