Clipped From The High Point Enterprise
This Pretty Actress Is Also Writer, Interviewer of is diner By GIN! HANDSAKIR HOLLYWOOD (AP) "Interviewing is such t funny little talent," sayi actress Joanna Barnes, "-Hie being doublejointed or wiggling your ears." Miss Barnes is probably the prettiest of television's host- interviewers, who p e d d l e showbusiness glamor o n l y slightly bss enthusiastically than do the fan magazines. Joey Bishop, for example, questions Dorothy Malone and Betty Button this w e e k . Johnny Carson quizzes Vincent Price, and comedian Louis Nye turns up on both Miss B a r n e s ' " D a t e l i n e : H o l l y w o o d " and Art Linkletter's House Party. LinWetter's specialty, of course, is interviewing the greatest actors of all--kids. "How did your p a r e n t s meet?" -- "I don't know, but I think they were roommates in college." ESIDES A quick mind, Miss Barnes* obvious advantage in the interviewing game is her comeliness. Appearing five days a week on ABC-TV, the blonde Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College has wormed from her subjects such tidbits as: --Why Barbara P a r k i n s posed Seminude for Playboy magazine? "She talked about nudity-when it's in good taste, when it, isn't; when it's attractive, when it's just prurient. She felt that the magazine pictures were attractive and that on 'Peyton Place' she had developed as image as a young married. She wanted to present the iden that ibe is a desirable young lady." --Chris Connelly on fan magazines. "He lained out at them, told me s e v e r a l instances where they bad distorted things, given them sensational titles. He was genuinely upsefabout it." -"Beat Lfflie said she started as a serious actress and felt hurt and angry the first time an audtence laughed at her." --"Milton Berle started as a child actor in silent films with Marie Dressier. Did you know he wrote, 'Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long'?" FIVE HALF-HOUR interview shows a week are only a fragment of life for the busy Miss Barnes. Four days a week she lives in New York City, in an llth- floor Park Avenue apartment, with a Yorkshire terrier named Bozo. She flies here Sundays and tapes her shows Mondays and Tuesdays before an audience. On the plane she writes a Hollywood column for an eastern paper. In New York she has been writing away on a book on home decoration, hastening toward a publisher's deadline which is about now. Why return to New York write? "I love being there. That's where it's happening." She rises for breakfast, spends the day in bed, in longhand and "feeling very sinful for not getting dressed until 4 p.m." MISS BARNES is a stockbroker's daughter, b o r and reared in a Boston house built in 1634. The socialite family includes two other daughters. Her movies include "The War Wagon" and "Don't Waves." On television she costarred with Peter Falk "The Trials of O'Brien" series. She's 5 feet 5, 113 pounds and greeneyed. An English major at Smith, she a u d i t e d classes, studied interior design and since has redecorated bunch of houses." Which career does she p r e f e r -- a c i n t e r v i e w i n g decorating or writing? "All of them," said Joanna. "Why not? It would be awful to leave this earth and not remember what you've done,*' New romance in the life the attractive divorcee? "No, I don't have time." "A Laugh A Second!" --Life "Ont Of Funniest!" --Newsweek Jane Fonda--Robert Bedford 'BAREFOOT in the PARK'