Vanda Theodora Barra

  • Born: October 3, 1924
  • Died: April 9, 2015
  • Location: Palm Springs, California

Rose Mortuary & Crematory

66424 Pierson Blvd.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Tel. (760) 251-7673

Tribute & Message From The Family

Long time Palm Springs resident, Vanda Barra, 90, passed away on April 9 after a long illness. Vanda worked in the entertainment field most of her life beginning as a model in New York City and then moving to California to pursue live theater and television. She is most recognized in her character roles in the "Here's Lucy show," "The Jeffersons," and "All In The Family." Vanda is survived by her sister, Theda Mauro, niece and nephew, Adrienne and Mark Mazar, a grand niece Gabriella Raffo, several grand nephews, Shane Mazar, Eric Mauro and Alex Mauro. Donations in her memory may be made to the Palm Springs Desert Aids Project. 1695 North Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, Ca. 92262.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by Lois Bondurich - Friend   April 09, 2018

Still miss our conversations. " once humans figured it out, then what is next.?"

Posted by Lois Vargo Bondurich - Palm Springs, CA - Friend   April 08, 2017

Happy Birthday to you, Vanda, in Heaven. Hope it's tea for you and the Angels.

Posted by Lois Bondurich - Palm Springs, CA - Friend   October 04, 2016


I met Vanda back in the 1970's through NYC actor friends (Dick Latessa and Ted Pugh were two she was particularly friends with) who were all studying Rudolf Steiner. She introduced us all to Willi Sucher and astrosophy and my life has not been the same. She was a force behind all our striving and particularly inspired me as i continue with the astrosophy work to this day and serve on the Board of Trustees of the Astrosophy Research Center. I have funny, powerful, fond memories of those years knowing Vanda. I just googled her to find out what had become of her and saw the obit today. I was looking her up because I remembered how often she spoke of the mission of Americans and had been doing some reading about that and again thought of her. If any family member can tell me a bit more about her later years in Palm Springs and if she continued with her study of Rudolf Steiner and Willi Sucher's astrosophy, I would very much appreciate it.

Posted by Jonathan Hilton - New York, NY - Friend   June 29, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vanda and her family. We will truly miss her.

Posted by Lois Bondurich - Palm Springs - Friend   April 30, 2015


You were a truly incredible actress. I loved you on the Here's Lucy show. I will always remember you. Rest in peace.

Posted by Justin Frederic - Toronto - Fan of "Here's Lucy" and Vanda   April 26, 2015

In memory of a terrifically talented, funny and feisty lady. I'm so sorry she's gone, but it was such a pleasure to get to know her over these last few years. The memories created when we finally met at the end of December are ones we will cherish.

Posted by Brock Weir - Aurora, Ontario   April 23, 2015