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Help with Barbara Nichols

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

My name is Richard Koper and I’m an author of movie-related books. I live in Europe, The Netherlands.

Currently I’m researching the life and career of actress Barbara Nichols. Nichols was a well-known name in the 1950s and ’60s, appearing opposite Doris Day, Clark Gable and Tony Curtis (“Barbara Nichols, Queens’ pinup girl,” I Have Often Walked, Oct. 18, 2012).

She was born as Barbara Marie Nickerauer in Mineola, Long Island on Dec. 10, 1928. In 1935, when Barbara was 6 years old, she moved with her parents to Queens. Her father, George Nickerauer, owned a gas station called Rauer’s on Baisley Boulevard in Jamaica. Barbara attended Woodrow Wilson High School. Her teacher from the first grade was E.F. Proctor.

Around 1948 the family moved to the Town of Huntington.

I’m hoping to get in contact with people who knew Miss Nichols or her family, and family members of Miss Nichols who are willing to share their memories about her and her parents with me.

My last two titles were “Fifties Blondes — Sexbombs, Sirens, Bad Girls and Teen Queens” and “Affectionately, Jayne Mansfield.” Both are published by The Bear Manor Media.

Please contact me through my email address: fiftiesblondes@hotmail.com.

Richard Koper
Heemskerk, The Netherlands

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