Barbara is an identical twin—born and raised in Jackson Heights, NY, which she describes as an ideal place to grow up. It is very close to Shae stadium. She loves being a twin—they are mirror images of each other, (but they never played tricks on others by switching identities). Her family later moved to Long Island—a very different lifestyle (more visibly the rich and famous). Barbara is a Billy Joel aficionado—she feels he captures the tone of her native land. She attended Hofstra University—then went into the fashion industry as a buyer. She loved being part of the garment industry. Marriage took her to Dallas, where she opened her own business in paper goods and became PaperChick. She took the business with her to California, and is still in the paper business today. She is also the proud mother of Michael, a hi-tech wiz.