Joanna Barnes is an American actress and writer. In Disney's original The Parent Trap (1961), she played the gold-digger, Vicky Robinson, who temporarily comes between Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith. In the remake, Barnes played Vicki Blake, the mother of the gold-digging girlfriend character Meredith Blake.
Barnes was born in Boston, Massachusetts and attended Milton Academy and then Smith College, from which she graduated in 1956 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and majored in English. Barnes received the college's award for poetry, the immediate successor to Sylvia Plath for this recognition. Her research for a magazine article about making movies led to a career change to acting.
Barnes initially appeared on television with shows like 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, Have Gun - Will Travel, What's My Line, Private Detective, The Untouchables, Colt .45, 21 Beacon Street, The Beverly Hillbillies, Laramine, Barney Miller, Benson, Fantasy Island and The Trials of O'Brien. Her film credits include Auntie Mame, Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959), The War Wagon, Spartacus, Goodbye Charlie and The Purple Hills.
She was also a writer and columnist. Barnes wrote several books including Starting from Scratch, The Deceivers, Who Is Carla Hart?, Pastora and Silverwood. 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.
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