She was born Margeurite Wendy Jenkins in Hong Kong on April 18, 1912 to an Irish barrister and his wife, Sophia, who had been actress in Yiddish vaudeville. When she decided to follow her mother footsteps on the British stage, she adopted the name Wendy Barrie in homage of her godfather, J. M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. Despite the connection, she is not considered the role model for Wendy Darling, primarily because she was born 8 years after the play debuted on the London stage. Perhaps though her middle name was in the character’s honour by her parents for the Scottish bachelor Barrie who was a great friend of her father.
Several writers have stated that Barrie was the first to use the name Wendy in a published work, and that the source of the name was Barrie’s childhood friend, Margaret Henley, 4-year-old daughter of poet William Ernest Henley (author of the poem Invictus), who pronounced the word “friend” as “Fwendy.” This mispronunciation was adapted by Barrie as “Wendy” when writing the play. There is some evidence that the name Wendy may be related to the Welsh name Gwendolyn, but prior to its use in the Peter Pan stories, the name was not used as an independent first name; afterwards is another story.Neverpedia.com , the Barrie place.
Here is Miss Barrie in 1939 American flick The Witness Vanishes, a poor pun off of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 classic, The Lady Vanishes. Barrie is the woman in the opening scene as Joan Marplay.
Wikipedia is wrong in stating that her husband was the British actor David Meyer; he was the Jewish-American industrialist David Meyer and not born in 1947. They divorced sometime in the mid 50’s according to the New York Times obit.
Astrodata cites she was born in London at 15:15 , while Marc Jones and Wikipedia, say British Hong Kong same time: we agree with Jones on Hong Kong but disagree with the time — we are pegging her at 3:39 and 16 Virgo instead of 11 or an “orangutan” perhaps joking about her strawberry blonde hair? vs. a “girl moulded in his mother’s aspirations for her.”
Despite the joke, we think orangutan works better for Miss Barrie because it highlights her ability to “use the latest trends for her own advantage.” Its keyword is Dexterity and how she can rise to any occasion. Alas as her Ascendant is squared her focal determinator Jupiter in Sagittarius, gives her a tendency towards self-justifying her actions (perhaps hinting at her dating the married gangster Bugsy Siegel) to further her career which ended only with the advent of Virginia Hill in his last few years (and wasn’t she lucky?) Miss Barrie also had another affair with Marlon Brando, 12 years her junior, but it was not as long lasting or notorious.
Barrie’s Lilith is at 23 Aquarius and sextile her Mercury and Sun suggesting that she always felt overshadowed by the real Wendy and Peter Pan play. It is also sextile her North Node in Aries (previously discussed) this time in the 8th House. Dr. Koparkar writes this signifies not only unusual financial activities in their life but also the ability to use others fame, resources and possessions for their own gain. Astrologer Haydn Paul adds that the South Node in the 2nd house, drives the natives need for a “high profile career or relationship” and help release their poor self-image.
Miss Barrie had no children. She died on Ground Hog’s Day, 1978 in Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey and was buried in Kensico Cemetery at Valhalla, Rockland Co. New York. She is sharing a gravestone with fellow actress though never on film, Fay Templeton Patterson who was born Christmas day 1865 in Little Rock, Arkansas and died October 3, 1939 in San Francisco.