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Barbara Brilliant

Barbara Brilliant, television host, producer, columnist, consultant, journalist, communications and media consultant, musician.


  • Brilliant, Barbara was born on September 24, 1935 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Daughter of Saul and Esther (Saltzman) Lecker.

  • Education

    • Student, McGill Teachers College, 1953. Student, McGill Conservatory of Music. Associate of Arts, Sir George Williams University, Montreal, 1955.

      Bachelor in Psychology summa cum laude, Boston College, 1975.


    • Teacher Protestant School Board, Montreal, 1953-1958, director drama school, 1957-1958. Artist-in-residence City of Boston, 1978-1983. Television host, producer Station WBZ-television, Boston, 1979-1990.

      Freelance news producer AARP News Network, since 1989. Museum director Showtime Singers. Artistic director Showtime Singers, Bascially Broadway.

      Freelance writer, composer, lyricist. Columnist A&E Picks, Dear Barbara advice for people 40 plus, A&E Update, Brilliant Arts & Entertainment. Advisor Radcliff College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 1985.

      President Speechworks. Media public speaking coach and trainer. Television location host New England Cable News "Time For Living" program.

      Freelance journalist Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal, Banker and Tradesman, Cape Cod Times, Wedding Day. Aerobics instructor various workout centers.


    • Actor: Montreal area, 1957-1958, Boston area, since 1985. Composer (with Charles Segal): You're Not Alone, —, Time to Care, —, Talk to Me, —. Producer(, co-host national cable television show): Barbara & Bill, —,: Conversations With the Conductor, — (Best Program award, 1997).

      Composer (lyricist, producer): (Civil Defense) Brilliant! Better Late Than Never, 2001. Artistic director (plays) Showtime Singers Proclaimation Newton Mayor David Cohen, 2002.


    Member White House Conference on Aging, Washington, 1981. Advisor Cultural Affairs Commission, Newton, 1980—1982, National Committee to Study and Resolve Problems of Older Americans, Boston, since 1984. Member advisory board Radcliffe College Women.

    Spokesperson Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders Association, Boston, since 1985. Member Time Capsule Harvard Schlessinger Library., Cambridge, 1980. Advisor Massachusetts Secretary Elder Affairs, 1992—1993.

    Member of American Federation of television and Radio Artists, Cultural Commission Discover Newton Arts, Screen Actors Guild.



    Avocations: singing, tennis, piano, reading, aerobics.


    • Married Erwin Brilliant, June 29, 1958. Children: Bradley, Todd, Michelle.
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    Born September 24, 1935
    • 1953
      McGill Teachers College
    • 1955
      Sir George Williams University
    • 1975
      Boston College
    • 1953 - 1958
      Teacher, Protestant School Board
      Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Quebec, Canada
    • 1978 - 1983
      artist, -in-residence City of Boston
    • 1979 - 1990
      television host
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1989
      freelance news producer AARP News Network
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