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Bobbi Jordan, a television, film and stage performer who starred in the TV series "General Hospital," "The Rounders" and "Blondie" and appeared in the films "Mame" and "A Guide for the Married Man," among others, died of a heart attack in Encinitas, Calif., on Nov. 9. She was 75.
Throughout her career, she performed onstage around the country, including a lead role in the first national tour of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company," as well as regional theater productions of "Guys and Dolls," "Damn Yankees" and "South Pacific."
Jordan transitioned into television in 1966, landing a series-regular role on the ABC Western "The Rounders," followed by roles on "Blondie," "Barbary Coast" and "Joe and Sons."
In the 1970s, she did a three-year stint as Terry Arnett on the daytime soap opera "General Hospital." She also had a co-starring role in the Steven Bochco-written "Turnabout" (l979) and guested in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," Ironside," "The Odd Couple," "Charlie's Angels," Diff'rent Strokes," "One Day at a Time," "Quincy M.E,," and "Highway to Heaven."
She appeared in films including "A Guide for the Married Man" with Walter Mathhau in 1967 and "Mame" with Lucille Ball in 1974.
Jordan, born Roberta Carol Bartlett, moved from her hometown of Hardinsburg, Ky., to Chicago and then headed to Los Angeles to study opera. She was working as cocktail waitress at P.J.'s when a manager heard her singing in the kitchen and offered her a chance to audition for a musical the club was producing. Jordon was cast as the lead in this modern-day telling of the Cinderella story and was signed by William Morris.
Jordan's husband, longtime television writer William Jacobson, died last year.
She is survived by her son, Jordan Roberts, a screenwriter and director; her grandchildren, Brandon Roberts, a rock musician-songwriter, and Cameron Roberts; a sister, Reba Sue Waters; and a stepdaughter, Jessie Jacobson.
A memorial serevice will be held Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Self Realization Fellowship Temple, 939 Second St., Encinitas, CA 92024.