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Wendy Barrie

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Wendy Barrie

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Wendy Barrie, born Marquerite Wendy Jenkins, was a British actress who appeared in more than 15 British films and more than 30 Hollywood films through her career. While still in her teens, she began pursuing a career as an actress, therefore, adopting the stage name Wendy Barrie. She began her acting life in English theatre, and then in 1932 made her screen debut in the film Threads. Barrie went on to make a string of motion pictures for London Films under the Korda brothers, Alexander and Zoltan, the best-known of which is the 1933 film The Private Life of Henry VIII in which Barrie portrayed Jane Seymour.

In 1934, she appeared in Freedom of the Seas and the following year, she moved to the United States and made her first Hollywood film for the Fox Film Corporation opposite Spencer Tracy in the romantic comedy, It's a Small World. In 1936, Barrie, loaned to MGM, starred opposite James Stewart in the film Speed. In 1939 she starred with Richard Greene and Basil Rathbone in the 20th Century Fox version of The Hound of the Baskervilles and with Lucille Ball in RKO's Five Came Back. During the early 1940s, Barrie was scene in a series of The Saint and The Falcon mystery films with George Sanders.

During the late 1940s, Barrie transitioned her talents from film to television. During 1948 and 1949 she hosted a DuMont Television Network comedy called The Adventures of Oky Doky which featured a cowboy pupper. However, Barrie is best remembered by national audiences as host of one of the first-ever television talk shows: The Wendy Barrie Show, which debuted in November 1948 on ABC, then ran on DuMont Television and NBC, ending its run in September 1950. For the remainder of her career, she continued to appear on network television on panel shows and as a guest star in the early 1950s, and also as a spokesperson for commercial products.

Fact file

  • Born: Marguerite Wendy Jenkins 18 April 1912 Hong Kong
  • Died: 2 February 1978 (aged 65) Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Years active: 1932–1962

Read more about Wendy Barrie at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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WESTWARD, HO!The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey is presenting “The Grapes of Wrath,” with Wendy Barrie-Wilson, above left, as Ma Joad, and Christian Conn as Tom Joad.

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