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Name Barnes, Joanna
Born / Died 1934–

The Joanna Barnes collection includes the manuscripts for Barnes' novels Pastora (Arbor House, 1980) and Silverwood (Simon and Schuster, 1985).

Also present in the collection are several professional letters between Barnes and her editor, Joni Evans, regarding Silverwood (1981-1985).


Joanna Barnes (1934 - ) is an actress and writer who went from contract player at Warner Bros. to co-star of several small screen vehicles before concentrating on a career as a journalist and novelist.

Barnes was born on November 15, 1934 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of an insurance company executive and his homemaker wife. After graduating from Smith College, Barnes embarked on a film career appearing in uncredited bit roles and as a guest performer on television shows like Playhouse 90 . In 1958, she enjoyed one of her best and most memorable roles, as the upper-crust fiancée of the titular character’s nephew in Auntie Mame . She is also remembered for her turn as a gold digger in Disney’s original version of The Parent Trap (1961) and played a variation on the role in the 1998 remake.

The actress found employment on the small screen throughout her career, ranging from supporting roles as a detective’s secretary in 21 Beacon Street (1959) to Peter Falk’s ex-wife in the legal drama The Trials of O’Brien (1965). Barnes served as co-host of Dateline: Hollywood (1967), a precursor to the numerous celebrity-based programs that exploded in the late 20th Century.

In the early 1960s, Barnes began writing the design column, “Touching Home,” which was handled by the Chicago Tribune-New York News syndicate. Around the same time, she also served as a freelance book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times. In 1968, Barnes published her first book, Starting from Scratch: A Guide to Home Decorating . Two years later, she released her first novel, Deceivers (Arbor House, 1970). Her subsequent forays into fiction include Who Is Carla Hart? (Arbor House, 1973), Pastora (Arbor House, 1980) and Silverwood (Simon & Schuster, 1985).

Library of Congress Subject Headings Women authors, American.
American literature -- Women authors -- 20th century.

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