British-born actress who appeared in both British and American films,but who found her greatest success in Hollywood second leads. After avariety of jobs, including nurse, chorus girl and milkmaid, Barnesentered vaudeville. She appeared in more than a score of short comedieswith comedian 'Stanley Lupino' before making her feature bow in1931. Two years later she achieved prominence as one of the half-dozenwives of the King in The Private Life of Henry VIII.
(1933) . Thefollowing year she moved to Hollywood and began a career as thesmart-aleck pal of the lead or as the angry "other woman. " Barnes alsoplayed numerous leading roles, but spent most of the 1930s and 40s instrong supporting parts. In 1940 she married football star (and laterproducer) 'M. J.
Frankovich' and after the war, they moved to Italyand appeared in several films there and elsewhere in Europe. Sheretired from films in 1954, but returned for a few roles in the late60s and early 70s. She worked busily with numerous charities until herdeath in 1998. Her early work, beginning at age 15, included milkmaid, nurse, chorusgirl, dance hostess and a vaudeville rope-twirling act in which she wasknown as "Texas Binnie Barnes. " Her acting debut, with'Charles Laughton' , was in 1929 in Silver Tassie; her film debutwas the English movie Night in Montmartre (1931) .
She did 26comedy shorts with 'Stanley Lupino' , which led to her playingCatherine Howard in Laughton's The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933) and a year later a partin Douglas Fairbanks' The Private Life of Don Juan (1934) . In1934, 'Carl Laemmle Jr. ' brought her to Hollywood where she playedin more than 75 movies including Diamond Jim (1935) with'Edward Arnold (I)' , The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) with 'Gary Cooper (I)' , and The Three Musketeers (1939) with 'Don Ameche' . In 1940, she married UCLA football star (andlater Columbia Studios producer) 'M.
J. Frankovich' . They moved toItaly after World War II where she made more films. She returned toHollywood in the 1960s, playing in TV series and as Sister Celestine inthe two 'Rosalind Russell (I)' "Angels" movies. Her last film was 40 Carats (1973) starring 'Liv Ullmann' and'Gene Kelly (I)' .
Her husband died in 1992; she died six yearslater, aged 95, at her home in Beverly Hills. She was survived by twosons and a daughter. .
|1||Angels with Broken Wings||1941||as Sybil Barton|
|2||Broadway Melody of 1938||1937||as Caroline Whipple|
|3||Call Out the Marines||1942||as Violet 'Vi' Hall|
|4||I pirati di Capri||1949||as Queen Maria Carolina|
|5||Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play||1941||as Herself|
|6||The Divorce of Lady X||1938||as Lady Claire Mere|
|7||The First Hundred Years||1938||as Claudia Weston|
|8||The Hour Before the Dawn||1944||as May Heatherton|
|9||The Man from Down Under||1943||as Aggie Dawlins|
|10||The Three Musketeers||1939||as Milady De Winter|
|11||The Trouble with Angels||1966||as Sister Celestine|
|12||Wife, Husband and Friend||1939||as Cecil Carver|
|13||This Is Show Business||1949||as Herself - Panelist|
|14||Til We Meet Again||1940||as Comtesse de Bresac|
|15||40 Carats||1973||as Maud Ericson|
|16||A Dream Comes True||1935||as Herself|
|17||Always Goodbye||1938||as Harriet Martin|
|18||Barbary Coast Gent||1944||as Lil Damish|
|19||Breezing Home||1937||as Henrietta Fairfax|
|20||Counsels Opinion||1933||as Leslie|
|21||Day-Time Wife||1939||as Blanche|
|22||Decameron Nights||1953||as Contessa di Firenze/Nerina the Chambermaid/The Old Witch|
|23||Diamond Jim||1935||as Lillian Russell|
|24||Down Our Street||1932||as Tessie Bernstein|
|25||Dr. Josser, K.C.||1931||as Rosa Wopp|
|26||Forbidden Territory||1934||as Valerie Petrovna|
|27||Frontier Marshal||1939||as Jerry|
|28||Gateway||1938||as Mrs. Fay Sims|
|29||Getting Gerties Garter||1945||as Barbara|
|30||Gift of Gab||1934||as Maid|
|31||Heads We Go||1933||as Lil Pickering|
|32||Herbie Day at Disneyland||1974||as Herself|
|33||Holiday||1938||as Mrs. Laura Cram|
|34||I Married an Angel||1942||as Peggy|
|35||If Winter Comes||1947||as Natalie Bagshaw|
|36||In Old California||1942||as Lacey Miller|
|37||Its in the Bag!||1945||as Eve Floogle|
|38||La Fiesta de Santa Barbara||1935||as Herself|
|39||La strada buia||1950||as Esther Clementi|
|40||Legends of the West||1992||as Actress in 'Frontier Marshal|