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Binnie Barnes
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Actress
    (May 25, 1903-July 27, 1998)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Gittel Enoyce Barnes
    Appeared in the films 'The Private Life of Henry VIII' (1933), 'The Private Life of Don Juan' (1934), 'Diamond Jim' (1935), 'Three Smart Girls' (1936), 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1936), 'Broadway Melody of 1938' (1938), 'The Adventures of Marco Polo' (1938), 'Holiday' (1938), 'Skylark' (1941), 'In Old California' (1942), 'The Spanish Main' (1945), 'The Time of Their Lives' (1946), 'Malaga' (1954), 'The Trouble with Angels' (1966), 'Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows' (1969) and '40 Carats' (1973)
    She started in a vaudeville rope-twirling act for which she was billed as 'Texas Binnie.'
    While making comedy shorts with Stanley Lupino (Ida's father), she earned the nickname 'Pie Face' for being on the receiving end of so many custard pies.
    In her Hollywood films, she was usually typecast as either the 'other woman' or as the lead's smart-aleck friend.
    She said, 'Frankly, I've never been mad about acting. It just happened to be the only way I could make a living.'
    She was called 'a beauty carved of Grecian marble.'
    Noel Coward created the role of Fanny Bridge in his play 'Cavalcade' with her in mind (1931).
    She was also a successful business owner, running four dress shops.
    She was married to M.J. Frankovich for 52 years until his death.

Credit: C. Fishel


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