Joanna Barnes

Actor, Writer
Joanna Barnes clawed her way up the Hollywood ladder during the late 1950s. After several appearances on second string television series and a role as a "Bit Model" in the '57 noir "The Garment Jungle," Barnes scored a ... Read more »
Born: 11/15/1934 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (20)

Then Came You 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Parent Trap 1998 (Movie)

Vicki (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Betty White Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

What's My Line? 1968 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Eddie 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

B.S., I Love You 1969 (Movie)

Jane Ink (Actor)

Dateline: Hollywood 1966 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Make Waves 1967 (Movie)

Diane Prescott (Actor)

The Trials of O'Brien 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The War Wagon 1966 (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

Goodbye, Charlie 1964 (Movie)

Janie (Actor)

The Parent Trap 1961 (Movie)

Vicky Robinson (Actor)

The Purple Hills 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

Claudia (Actor)

Auntie Mame 1958 (Movie)

Gloria Upson (Actor)

Home Before Dark 1958 (Movie)

Cathy Bergner (Actor)

Violent Road 1958 (Movie)

Peg Lawrence (Actor)

Biography

Joanna Barnes clawed her way up the Hollywood ladder during the late 1950s. After several appearances on second string television series and a role as a "Bit Model" in the '57 noir "The Garment Jungle," Barnes scored a breakthrough as the uppity Gloria Upson in the comedy of manners "Auntie Mame." She was honored at the Golden Globes the following year, where she received a nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Her performance caught the attention of young auteur Stanley Kubrick, who cast her as Claudia in his epic 1960 retelling of "Spartacus." Between ever more prominent TV appearances, Barnes found success yet again as the thorny gold digger Vicky Robinson in the family comedy "The Parent Trap." When Disney remade the film in 1998, Barnes was hired again, and played the mother of her original character. Her popularity and visage well established, Barnes kept up appearances in the '60s as a regular panelist on the popular game show "What's My Line?," and served as host of televised industry rag "Dateline: Hollywood" in 1967. Over the following years, Barnes's interest in acting waned. An aspiring writer, she performed with increasing infrequency and used the time off to pen the first of three novels. For years, her lifestyle column, "Touching Home," appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

EDUCATION

Smith College

Northampton , Massachusetts

Milestones

1958

Film acting debut

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