Comedian and actor Don Rickles is dead at the age of 90. His death was the result of kidney failure, his publicist reported Thursday.
He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Barbara, a daughter and grandchildren.
Barbara Rickles — formerly Sklar — was born in Philadelphia
and worked in the entertainment industry as well.
Here’s what you need to know about her and Don’s relationship:
1. The Couple Recently Celebrated Their Anniversary
Don and Barbara Sklar met through his agent. She was his agent’s secretary.
Don said that he fell in love with her when she didn’t understand his sense of humor. They got married a short while later on March 14, 1965. The couple celebrated their 52-year wedding anniversary together just weeks ago.
Don had previously admitted that he had a tough time romantically, which is why he didn’t get married until he was 38. When they first met,
2. Don & Barbara Had 2 Children Together, 1 Died In 2011
The Rickles’ had two children together, Mindy and Larry Rickles.
In 2011, Larry, who was an Emmy Award-winning producer, died at the age of 41 due to respiratory failure due to pneumonia.
3. Barbara Acted In a Few Movies & On TV
While Don was the one known for his stand-up comedy and acting, Barbara tested her hon at it as well.
She appeared in Don’s TV show, This Is Your Life in 1972 as herself and then was in a documentary about her husband titled Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.
She also had an uncredited role on the TV movie George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business in 1983.
4. The Couple Were Best Friends With the Newharts & Vacationed Together
Throughout his professional life, Don and Bob Newhardt were best friends.
It remained that way even after both got away from the spotlight. Even though the two have different backgrounds and character, they always appreciated one another.
Don told Variety in a 2012 interview that they hold many of the same values and have “traveled over the world” together with their wives.
We’re apples and oranges. I’m a Jew, he’s a Catholic. He’s low-key, I’m a yeller. But we share the same values, marriage, children and grandchildren. We’ve traveled all over the world together with our wives, and in all that time we’ve never had a serious argument. So many things happen, there’s so much sadness. But we can laugh together.
5. Barbara Would Swith Her Work Hours to His Just So She Could Eat With Him
The two had to be apart for a lot of the time because of Don’s acting career. Because of that, Barbara reportedly “matched her hours to his” and would join him on sets for meals, that were served early in the morning.
In an interview in 1996 with The New York Times, Don called her very level-headed and gracious, which is unlike him. He often described his wife as his rock, crediting her for once “saving his life” while filming the movie Casino.
Barbara is a private person, not what you would think Don Rickles would marry. When I married Barbara, I married a Valium. She’s not one to wave to the crowd. She’s gracious and lovely. I’m very shy so I became very outgoing to protect my shyness. She understands that.
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