Wendy Barrie, 65, movie actress of the 1930s and 1940s and an early television personality, died Thursday at an Englewood, N.J., nursing home.
Miss Barrie was having lunch with her mother in London's Savoy Grill in 1932 when she caught the attention of film producer Alexander Korda. He asked her to take a screen test, and this led to her playing the role of Jane Seymour, one of the wives of King Henry VII in the film, "The Private Lives of Henry VIII," which starred Charles Laughton. She then moved to Hollywood in 1934.
In 1939 she appeared in "The Hound of the Bakersvilles," the first of a series of films that starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes.
She then had roles in a number of movies, but most were not major productions.
Miss Barrie became a well known "face" in early television when she did the Revlon commercials on "The $64,000 Question." She later appeared on a number of talk shows and hosted shows of her own, generally in the New York area, during the 1950s.
She returned to the movies in 1954 in the Judy Holliday movie, "It Should Happen To You," in which she appeared as a member of a television panel.
Miss Barrie was born in Hong Kong of British parents and spent her early years in the Orient. She was educated in London and Switzerland.
In her later years she hadn been active in a number of charitable organizations, especially the United jewish Appeal and the United Fund.
She was married to David Meyer, but the marriage ended in divorce.
There are no immediate survivors.