Singer Barbara Mandrell

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 2, 2006

Whatever happened to Barbara Mandrell, one of the most talented entertainers ever?
—Patricia Prather, Mabank, Texas

After 38 years in the public eye, the multitalented Mandrell retired from performing in 1997. These days she exercises her creativity through gardening, mosaic-tile art and faux painting. "I've painted three ceilings," she happily reports. She also enjoys going to hockey games. "My husband and I are hockey nuts, but he tells me that if there is not a hockey game, it's hard to get me out of the house." The former superstar, who was voted Entertainer of the Year two times by the Country Music Association, has no plans to return to the spotlight. "Now I sing in the pew at church like everybody else."