Joanna Barnes was an American retired 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 1998 remake, The Parent Trap, Barnes played Vicki Blake, the mother of the gold-digging girlfriend character, Meredith Blake.
Joanna 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.
Joanna Barnes initially appeared in 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 included Auntie Mame, Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959), The War Wagon, Spartacus, Goodbye Charlie, and The Purple Hills.
Joanna Barnes 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.
Joanna Barnes died at her home in Sea Ranch, California, on April 29, 2022.
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