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Barbara LeMond, 87; Performed With Sister as the Brewster Twins

June 25, 2005|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Barbara Brewster LeMond, 87, the remaining member of the Brewster Twins, who had a brief career on screen in the late 1930s and early '40s, died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia Tuesday in an Oceanside hospital.

Brewster and her twin, Gloria, were under contract to 20th Century Fox in the late 1930s when they were dubbed "the Most Beautiful Twins in America" and appeared in nine films. They included "Little Miss Broadway," starring Shirley Temple; "Wife, Doctor and Nurse," starring Loretta Young; "Hold That Coed," starring John Barrymore; and "Ditto," a comedy short starring Buster Keaton.

Barbara Brewster went on to perform on the New York stage with Sophie Tucker, among other stars, and as an ingenue lead with Montgomery Clift in "Foxhole in the Parlor."

During World War II, she performed in USO shows in the South Pacific, where she met her future husband, Bob LeMond, a radio and television announcer to whom she was married for 58 years.

She retired from show business in 1946 and later moved to Bonsall, Calif.

Barbara and Gloria Brewster were born Naomi and Ruth Stevenson in Tucson in 1918 and were raised in Encinitas. Gloria Brewster Stroud died in 1996.

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