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Joanna Barnes
American actress and writer

Joanna Barnes

Joanna Barnes
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Intro American actress and writer
Is Actor Writer Novelist Television actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender female
Birth 15 November 1934, Boston
Age 88 years
Spouse: Lawrence Dobkin
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Joanna Barnes (born November 15, 1934) is an American actress and writer.

Early years

Barnes was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of John Pindar Barnes and Alice Weston Munch, with sisters Alice and Judith.

She attended Milton Academy and then Smith College, from which she graduated in 1956 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She majored in English. Barnes received the college's award for poetry, the immediate successor to Sylvia Plath for that recognition. Her research for a magazine article about making movies led to a career change to acting.


Barnes' initial appearance on television was in the episode The Man Who Beat Lupo on Ford Theatre. She made guest appearances on many television shows, including the ABC/Warner Brothers programs, 77 Sunset Strip and Maverick, CBS's Have Gun - Will Travel, "What's My Line" (11/28/1965), and the David Janssen crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

Barnes appeared as Kate Henniger, with Bing Russell and Arthur Space in the 1958 episode "Ghost Town" of the ABC/WB western series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston. In 1959, she portrayed Lola in the NBC detective series, 21 Beacon Street.

In the 1960s, Barnes worked for producer Martin Ransohoff and appeared in episodes of his The Beverly Hillbillies (Elly Goes to School and The Clampett Look) and was billed as special guest-star. Barnes played Peter Falk's former wife on the 1965–1966 CBS series The Trials of O'Brien and was host of the ABC daytime talk show Dateline: Hollywood in 1967.

She was also a frequent panelist in the early years of the syndicated version of What's My Line?. On December 19, 1972, Barnes appeared on The Merv Griffin Show with Joan Fontaine, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Dan Martino (founder of the Dan Martino School for Men).


With Peter Falk in The Trials of O'Brien
With Roger Moore in The Trials of O'Brien

Barnes moved to Los Angeles soon after finishing her education, and took up a contract with Columbia Pictures. She went on to have roles in more than 20 films.

Among her most remembered roles is her portrayal of the dimwitted Gloria Upson in Auntie Mame.

Barnes became the 13th actress to play Jane when she appeared in Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959), opposite Denny Miller as Tarzan.

In Disney's original 1961 version of The Parent Trap starring Hayley Mills, Barnes played gold-digger Vicky Robinson, who temporarily comes between Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith. In the 1998 remake starring Lindsey Lohan, she played Vicki Blake, the mother of the gold-digging girlfriend character.

In the 1960s, she appeared in The War Wagon, a lavish western movie starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas.


Barnes was also a writer and columnist. In 1973, she told newspaper columnist Dick Kleiner that she liked writing because "it is something you do yourself. With acting, if you win an Oscar or an Emmy, you have to thank everybody. If you write a book it is completely your own."

She wrote a book, Starting from Scratch, about home decorating and several novels, including The Deceivers (1970), Who Is Carla Hart? (1973), Pastora (1980), and Silverwood (1985). She wrote a weekly book review for the Los Angeles Times, and her column, Touching Home, was carried by The Chicago Tribune and the New York News Syndicate.


Barnes's performance in the film Auntie Mame (1958) as the snooty 'Gloria Upson' earned her a Golden Globe nomination for "New Star of the Year."

Personal life

On April 30, 1955, Barnes married Richard Edward Herndon; they later divorced. On June 24, 1962, she married actor Lawrence Dobkin; they divorced on January 16, 1967. On October 1, 1980, she married Jack Lionel Warner. She has no children, but during her marriage to Lawrence Dobkin, she was the stepmother of his daughter Deborah from his first wife, Frances Walker.

TV and filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1956 Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers Episode: "The Regiment"
1957 Ford Theatre Ileana Episode: "The Man Who Beat Lupo"
1957 Playhouse 90 Ellen Blackwell Episode: "The Blackwell Story"
1957 Garment Jungle, TheThe Garment Jungle Bit Model (uncredited)
1957 Conflict Betty Callister
Laura Ferris
Episode: "Anything for Money"
Episode: "The Velvet Cage"
1957–1960 Maverick Various 5 episodes
1957 Cheyenne Alice Chaney Episode: "Devil's Canyon"
1958 Cheyenne Adelaide Marshall Episode "Dead to Rights"
1958 Colt .45 Kate Henniger Episode: "Ghost Town"
1958 Too Much, Too Soon Party Girl (uncredited)
1958 Violent Road Peg Lawrence
1958 Onionhead Snobbish Girl at Party (uncredited)
1958 Home Before Dark Cathy Bergner
1958 Steve Canyon Joan Richards Episode: "Operation Diplomat"
1958 Auntie Mame Gloria Upson
1959 Beach Patrol Edie West TV movie
1959 21 Beacon Street Lola / Joana 11 episodes
1959 Tarzan, the Ape Man Jane Parker
1959 Hawaiian Eye Rikki Whitman Episode: "A Dime a Dozen"
1960 M Squad Tammy Worth Episode: "The Twisted Way"
1960 Philip Marlowe Lois Conway Episode: "Death Takes a Lover"
1960 Millionaire, TheThe Millionaire Karen Summers Episode: "Millionaire Karen Summers"
1960 The Man from Blackhawk Colette Episode: "Remember Me Not"
1960 Mr. Lucky Laura Lawrence Episode: "Taking a Chance"
1960 General Electric Theater Princess Camilla Episode: "The Ugly Duckling"
1960 Alcoa Theatre Eve Fremont Episode: "333 Montgomery Street"
1960 Richard Diamond, Private Detective Joyce Long Episode: "The Lovely Fraud"
1960 Dante Episode: "One for the Birds"
1960 Spartacus Claudia Marius
1960 Adventures in Paradise Diane Winthrope Episode: "Incident in Suva"
1960 Tab Hunter Show, TheThe Tab Hunter Show Episode: "Portia Go Home"
1961 Tab Hunter Show, TheThe Tab Hunter Show Isabelle Episode: "Dream Boy"
1961 Bringing Up Buddy Marcia Sutter Episode: "Buddy's Transfer"
1961 Michael Shayne Nora Episode: "Final Settlement"
1961 Stagecoach West Ruby Sanders Episode: "The Outcasts"
1961 Untouchables, TheThe Untouchables Marquise de Bouverais / Marcie McKuen Episode: "90-Proof Dame"
1961 Parent Trap, TheThe Parent Trap Vicky Robinson
1961 Bob Cummings Show, TheThe Bob Cummings Show Amanda Caulfield Episode: "Executive Sweet"
1961 Investigators, TheThe Investigators Georgette Episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly"
1961 Target: The Corruptors! Ann Fielding Episode: "The Golden Carpet"
1961 The Purple Hills Amy Carter
1961 Follow the Sun Doris #1 Episode: "The Primitive Clay"
1961 Cain's Hundred Carol Cheston Episode: "Five for One"
1962 Laramie Ruth
Lucy Barton
Episode: "This Barefoot Kid"
Episode: "War Hero"
1962 Sam Benedict Cordelia Montagne Episode: "Tears for a Nobody Doll"
1962 Have Gun-Will Travel Penelope Lacey Episode: "Penelope"
1962 Alcoa Premiere Sylvia Dorn Episode: "Mr. Easy"
1963 Alcoa Premiere Aggie McCrae Episode: "The Glass Palace"
1963 Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh Hour Dr. Sarah Crowley Episode: "My Name Is Judith, I'm Lost, You See"
1963 Empire Neva Bradford Episode: "Down There, the World"
1963 Philbert (Three's a Crowd) Angela Short film
1963 Beverly Hillbillies, TheThe Beverly Hillbillies Cynthia Fenwick Episode: "Elly Starts to School"
Episode: "The Clampett Look"
1963 77 Sunset Strip Lisa Cabot Episode: "88 Bars"
1964 Arrest and Trial Melinda Parsons Episode: "A Circle of Strangers"
1964 Farmer's Daughter, TheThe Farmer's Daughter Monica Episode: "The Next Mrs. Morley"
1964 Goodbye Charlie Janie Highland
1965 Dr. Kildare Dr. Suzanne Shary Episode: "Make Way for Tomorrow"
1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Connie Episode: "Simon Says Get Married"
1965–1966 Trials of O'Brien, TheThe Trials of O'Brien Katie O'Brien 5 episodes
1967 War Wagon, TheThe War Wagon Lola
1967 Don't Make Waves Diane Prescott
1967 Too Many Thieves Katie
1968 Off to See the Wizard Jane Parker Episode: "Tarzan the Ape Man"
1968 Mannix Phyllis Richards Episode: "Fear I to Fall"
1969 Name of the Game, TheThe Name of the Game Ardith Episode: "The Perfect Image"
1969 F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I. Episode: "The Prey"
1970 Nanny and the Professor Lynn Carlisle Episode: "The Scientific Approach"
1971 B.S. I Love You Jane Ink
1971 Eddie Sylvia TV movie
1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Hannah Episode: "Operation: Payoff"
1971 Alias Smith and Jones Janet Judson
Mrs. Hanley
Episode: "How to Rob a Bank in One Hard Lesson"
Episode: "Miracle at Santa Marta"
1972 Hawaii Five-O Bonnie Episode: "Didn't We Meet at a Murder?"
1972 Cool Million Angela Balcom Episode: "Assault on Gavaloni"
1973 Love, American Style Faith Schiller Episode: "Love and Legend"
1973 New Perry Mason, TheThe New Perry Mason Mrs. Ballinger Episode: "The Case of the Ominous Oath"
1973 McCloud Karen Chandler Episode: "The Solid Gold Swingers"
1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. Laura Daniels
Noreen Saunders
Episode: "The Working Heart"
Episode: "Death Is Only a Side Effect"
1974 Planet of the Apes Carsia Episode: "Up Above the World So High"
1975 SWAT Andrea Episode: "Death Carrier"
1975 Matt Helm Hannah Bigelow Episode: "Think Murder"
1975 Ellery Queen Camellia Justice Episode: "The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument"
1975 I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now? Clarice Oliver
1976 Quincy M.E. Margo Bentley / Barbara Miller Episode: "Who's Who in Neverland"
1976 Executive Suite Sharon Cody 3 episodes
1978 Betty White Show, TheThe Betty White Show Episode: "Play Misty for John"
1978–1979 Fantasy Island Various 3 episodes
1979 Charlie's Angels Julia Lathrop Episode: "Angels on Skates"
1980 Last Resort, TheThe Last Resort Episode: "Gone with a Whim"
1980 When the Whistle Blows Mrs. Hamilton Episode: "Macho Man"
1980 Trapper John, M.D. Roz Tremor Episode: "Girl Under Glass: Part 2"
1982 Barney Miller Mrs. Fitzjames Episode: "Chinatown: Part 1"
Episode: "Chinatown: Part 2"
1982 Hart to Hart Rosemary Wentworth Episode: "Hart's Desire"
1983 Remington Steele Claudette Crockett Episode: "My Fair Steele"
1985 Trapper John, M.D. Teresa Hillyer Episode: "In the Eyes of the Beholder"
1986 Benson Reba Sennett Episode: "Real Murder: Part 1"
Episode: "Real Murder: Part 2"
1987 Murder, She Wrote Lydia Barnett Episode: "The Way to Dusty Death"
1989 Cheers Valerie Crandell Episode: "The Visiting Lecher"
1998 Parent Trap, TheThe Parent Trap Vicki Blake She played Vicki in the Original "Parent Trap" movie in 1961
2000 Then Came You Lilian Episode: "Then Came the Monthiversary"

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