We are very sad to learn that Joanna Barnes, a renowned theatre and movie actress best remembered for her appearances in the 1961 film “The Parent Trap” and its 1998 adaptation, died Friday. She was 89 years old.
Barnes passed way on Friday at her home in Sea Ranch, California, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Her friend Sally Jackson told the publication that Barnes had been suffering from “multiple health problems.”
In the original “The Parent Trap,” Barnes played the cruel gold-digger Vicky Robinson, and in the 1998 remake, she became Vicki Blake, the mother of renamed conniver Meredith. Barnes also starred in the films “Home Before Dark,” “The War Wagon,” and “Spartacus”.
For her role as Gloria Upson in the 1958 film “Auntie Mame,” she was nominated for a Golden Globe. Barnes has an extensive list of TV credits, including “21 Beacon Street,” “The Trials of O’Brien,” and “Dateline Hollywood,” and was a frequent guest star on shows like “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Murder.”
Barnes was widowed in 2012 after marrying Jack Lionel Warner in 1980. Two of her previous marriages had ended in divorce. Her sisters Lally Barnes Freeman of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Judith Barnes Wood of Snellville, Georgia, as well as her dog, Gracie Warner were her closest family members. Everyone at Thirsty sends our heartfelt condolences to those whose lives Joanna touched.
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