Although she was born in the U.S., she spent most of her childhood in Tokyo, Japan, because her father Conrad Stanton Babcock, Jr. General of the United States Army was. Barbara learned Japanese, even before she spoke English.
Babcock has occurred since the 1960s as a guest star in numerous television series, including, inter alia in Quincy, Murder, She Wrote, Remington Steele, Chicago Hope and more In Star Trek they played as Mea III in A Taste of Armageddon (English War of the computer ) and as Philana in Plato's Stepchildren. A wider audience it was primarily for her roles in the TV series Dallas, Hill Street Blues and Dr. Quinn - Medicine Woman known.
In the movies she appeared in, among others, in a distant land and Space Cowboys.
In 1994, she was named by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.