Clipped From The Times
A Creator iBy MICHELLE CARTER r. Actress - author Joanna Barnes, .is - a - creator of images, both on screen and . oil paper, but she doesn't fit. many of them herself. 3 She is neither, shallow nor '. sjmplistic' (actress image rior" bookish and dull (writer - iinagcl. What does come', across'in talking' with her is a. ' m u U i - ta 1 e h ted wo rri a n ' w h o' recognizes no limits ta herself, as. a professional person. I Miss Barnes visited the. Bay Area ' recently - to. talk about the latest' in a long list of achievements: Her just - , published novel, "Who is Carta Hart?", (Arbor House, jjfi.95). The book is her third; toe first was a voiume on Some, decorating, and the - Second was another 'filmland - novel, "The Deceivers," Which sold - close to .a million 1 Although - she is probably tjest known for Iter acting credits, Miss Barnes has been Venting longer than acting. A tti Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, - she won the school :,s poetry award the year, after the honor - went, to he - - renowned poet Sylvia Rlath. :.. if After leaving schoo1.. she sir" out .in search ot' - a writing ija'reer.' She began with a Magazine assignment for a. behind the scenes'' article filmmaking. Her .research $nt her to Hollywood casting Hffices. - and she succeedett.in unching:her career 'in - aet: - Jig instead of writing. - :Although both of 'her novels : ire set in Hollywood, Miss lames contends - ?thatfshle fchose that setting only fceause it is the thing she Securities Measure for Women SACRAMENTO. - (AP Women's Lib has inched for - : ward - a bit iir - 'the all - male California Senate Under a bill ..approved: - by ' the - uppisr' - house 29 - 0. Friday, married women' - - .could' buy : leeurities initheirownrname' knows test'. - She maintains that "Who :is Carta - Hart?" could have taken place anywhere that it's the story of ' one woman's 'mental disintegration rather, than a story of ' Hollywood. - She. discusses the pill - pop - - ping episodes .in the book in .the same light.. . ' "The reliance onpillsis not . necessarily a symptom of a Hollywood character,, ,bu: 'rather a' 'symptom "of a neurotic character' - . , .. .."Nonetheless: the Malibu - beach party - scene includes the 5ame:: parade oi" casual drug - swapping, - homosexuality and musical beds - that - has become "cliche - in - books about Hollywood. ' The language of the characters in the - novel "is no less raunchy than their actions, but Miss Barnes, whose own speech is free of salty expletives; doesnt. believe it is .at all. distasteful or pornographic'.. . 'T.don't consider, it racy at ' all. I wouldn't use it unless it Misappropriate!" .. Both1 Joanna Barnes and Carta'' Hart,' - the emotionally , disturbed subject of the ' novel., arc actresses, but according to' Miss' Barnes, tha t ' s' where the similar! ty ends. Although none - of the - ; character's in the book are . meant to represent specific - Hollywood 'personalities, she .admits - thai "all - writers steal ' things." - ,; ': . i "We - observe ..the. voice.pat - : ' terrs:and;mannerjsins.of.:tiie. " people; around: us,' and - they ; appear in - we - characters we create.".. :.. - .:;' Joanna Barnes differs'in. still other ways - from Carta without.' their, husband's permission. '.;'...; ' - ';:. - ' .. - . "H'i; beer, the'ftqllcy .of ; . brokers - that eyenil . - a'.iady walks in - willi ..cash ..inh.er. ; , hand. - .she - .couldri't. buy: stock. ,7 in er - own - .'name'SvithQUtAer ' husba"hd'siappr'dy'al'.,.'' ;saEd . Sen - . tNiclias''Pi - tr4s;dtfl"e.V;:':' of Many Images Hart Miss Hart, partly' becaiise oE her sinking mental, condition, is shackled by her own achievements' as an ' actresswhereasMiss Barnes, the former Boston Cotillion debutante, probably - ranks close behind Gloria. Steinem. and; Betty Friedan in the - world of 1 ifcerate'd' women ; . . She - . ha;s; been - free to. - ' explore . and ' develop all the . facets of her talent andLper - . sonality and has achieved prominent - success on all. fronts. Although she main - ' ' tains, that she lias, never - encountered male prejudice : or had to compete with; men . for .their' jobs; .she has': sue - " - . cessfully. grappled with two vocations that men have - trad - - itionally dominated. ' The only area .where - she admits failure is in marraige., "I'm not thrilled with the idea of marriage," but it's like the .telephone .company.' It: doesn't always : work, ' but - it's the only - game in town." With two divorces behind her. she sees marriage as a developing, institution that will undergo startling changes before, if is a satis - lactorv.ari'a'ngement fot both;. parti.es. But that; doesnft mean 'that - there's, no man .in Joanna's life. She admits her .I - ee time is. spent cooking .and caring 'for. - 'my man" r .as. yet unidentified. . - in Uglu "of these - thoughts, it's - a - little surprising tb.,d;s - ' cover' what' it - is - in life. that. Joanna Barnes - would; still . ' .like to do.. . ,, . - . - - 'Fd'like to'have: a'cnild;. 1 . : ;u't :not - for. ' - the - - usual . ' reasons; I've. always. .been suspicious - of - themotives for having children - to make " them'.su'cceed where'the par - JOANNA ents failed and other reasons like that. - I'd like to have.a child - 'so , that ! coiiid have the sehse.of something growing. It's" - not like writing - another - book or, doinga - film ...something that.will be over' and finished. ' A' child i's.a continuing thing. . . But so are her careers. , ' Vv.he'n Joanna 'Barnes : ch'aii'ges - hats' from.' actress' to author',' she'r'ehts: off ice - pa'ce and .pends.Tegular - working - hours - there - "away from - the telephone, "the. mailman and Oakland Democrat who auL - hored: the; bill.. - His measure.: . now. - .befqre: . the Assembly .vould prohibit . vipkecrfromie(ngywifef to obtain - her..'hu'sbandjsi; per - . mission'tb - 'buy kecks - in fher own - name, - ; !' - ' ; ' - Tne - billiS'SB;JWv r - - - BARNES . the ..dogs - ,"' In. New; York ..she... took an:ofi'ice oyer the Israeli : Discount House' on - hifth A.vc - ;; nu'e ."but - .we bid to .evacuate. the fcii ding oil" ! e im - because of'the crazy. Arabs ' , . ' Bill.' if an' offer for .arpart in : a - .Marcus - We I by .episode : ' comes 'irom - her ' agent , Joanna simply shifts, gears, leaves the novel sirnroering in' .; ; the I office and - takes up. acting ' fr.r 'a n - .:rif ' wepk's. - Such : proTessional schizopfirenia - doesn't; appear - .to;hu'rt;ei'dier . career.'' . .' . - . . - . . . ;.; - : Although she.professi: a. general disinterest iri - .cloilies ; she - appeared for . the' inter - View 'in a: very chip. - Halston L'ilra - suecie. shirtdress. She - .also." expressed afondness Tor . feeoffrey Beenev'designsfand - ; ..blue jeans,, not 'necessarily i'n: that order". "... :, . : ; ' " ; '" Bufrwhateyer.lh.a'p'pr'o - . - ; Lpfiate iimage, : Beene'or ; blue - .; : jeans. ' Joanna' Barnes : - mafces: ; herself. comfoKtable in. the liote sh'?pp!eh'slt'o' - be - play - 1 - ing, whether; tie - cameras. are 'w4Bngi.n'oti4, - r"' ' - '. . ' .