Barbara Werle (Barbara Werle)

Barbara Werle

Actress. Born Barbara May Theresa Werle, she attended parochial school and following graduation, she received training in professional ballroom dancing. She achieved national attention when along with her partner John Mansell (under her married name Barbara Branca), they won the Harvest Moon Ball title in 1955. This success led to multiple appearances on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and a long engagement of performances throughout the country on the nightclub-circuit for which included Las Vegas. During the mid-1960s, she relocated to Hollywood and launched her career in both TV and films beginning with her debut in an episode of the series “McHale’s Navy” (1963). She may perhaps be best remembered for co-starring in a string of Elvis Presley pictures among them “Tickle Me” (1965), “Harum Scarum” (1965) and “Charro!” (1969). Further film credits include “Battle of the Bulge” (1965), “The Rare Breed” (1966), “Seconds” (1966) and “Krakatoa: East of Java” (1969). She retired from acting during the mid-1970s and devoted her time to participation in her church choir. Her son John Branca became a well-known attorney whom represented rock musicians. Barbara was also the sister-in-law of former Major League pitcher Ralph Branca. (bio by: C.S.)


  • October, 06, 1928
  • USA


  • January, 01, 2013
  • USA


  • El Camino Memorial Park
  • California
  • USA

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