R.I.P. March 2010. Dead from complications of diabetes.
I remember she was insulin dependent back then; never planned to wed, as having children was deemed too risky.
Barnetta was a gifted actress who taught at Herbert Berghof in New York for many years. More recently, she ran a summer stock theater near Rochester. She had been declining for several years, becoming more agitated with her developing dementia. I had no contact with her through this period as the thought of it was almost too much to bear.
She had a devoted companion, David, who was with her until the end, along with her three siblings, who were also at her bedside. Her funeral is Saturday in Nashville, and I'll be there, along with many others flying in to honor her as the great star she was.
P.S. She made that dress! That's the way it was done back in the day!
Some pictures taken at 87th Street during a visit Kent made to New York in April 1984. This is how I will always remember her---and she would be happy with these pictures too.
Barnetta and her love, John Avril.
John, Barnetta, Kent, Michael Fields, Rolf Scholander [?] and John Dunn
Me and Barnetta
Kent, Barnetta and I
Rolf, Michael and Zoe Walker, who replaced Nell Carter in Ain't Misbehavin' within her first six months in New York.