Binnie Barnes

Highest Rated: 100% Holiday (1938)
Birthday: May 25, 1903
Birthplace: Not Available
Actress Binnie Barnes enjoyed a 30-year career on both sides of the Atlantic, and despite appearances in several notable films in her native England, she found her most lasting success in Hollywood, where she was best remembered for her tart-tongued portrayals. She was born Gittel Enoyce Barnes in London to a British father who was Jewish and an Italian mother. She was raised Jewish, although she converted to Catholicism upon her second marriage; later in life, she also took the formal name Gertrude Maude Barnes. It took until her teens before she actually entered performing, as a trick-rope artist in vaudeville (billed as "Texas Binnie Barnes"). Around that career start at 15, she also worked as a nurse, chorus girl, dance hostess, and milkmaid over the next few years. Barnes didn't start formal acting until age 26, working with Charles Laughton on stage. And apart from one appearance in a 1923 silent, she made her proper screen debut in 1931 in a series of short films, cast opposite comedian Stanley Lupino. Barnes was later signed to Alexander Korda's fledgling London Films, through which she was cast in movies such as Counsel's Opinion (1932) and other minor productions, earning the princely sum of 35 pounds (roughly $180) a week, which was actually very good money by ordinary standards, but hardly as star's compensation. She had something of a breakthrough in Korda's 1933 film The Private Life of Henry VIII portraying Catherine Howard, which gave her valuable exposure in England and America (where the movie was extraordinarily popular). Barnes was in the stage version of Cavalcade which, in turn, led to Hollywood to do the movie version and marked the beginning of her American career. Although she was initially uncomfortable in Hollywood, it was there that she spent most of the rest of her screen career. It helped that during the next few years she suppressed her English accent and developed a new, sassier persona as a wise-cracking female character lead, with her tall, imposing beauty and good looks, she was still attractive, but was usually cast as the heroine's best friend or older sister, and frequently with the best lines in those roles. At her best in those years, Barnes was a sort of trans-Atlantic rival to Eve Arden, cast in the same kind of sarcastic, knowing, yet attractive female roles. She still occasionally worked in films in England, including Korda's The Private Life of Don Juan and The Divorce of Lady X (a remake of Counsel's Opinion, in which Merle Oberon played her former role, while Barnes played the wife in the comedy of mistaken identity).Barnes had a sense of humor about herself that allowed her to work comfortably opposite performers such as the Ritz Brothers (The Three Musketeers), in which she was turned upside down and shaken by the comic trio; Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in The Time of Their Lives, in which she had one of the funniest "in" joke lines in the history of Hollywood (when meeting the intense, taciturn housekeeper played by Gale Sondergaard, Barnes' character remarks, "Didn't I see you in 'Rebecca'?"). She also got to portray a lusty side to her screen persona as the lady pirate Anne Bonney in The Spanish Main (a role originally slated for June Duprez), which afforded her a great death scene as well as some fierce and entertaining interactions with Maureen O'Hara, as the two contended for the affections of Paul Henried.In 1940, she married her second husband, actor/announcer-turned-film executive Mike Frankovich, and the two eventually moved to Italy following the end of the Second World War. There she produced movies, as well as acting in them, including Decameron Nights (1953) (in which -- shades of Alec Guinness -- she played eight different roles). Barnes retired in 1955 to devote herself to her home life, but in the mid-'60s, at her husband's insistence, she started to work again, on television and in feature films. She resumed acting on The Donna Reed Show, in two episodes three

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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No Score Yet 40 Carats Maud Eriason 1973
No Score Yet Where Angels Go---Trouble Follows! Rosabelle 1968
No Score Yet The Trouble With Angels Sister Celestine 1966
No Score Yet Decameron Nights Contessa de Firenze 1953
No Score Yet The Pirates of Capri Queen Carolina 1949
No Score Yet The Dude Goes West Kiki Kelly 1948
No Score Yet If Winter Comes Natalie Bagshaw 1947
No Score Yet The Time of Their Lives (The Ghost Steps Out) Mildred Prescott 1946
No Score Yet The Spanish Main Anne Bonney 1945
No Score Yet It's in the Bag Eve Floogle 1945
80% Getting Gertie's Garter Barbara 1945
No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent Lil Damish 1944
No Score Yet Up In Mabel's Room Alicia Larchmont 1944
No Score Yet The Man From Down Under Aggie Dawlins 1943
No Score Yet I Married an Angel Peggy 1942
No Score Yet In Old California Lacey Miller 1942
No Score Yet Skylark Myrtle Vantine 1941
No Score Yet Three Girls About Town Faith Banner 1941
No Score Yet Melody Master Actor 1941
No Score Yet 'Til We Meet Again Countess de Vaubert 1940
No Score Yet Day-Time Wife Blanche 1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal Jerry 1939
No Score Yet Wife, Husband and Friend Cecil Carver 1939
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers Milady De Winter 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
100% Holiday Laura Cram 1938
No Score Yet The Divorce of Lady X Lady Claire Mere 1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Marco Polo Nazama 1938
100% Broadway Melody of 1938 Caroline Whipple 1937
86% Three Smart Girls Donna Lyons 1936
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans Alice 1936
No Score Yet Small Town Girl (One Horse Town) Priscilla 1936
No Score Yet Rendezvous Olivia 1935
No Score Yet Diamond Jim Actor 1935
No Score Yet Gift of Gab Guest 1934
No Score Yet The Private Life of Don Juan Rosita, a Maid Pure and Simple 1934
100% The Private Life of Henry VIII Katherine Howard 1933

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