She was born Lavender Rosamund Marguerite Barnes, the nickname 'Pinkie' apparently referring to her babyhood complexion. Pinkie did not like the short forms of any of her three Christian names and was keen to be called a nickname. She played for England 11 times between 1946 and 1950 and won various trophies including the Championship of the Netherlands. She was British Doubles Finalist with the then World Champion, Hungary's Gizi Farkas. She was considered particularly glamorous among sports personalities of the late 1940s.
In 1952, she married the actor Sam Kydd; their son is the actor Jonathan Kydd. Following her marriage, Pinkie became an advertising copywriter, working for Masius & Ferguson, and was one of the first women in the UK to hold such a position.
- Pinkie Barnes obituary, Daily Telegraph, 4 October 2012. Accessed 2 November 2012
- "Pinkie Barnes". Telegraph. 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- Lavender Barnes obituary, The Times, 5 October 2012. Accessed 3 November 2012
- Jonathan Kydd website