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Also Known As: Gitelle Barnes, Gitelle Enoyce Gertrude Maude Barnes Died: July 27, 1998
Born: March 25, 1903 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, script reader, chorus girl, producer, dance hostess, milkmaid, nurse

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The delicately beautiful Binnie Barnes displayed a versatility and talent that was equally at home in comedies or dramas. While her heyday was primarily from the 1930s to the mid-50s, younger audiences may recall her as Sister Celestine in the genial romp "The Trouble With Angels" (1966) and its 1968 sequel "Where Angels Go... Trouble Follows" (The former was directed by Ida Lupino, whose father Stanley co-starred in several shorts with Barnes in the late 1920s.)

The delicately beautiful Binnie Barnes displayed a versatility and talent that was equally at home in comedies or dramas. While her heyday was primarily from the 1930s to the mid-50s, younger audiences may recall her as Sister Celestine in the genial romp "The Trouble With Angels" (1966) and its 1968 sequel "Where Angels Go... Trouble Follows" (The former was directed by Ida Lupino, whose father Stanley co-starred in several shorts with Barnes in the late 1920s.)

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 40 Carats (1973) Maud Ericson
2.
 Where Angels Go ... Trouble Follows! (1968) Sister Celestine
3.
 The Trouble With Angels (1966) Sister Celestine
4.
 Fire over Africa (1954) Frisco
5.
 Decameron Nights (1953) Contessa de Firenze/The Countess/Nerina the Chambermaid/The old witch
6.
 Fugitive Lady (1951) Esther Clementi
7.
 Shadow of the Eagle (1950) Catherine--Empress Of Russia
8.
9.
 My Own True Love (1949) Geraldine
10.
 If Winter Comes (1948) Natalie Bagshaw
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared in British vaudeville performing a lasso act; billed as 'Texas Binnie'
1929:
Film acting debut, in first of some 25 short comedies opposite Stanley Lupino
1931:
Starred onstage in Noel Coward's "Cavalcade"
1931:
Had first major feature role in "A Night in Montmartre"
1933:
Co-starred opposite Charles Laughton in "The Private Life of Henry VIII"
:
Moved to the USA
1934:
Hollywood debut in "There's Always Tomorrow"
1935:
Portrayed Lillian Russell in "Diamond Jim"
1936:
Appeared opposite Randolph Scott in "The Last of the Mohicans"
1937:
Delivered a fine turn as a golddiging vamp in "Three Smart Girls"
1938:
Played Lady Mere, whose husband sues to end their marriage, in "The Divorce of Lady X"
1938:
Offered a delightful comic turn in "Three Blind Mice"
1939:
Co-starred as Milady De Winter in "The Three Muskateers"
1942:
Appeared in support of Nelson Eddy and Jeannette MacDonald in the film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hart musical "I Married an Angel"
1942:
Teamed with John Wayne in the Western "In Old California"
1944:
Garnered laughs for her turn in the farcical "Up in Mabel's Room"
1946:
Supported Abbott and Costello in "The Timeof Their Lives"
:
Moved to Italy
1950:
Portrayed Russian Empress Catherine the Great in "Shadow of the Eagle"
1951:
Appeared in "La Strada Buia/Fugitive Lady", produced by second husband M J Frankovich
1953:
Co-starred with Louis Jourdan and Joan Fontaine in "Decameron Nights"
1954:
Last film appearance for more than a decade, "Fire Over Africa"
1956:
Sole producing credit, "Thunderstorm"
1966:
Returned to films to play Sister Celestine in "The Trouble With Angels", directed by Ida Lupino
1968:
Reprised role of Sister Celestine in the sequel "Where Angels Go... Trouble Follows"
1973:
Final screen appearance as Liv Ullmann's mother in "Forty Carats", produced by Frankovich
1973:
Final screen appearance as Liv Ullmann's mother in "40 Carats", produced by Frankovich
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Notes

"Frankly, I've never been mad about acting. It just happened to be hte only way I could make a living." --Binnie Barnes in a 1972 interview

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Samuel Joseph. Art dealer. British; married in 1932; divorced in 1936.
husband:
Mike Frankovich. Producer, executive, radio commentator. Married from 1940 until his death in 1992.

Family close complete family listing

son:
Peter Frankovich. Producer.
son:
Mike Frankovich Jr. Producer, executive.
daughter:
Michelle De Motte.
nephew:
Rayford K Barnes. Actor. Died on November 11, 2000 at age 80.
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Catherine Parr was the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII. Binnie Barnes did play Catherine Howard, but she was in the middle, not at the end.

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