Barbara Cook (b. October 25, 1927 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American singer and actress, famed for creating roles in the musicals Candide and The Music Man, among many others.
Cook made her Broadway debut in 1951 as Sandy in the short-lived musical Flahooley. She next took roles in revivals of two Rodgers and Hammerstein hits: Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel. In 1955, she began to attract major critical praise when she played the supporting role of Hilda Miller in Plain and Fancy, a modest hit.