Joanna Barnes, an actress, known for her roles in The Parent Trap and Tarzan: The Ape Man, has died. She was 87.
The actress passed Friday at her Sea Ranch, Calif., home after enduring “multiple health problems,” her close friend Sally Jackson told The Hollywood Reporter.
Born Nov. 15, 1934, in Boston, Barnes graduated from Smith College in 1956 before moving to Hollywood. She appeared in such television shows as Maverick and Colt .45 before playing Jane Porter in 1959’s Tarzan: The Ape Man.
She’s also appeared onscreen in such shows as The Beverly Hillbillies, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaii Five-O, The New Perry Mason, Planet of the Apes, SWAT, Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Murder She Wrote, and Cheers. Barnes hosted the ABC daytime talk show Dateline: Hollywood in 1967 and was also a frequent panelist on the syndicated game show What’s My Line?
In addition, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Gloria Upson in 1958’s Auntie Mame. Barnes also starred with Kirk Douglas in 1960’s Spartacus.
Also a writer, Joanna Barnes was the immediate successor to Sylvia Plath for Smith College’s award for poetry, and she penned several novels, including The Deceivers (1970), Who Is Carla Hart? (1973), Pastora (1980), and Silverwood (1985). Additionally, she wrote a weekly book review for the Los Angles Times and the column “Touching Home” for The Chicago Tribune, which sparked her non-fiction book Starting from Scratch.
According to THR, Barnes was previously married to actor-director Richard Herndon, Naked City narrator Lawrence Dobkin, and architect Jack Lionel Warner.
She is survived by her sisters, Lally and Judith, and stepchildren John, Laura, and Louise.