Barbara Mandrell

  • Birth Name: Barbara Ann Mandrell
  • Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Musician, Instrumentalist, Actor, Writer, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Learned to read music and play the accordion by the age of 5.
  • At 11, demonstrated the steel guitar at a music trade show in Chicago, where she was discovered by country performer Joe Maphis.
  • Her family formed its own group when she was 14. A member of the band was drummer Ken Dudney, whom she would later marry.
  • Signed with Columbia Records in 1969, scoring her first hit with a cover of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long."
  • Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1972.
  • After her family band broke up, she formed the Do-Rites with her sisters, Louise and Irlene.
  • In 1979, won Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year.
  • Headlined the NBC variety series Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters (1980-82).
  • Was the first artist to win CMA Entertainer of the Year for two consecutive years (1980 and '81).
  • Penned her autobiography, Get to the Heart: My Story (1990), which was later made into a TV movie, Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story (1997).

Awards

  • 1982, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Musical Performer: Winner
  • 1983, Grammy — Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir Or Chorus: Winner
  • 1986, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer: Winner
  • 1985, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Musical Performer: Winner
  • 1983, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer: Winner
  • 1984, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer: Winner
  • 1987, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer: Winner
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1982, Grammy — Best Inspirational Performance: Winner
  • 1985, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer: Winner
  • 1982, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer: Winner
  • 1982, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female TV Performer: Winner

Relationships

  • Kenneth L. Dudney — Husband
  • Jaime Nicole Dudney — Daughter
  • Nathaniel Mandrell Dudney — Son
  • Mary Ellen McGill — Mother
  • Kenneth Matthew Dudney — Son
  • Irlene Mandrell — Sister
  • Louise Mandrell — Sister
  • Irby Mandrell — Father

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  • Birth Name: Barbara Ann Mandrell
  • Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Musician, Instrumentalist, Actor, Writer, Producer