Joanna Barnes Dies: Veteran Actress In Two Versions Of 'The Parent Trap' Was 89

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Matthew Kruk

May 12, 2022, 10:06:47 PMMay 12

Kenny McCormack

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April 30, 2022 1:50pm

Joanna Barnes, a longtime film and television actress who appeared
in both versions of the classic comedy The Parent Trap, died Friday
at her home in The Sea Ranch, California. She was 89 and succumbed to
what was described as a lengthy illness by friend Sally Jackson.

In 1961 she played the role of gold digger Vicky Robinson in the
original movie The Parent Trap. In the 1998 remake, she had the role of
Vicki Blake, the gold digger's mother. Her many film credits include
Home Before Dark, Spartacus and The War Wagon, starring opposite
legendary leading men John Wayne and Kirk Douglas.

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John Wayne, Joanna Barnes and Kirk Douglas in `The War Wagon,' 1967
Everett Collection

Her extensive television credits include starring in three series, 21
Beacon Street, The Trials of O'Brien, and Dateline Hollywood. She was a
frequent guest on dozens of TV series including The Millionaire,
Mannix, Murder She Wrote, and Cheers. Joanna was a guest on many of
TV's early quiz programs and chat shows including What's My Line, To
Tell the Truth, and The Johnny Carson Show.

Born in 1934 in Boston, she grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts. She was
a graduate of Milton Academy and Smith College, where she was elected
to Phi Beta Kappa. She moved to California and soon drew the attention
of audiences playing the ditsy debutante, Gloria Upson, in the 1958
film, Auntie Mame. She was nominated for a Golden Globe award for that

While pursuing her acting career, Barnes was also an author. Her four
published novels inclube The Deceivers, Who is Carla Hart, Pastora, and
Silverwood. In non-fiction, she wrote Starting from Scratch, a book
that grew out of her syndicated newspaper column, "Touching Home".

Barnes married the architect Jack Lionel Warner in 1980. They lived in
Montecito, California in a house he designed. In 2005, they left Santa
Barbara County for The Sea Ranch, where Warner designed and built a
house for them overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He died in 2012.

Joanna's two earlier marriages ended in divorce. Her parents John
Pindar Barnes and Alice Weston (Mutch) predeceased her. She is survived
by her two sisters, Lally Barnes Freeman of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and
Judith Barnes Wood of Snellville, Georgia, and Jack's three children:
John Barnes of Goleta, California, Laura Warner of Santa Barbara, and
Louise Warner of Whidby Island, Washington. A lifelong animal lover,
she is also survived by her dog, Gracie Warner.

No memorial plans have been announced.

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