Bobo Lewis

Barbara "Bobo" Lewis (May 14, 1926 in Miami, Florida – November 6, 1998 in New York, New York) was an American comedic actress of film, musical theatre, stage and television.

Bobo Lewis
Barbara Lewis

(1926-05-14)May 14, 1926
DiedNovember 6, 1998(1998-11-06) (aged 72)
Years active1962–1998

Stage roles

  • The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (as Bernice Roth); April 6, 1987 - August 1, 1987
  • 42nd Street (as Maggie Jones; replacement); July 21, 1987 - January 8, 1989
  • Working (as Fran Swenson, Grace Clements, Lucille Page and Rose Hoffman); May 14, 1978 - June 4, 1978
  • Lorelei (as Mrs. Ella Spofford; replacement); January 27, 1974 -November 3, 1974
  • The Women (as Dowager and as Olga); April 25, 1973 - June 17, 1973
  • Twigs (as Emily, Celia, Dorothy and Ma; standby); November 14, 1971 - July 23, 1972


Bobo Lewis was most famous for her role as gossip Midge Smoot on the children's television series Shining Time Station. She remained with the show for its entire run from 1989-1993. Lewis would later appear in three succeeding Shining Time Specials in 1995. Her other television appearances include roles on sitcoms such as Bewitched, The Monkees, That Girl and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..


Bobo was seen in a handful of well-known films including It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963), Way...Way Out (1966) Can't Stop the Music (1980), Arthur (1981) Her Alibi (1989), Miami Blues (1990) and The Paper (1994).


She teamed up with her Broadway co-star Lynne Thigpen (Working, 1978) to create the Lynne Thigpen-Bobo Lewis Foundation "[in order] to help young actresses and actors learn how to survive and succeed in New York theater".


Bobo Lewis died on November 6, 1998 at New York Hospital in Manhattan from cancer, aged 72.


Year Title Role Notes
1962The InternsGwen
1963Under the Yum Yum TreeClaudia Hoffer
1963It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldPilot's WifeUncredited
1964Kiss Me, StupidWaitress
1966Way... Way OutEsther Davenport
1970Which Way to the Front?Camille Bland
1975The Wild PartyWilma
1975Lovers Like UsMiss Mark
1980Can't Stop the MusicBreadwoman
1981The NestingCatherine Beasley
1981ArthurLady in Coffee Shop
1982Blood BrideMama
1987The Adventure of the Action Hunters
1988Running on EmptyHome Ec Teacher
1989Her AlibiRose
1990Miami BluesEdna Damrosch
1994The PaperAnna
1998One True ThingMuriel
1998Just the TicketMrs. Dolmatch
1999Hit and RunwayCousin Rosalie(final film role)
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