Joan Barry (British actress)

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Joan Barry
Born Ina Florence Marshman Bell
(1903-11-05)5 November 1903
London, England
Died 10 April 1989(1989-04-10) (aged 85)
Marbella, Spain
Years active 1922–1932
Spouse(s) Henry Frederick Tiarks III
(m. 1936–1989; her death)

Joan Barry, born Ina Florence Marshman Bell (5 November 1903 - 10 April 1989) was an English film actress, whose career straddled the development of talkies.


She was a daughter of Francis Marshman Bell, who went to Sydney, and wife Norah Cavanagh.


Born in London, she had her first role at the age of 15. Barry appeared at St James's Theatre, London when seventeen. She memorably dubbed the voice of Anny Ondra in the early Alfred Hitchcock thriller Blackmail (1929). The limited sound technology available at the time meant that Barry had to dub the Czech actress in real time as she performed the role.

Barry appeared on-screen for Hitchcock in Rich and Strange two years later.

Marriages and issue[edit]

She retired from the screen after her first marriage to Henry Hampson in 1934. She had two children with her second husband, Henry Frederick Tiarks III (Woodheath, Chislehurst, 8 September 1900 - Marbella, 2 July 1995), a wealthy merchant banker, son of Frank Cyril Tiarks, whom she married on 3 October 1936. Henry Frederick Tiarks was married firstly on 27 April 1930 and divorced in 1936 Lady Millicent Olivia Mary Taylour of the Marquesses of Headfort (? - 24 December 1975). A daughter, Henrietta Joan Tiarks, married Robin Russell, the Marquess of Tavistock, who eventually became the 14th Duke of Bedford. She is now Henrietta, Dowager Duchess of Bedford. A son, Edward Henry Tiarks, died when he was only six months old in 1943.[1] She was the Godmother of James Macintyre Boyd.

Selected filmography[edit]


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