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 - TV CAMEOS: Joanna Barnes She's Better Organized...
TV CAMEOS: Joanna Barnes She's Better Organized Than a Union : By ED MISUREU f MOST New Yorkers don't Startle easily, particularly those whose usual habitat is in the midtown area. However, any day now they may be jolted out of their blase unconcern by the sight of an extremely feminine, chic, mink-clad blonde putting two fingers to her lips and hailing a cab with a commanding, masculine whistle. "It may not be ladylike, but it's a great trick on a cold day," .smilingly said Joanna Barnes recently in her suite in a hotel In the fashionable East Sixties. "I am aware that it is an incongruous sight," she added, "but you'd be surprised how quickly cab drivers respond to it because of that very fact. The reaction of onlookers can only be described as amazing." . THE OFF-BEAT cab-hailing is employed on occasion these days by the slender actress as . she heads for Filmways Studios in upper Manhattan where she co-stars with Peter Falk in , CBS-TVs Trials of O'Brien. She plays Katie O'Brien's ex-' Wife, who needles him, thwarts i him, helps him, and constantly , seeks the back alimony he owes her. "I learned the two-fingered .whistle while I was appearing Jn a play," explained Joanna. "One of the girls in the cast Icnew how to do it, and I was J fascinated by it. She agreed to ' teach me, so I practiced each '' night. By the end of the play's '-run I let out a glorious whistle and have been able to do it ever since." Shapely Joanna Barnes, actress, decorator, writer, housewife and realtor. This is the actress in TV's Tn'afs of O'Bthn. THE EMERALD-EYED actress said that she expected to spend the winter in New York working on the series, with occasional trips to her home on the jAVest Coast to visit her husband, director-actor Lawrence Dobkin. -!:'Would you like to hear some-(i. thing ironic?" she asked. "He's directing the 12th show in our .series and that's the first one ' "I'm not in." ' ' As a rule, Joanna spends five full days working on O'Brien. - Three days are given over to t rehearsing and filming, with ; , the remaining two devoted to her wardrobe and publicity for the program. In addition, she does a weekly syndicated deco-rating column, and also a book ; review column each Sunday for a Los Angeles paper. What re-. maining time there is is spent shopping for fixtures for the 10-duplex apartment building she and her husband have just had built in Van Nuys, Calif. "If there's one thing I learned at Smith (College) it was to juggle 45 different activities at once," said Joanna. "I'm very well organized. It calls for incredible concentration, but it is a habit like any good habit I've acquired through experience. I find going from one thing to another relaxing. The change of pace makes it refreshing for me." Boston-born Joanna's acting career came about entirely by accident. Shortly after graduating from Smith in 1956 (she was Phi Beta Kappa) she was staying with a family friend in New York who had some connections with people in the film industry. Her hostess suggested that the pretty girl take a crack at the movies. "I didn't care a fig about becoming an actress," recalled Joanna. "But to please my hos tess, I acquiesced. She set up some readings for me and I did them. When I returned home a couple of companies said they were interested and suggested that I go to the West Coast for tests. At the time I had an offer of a job from Lord & Taylor in New York. I asked them to hold the offer open while I made up my mind. On the West Coast I made the test, liked the idea of acting, and have stayed with it." Since then Joanna has been in such films as The Garment Jungle, Auntie Mame, The Par-cut Trap, Spartacus and Good bye Charlie. On TV she has appeared on Maverick, Playhouse 90, Alcoa Presents, Dr. KUdare, Have Gun, Will Travel, The Bob Hope Chrysler Show and others. As to the future, Joanna didn't mention any plans. She's too busy living a full present. But if things do slow down somewhat, I'll bet you can depend upon her to whistle up some new ideas in a hurry. Distributed by King Features Syndicate

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  1. The Daily Notes,
  2. 04 Nov 1965, Thu,
  3. Page 10

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