Actress Joanna Barnes, of ‘Parent Trap’ fame, dies at 87 – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
THE SEA RANCH, Calif. — Longtime film and television actress Joanna Barnes, who appeared in both versions of “The Parent Trap,” died Friday at her California home after a long illness. She was 87 years old.
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The actor had faced ‘multiple health issues’, his friend Sally Jackson says The Hollywood Reporter.
Barnes also starred as Jane opposite Denny Miller in 1959’s ‘Tarzan the Ape Man’. She also appeared opposite Kirk Douglas in ‘Spartacus’ the following year and 1967’s ‘The War Wagon’. as well as starring Tony Curtis in 1964’s “Goodbye Charlie” and 1967’s “Don’t Make Waves,” the entertainment outlet reported.
Barnes is best remembered for her 1961 turn as gold digger Vicky Robinson in the original “The Parent Trap” and its 1998 remake in which she played Robinson’s mother, Vicki Blake, Deadline reported.
Meanwhile, the Boston native’s long television career spanned decades and included starring roles in three series: “21 Beacon Street,” “The Trials of O’Brien” and “Dateline Hollywood.” She also frequently made guest appearances on shows such as “The Millionaire”, “Mannix”, “Murder She Wrote”, “Cheers”, “What’s My Line”, “To Tell the Truth”, and “The Johnny Carson Show”. , the entertainment news site reported.
Barnes was also a prolific author and newspaper columnist, whose best-loved works included 1970s “The Deceivers,” which chronicled a young actress’s alienation from Hollywood, and 1980s “Pastora,” which the critic Kevin Mims claimed to have done for California’s Gold. Rush to what Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone with the Wind’ did for the Civil War in the American South, HUD reported.
Barnes’ other two novels included “Who Is Carla Hart” and “Silverwood”. She was also a regular book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times and wrote “Touching Home,” a syndicated column dedicated to interior design, according to the outlet.
Born in Boston in 1934, Barnes grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Smith College before taking Hollywood by storm and earning a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Gloria Upson in ” Auntie Mame” from 1958. Deadline reported.
According to THRBarnes was married three times: to Richard Herndon, Lawrence Dobkin and Jack Lionel Warner.
She is survived by two sisters, Lilly Barnes Freeman and Judith Barnes Wood; three stepchildren: John Barnes, Laura Warner and Louise Warner; and her beloved dog, Gracie Warner.
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