|ACTOR (GREAT BRITAIN)|
BORN 18 Apr 1912, Hong Kong - DIED 2 Feb 1978, Englewood, New Jersey|
BIRTH NAME Jenkins, Marguerite Wendy
GRAVE LOCATION Valhalla, New York: Kensico Cemetery, 273 Lakeview Avenue (Actors' Fund)
Marguerite Wendy Jenkins was the daughter of a successful attorney. She was educated in England and Switzerland and started an acting career before she was twenty, using the name Barrie (it appears that J.M. Barrie was her godfather).
After appearing in English theatres she made her movie debut in 1932 in "Threads". In 1933 she was in "The Private Life of Henry VIII". In 1934 she moved to Hollywood and soon she appeared opposite Spencer Tracy in "It's a Small World" (1935). Somewhere in time she was the mistress of Bugsy Siegel.
After making several "The Saint" and "The Falcon" films during the early 1940s she switched to television. From 1948 to 1950 she hosted the "Wendy Barry Show". During the 1960s she hosted a radio interview show. After she suffered a severe stroke she lived for a few more years before she died in Englewood, New Jersey.