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Winifred Barnes, English musical comedy actress and singer

January 19, 2014

Winifred Barnes (1892-1935), English musical comedy actress and singer
(photo: Lallie Charles, London, circa 1916)

Winifred Barnes was born in Brixton, south London, on 18 November (or December) 1892, the younger daughter of William Bernard Barnes (1861-1943), a bicycle maker, and his Irish-born wife, Nora (née Buckley). Her successful but relatively brief career began during 1909 when she appeared in a minor part in the musical play, Our Miss Gibbs at the Gaiety Theatre, London. She later had starring roles in Betty (1915) and The Happy Day (1916), both at Daly’s Theatre, London. She retired from theatrical life in 1924 upon her marriage in Kensington to Roy Faulkner. Miss Barnes died suddenly after a brief illness in Eastbourne, Sussex, on 5 April 1935 aged 41.

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