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Joanna Barnes



American actress Joanna Barnes went from Southern-belle complacency to a contract with Warner Bros. studios. Joanna was generally cast as steely-eyed, truculent blondes in such films as Home Before Dark (1958) and (freelancing for director Stanley Kubrick) Spartacus (1960). She also held the dubious distinction of being the latest in a long line of "Janes" in the 1959 cheapie Tarzan of the Apes. Barnes worked a great deal on television in the 1950s and 1960s: she was detective Dennis Morgan's girl Friday on 1959's 21 Beacon Street; the ex-wife of pennyante attorney Peter Falk in the 1965 weekly drama The Trials of O'Brien; and the hostess of the 5-minute ABC gossipfest Dateline Hollywood. In 1973, Joanna gave up acting to pursue a career as a novelist, and to that end took a room in a Los Angeles office building leased exclusively to professional writers. While Joanna Barnes might not be remembered for her writings, she made an indelible impression as Vassar-educated socialite Gloria Upson, who spoke as though she had novacaine in her upper lip (the playwrights' description of the character) in the 1958 film comedy Auntie Mame.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% The Parent Trap
  • Vicki Blake
1998
No Score Yet I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now? (Kill My Wife Please)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet B.S. I Love You
  • Jane Ink
1971
No Score Yet Don't Make Waves
  • Diane Prescott
1967
83% The War Wagon
  • Lola
1967
No Score Yet Goodbye Charlie
  • Janie
1964
89% The Parent Trap
  • Vicky Robinson
1961
96% Spartacus
  • Claudia Marius
1960
No Score Yet Tarzan, the Ape Man
  • Jane Parker
1959
92% Auntie Mame
  • Gloria Upson
1958
No Score Yet Home Before Dark
  • Cathy Bergner
1958

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest

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