Wendy Barrie Overview:

Actress, Wendy Barrie, was born Marguerite Wendy Jenkin on Apr 18, 1912 in London, UK. Barrie appeared in over 60 film and TV roles. Her best known films include The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), It's a Small World (1935), and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939). In the early 1940s, Barrie made several The Saint and The Falcon mysteries with George Sanders. A few of her minor roles include playing Tyrone Power's secretary, Kitty, in Day-Time Wife (1939, also starring Linda Darnell and Warren William) and a Guest Panelist in It Should Happen to You (1954 starring Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, and Peter Lawford).

Barri hosted a television comedy series for children called The Adventures of Oky Doky (1948-1949), and more famously hosted one of the first television talk shows, The Wendy Barrie Show (1948-1950). Barrie died at the age of 65 on Feb 2, 1978 in Englewood, NJ and was laid to rest in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.


Wendy Barrie was a British leading lady who, after playing Jane Seymour to Charles Laughton's Henry VIII, went to Hollywood and enjoyed a colorful career -- including once being engaged to notorious gangster Bugsy Siegel. She mostly appeared as 'B' feature leads, and later found renewed success as a popular radio and TV chat show hostess.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Kitty: When we're not in the office, I call him Kenny-whenny.

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Her trademark sign-off on her daytime TV show, "Picture This" (1948), was "Be a good bunny".

Her godfather and future stage-namesake was the Scottish novelist-playwright Sir J.M. Barrie, in whose play "Peter Pan" was a character called Wendy.

Was once engaged to marry gangster Benjamin Bugsy Siegel.

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