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Veteran Actress Joanna Barnes’ Cause of Death Revealed


Joanna Barnes, a talented actress who starred in the classic comedy The Parent Trap, passed away Friday, April 29, 2022. Joanna Barnes’ cause of death was revealed after her death confirmed by friend Sally Jackson.

According to the reports, the actress, author, and newspaper columnist died at her home in The Sea Ranch, California. Joanna succumbed to what was explained as a lengthy illness.

Joanna Barnes was born on November 15, 1934, in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Milton Academy and then Smith College, from which Joanna graduated in 1956 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Veteran Actress Joanna Barnes' Cause of Death Revealed

The late actress received the college’s award for poetry, the immediate successor to poet Sylvia Path for this recognition. Barnes’ research for a magazine article about making films led to a career change to acting.

Her first appearance on television was in the episode “The Man Who Beat Lupo” on Ford Theatre. Later Joanna made guest appearances on many television series, including the ABC/Warner Bros. programs Maverick, and 77 Sunset Strip, CBS’s Have Gun – Will Travel, What’s My Line, and the crime drama Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

From 1960–to 1961, Barnes appeared on The Untouchables episode “90 Proof Dame” as the wife of a French exporter of brandy.

She also starred as Kate Henniger, with Arthur Space and Bing Russell in the 1958 episode “Ghost Town” of the ABC/WB western sequel Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston.

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Joanna Barnes’ Cause of Death Reported as Lengthy Illness

Joanna Barnes’ cause of death was reported as a lengthy illness by Sally Jackson. She died Friday at her home after dealing with “multiple health problems,” Joanna’s friend said.

In 1959, Barnes portrayed Lola in the NBC detective series 21 Beacon Street. She worked for producer Martin Ransohoff in the 1960s, appeared in episodes of his The Beverly Hillbillies, and was billed as a special guest star.

She played Peter Falk’s former wife on the series The Trials of O’Brien and also was the host of the ABC daytime talk show Dateline: Hollywood in 1967.

The talented actress was also a frequent panelist in the early years of the syndicated version of What’s My Line?. She starred on The Merv Griffin Show with Zsa Zsa Gabor, Joan Fontaine, and Dan Martino.

Joanna Barnes' Cause of Death at 89 was Announced
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Barnes moved to Los Angeles after finishing her education, and then took up a contract with Columbia Pictures. The star went on to have roles in more than 20 films.

Among her most notable roles is the snooty Gloria Upson in the film Auntie Mame, which earned Joanna a Golden Globe Award nomination for New Star of the Year.

Joanna became the 13th actress to play Jane when she starred in Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959), with American actor Denny Miller as Tarzan.

In Disney’s original 1961 version of The Parent Trap starring Hayley Mills, she played gold-digger Vicki Robinson, who comes between Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith.

In the 1998 remake starring Lindsay Lohan, the actress played Vicki Blake, the mom of the child-hating gold-digger and fiancée Meredith Blake. The artist appeared in The War Wagon, a western movie starring Kirk Douglas and John Wayne in 1967.

Joanna was also active as a writer and columnist. In 1973, Barnes told newspaper columnist Dick Kleiner that she is interested in writing because it is something you do yourself. She then added: “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.”

The late actress wrote a book, Starting from Scratch, about home decorating and several great novels, including The Deceivers, Who Is Carla Hart?, Pastora, and Silverwood.

She also wrote a weekly book review for the Los Angeles Times, and her column “Touching Home” was carried by the New York News Syndicate and The Chicago Tribune. The star gave her last great performance in the series “Then Came You” in 2000.

Barnes married three times: to Richard Herndon; to the director, actor, and Naked City narrator Lawrence Dobkin; and, from 1980 until his passing in 2012, architect Jack Lionel Warner, whose firm did work for the Los Angeles Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club.

Her two earlier marriages ended in divorce. The brilliant star moved with Warner from Montecito to The Sea Ranch in 2005.

Jonna’s parents Alice Weston and John Pindar Barnes predeceased her. She is survived by her sisters, Judith and Lally, and her stepchildren, John, Laura, and Louise.

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Reactions to Joanna Barnes’ Death

After the sad news of Joanna Barnes’ death was announced, his friends and fans quickly flooded social media with their tribute messages. Thousands of fans also took to Twitter to pay Pigonant tributes to the great actress.

Mike Barnes took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late actress, He said that Joanna was so good in ‘Auntie Mame’ and ‘The Parent Trap.’

Joanna Barnes' Death after a lengthy illness.
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One of her fans shared two pictures of the actress and said that she was so good at being such a snob & she didn’t mind that she had that legacy. Her fan also added that Joanna was a woman with an excellent sense of humor, kind & remained friends with many she worked with.

Author of the New York Times Benjamin Dreyer said that we had to call the whole thing off. “Well, it was ghastly. Well, it was just ghastly. Goodbye to Joanna Barnes,” he added.

Kate Gabrielle also expressed her deep sadness and said that she thought Joanna was as delightfully evil as Vicky in The Parent Trap when she was a kid. Kate added that as an adult who doesn’t like camping the movie gave her newfound sympathy for her high-maintenance gold digger.

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