Barbara Crane-Cowan

Barbara Crane-Cowan biography
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Interesting Biography Facts

Real name

Barbara Gilbert Cowan


actress, producer

Birth Date

April 25, 1936


87 years

Zodiac Sign



Brooklyn, New York City, NY, USA



Barbara Crane-Cowan family members

Father's Name

Harry Crane

Mother's Name

Julia Grandes Crane

Siblings names

sister Stephanie Crane

Is Barbara Crane-Cowan a lesbian/bisexual?


What is Barbara Crane-Cowan marital status?


How many children does she have?

3 (Sara Gilbert, Melissa Gilbert, Jonathan Gilbert)

Barbara Crane-Cowan relatives


Sara’s mother is an actress, dancer, and producer Barbara Crane. She is known under the name “Barbara Cowan”, either.

She was born in the family of Harry Crane and his wife Julia Grandes Crane. She had a sister Stephanie. Her father was a standup comedian and screenwriter. He co-wrote all the episodes of “The Honeymooners”, comedy series, which aired in the late 1980s on Showtime Channel.

Barbara Crane-Cowan

Her mother, Julia Grandes Crane, was an actress, dancer, and model. The main characters of “The Honeymooners”, Ralph and Alice, were reflections of Harry and Julia.

They parented 2 daughters, Barbara and her sister Stephanie Crane.  Barbara’s mother passed away in December 2018.

Barbara followed her father’s pace and began a career in the entertainment industry. At first, she glorified her name after participating in the drama “Sorority Girl”. Later she appeared in “Unwed Mother”, and finally, starred alongside Patty Duke in the movie “The Miracle Worker”. She joined her acting career with running a production company “Half-Pint Productions”.

Barbara was married four times. Her first husband was a popular actor Paul Gilbert. His surname Sara Abeles took when she started her career of an actress. Paul and Barbara had no biological kids, but they adopted Melissa and Jonathan, who later became famous entertainers.

Her second husband was Harold Abeles, with whom she welcomed a daughter Sara, which became her only biological child. Harold and she divorced after 10 years of marriage.

After that, she said “I do!” to Manny Udko, but their marriage was short. Finally, the woman tied the knot with Warren Cowan, a PR company owner. They were married for 13 years, till his death in 2008.

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