Binnie Barnes

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Binnie Barnes
Binnie Barnes.jpg
Born Gertrude Maud Barnes
(1903-05-25)25 May 1903
Islington, London, England
Died 27 July 1998(1998-07-27) (aged 95)
Beverly Hills, California USA
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1923–73
Spouse(s) Samuel Joseph (m. 1931–37)
Mike Frankovich (m. 1940–92) (his death); 3 children

Gertrude Maud "Binnie" Barnes (25 May 1903 – 27 July 1998)[1] was an English actress whose career in films spanned fifty years, from 1923 to 1973.

Life and career[edit]

Barnes was born in Islington, the daughter of Rosa Enoyce and George Barnes, a policeman.[2] Her father was Jewish and her mother of Italian descent.

She began her acting career in films in 1923, appearing in a short film made by Lee De Forest in his Phonofilm sound-on-film process. Her film career continued in Great Britain, most notably in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) as Katherine Howard, Henry's fifth wife. Later her career continued in Hollywood, until 1973, when she appeared in the comedy 40 Carats, her last acting role.

She was married, secondly, to film producer Mike Frankovich, a Roman Catholic, for whom she converted to Catholicism, and later a naturalized United States citizen. The couple adopted three children.[3]

She died in 1998 of natural causes, aged 95, in Beverly Hills, California. She was survived by her three children, including production manager, Mike Frankovich, Jr., and producer Peter Frankovich. She was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to the General Registry Office (GRO), there was only birth recorded in 1903, registered at Islington, to a Gertrude Maud Barnes:
    Civil Registration event: Birth
    Name: BARNES, Gertrude Maud
    Registration District: Islington
    County: London
    Year of Registration: 1903
    Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
    Mother's Maiden Name: Not available before 1911 Q3
    Volume No: 1B
    Page No: 245
    NOTE: As her parents' names are unknown it is impossible to tell how the supposed birth names of Gittel Enoyce or Gitelle Enoyce came about.However, "Gittel" would have been a Yiddish or Hebrew name for Gertrude, given by a rabbi during a Jewish ceremony naming the baby.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Details re personal life

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