Barbara Carrera

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Barbara Carrera
Barbara carrera drawing.jpg
Graphite sketch.
Born Barbara Kingsbury
(1944-09-01) September 1, 1944 (age 69)[1]
San Carlos, Río San Juan, Nicaragua
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Otto Kurt Freiherr von Hoffman (divorced)
Uwe Barden (divorced)
Nicholas Mark Mavroleon (divorced)
Website
http://www.barbaracarreraart.com

Barbara Carrera[2] (born Barbara Kingsbury on September 1, 1944)[3] is a Nicaraguan-American film and television actress and former model. She is best known for her roles as Bond girl Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again and as Angelica Nero on the soap opera Dallas.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Barbara Kingsbury was born in San Carlos, Río San Juan, Nicaragua. Some sources give her birth year as 1947 or 1951,[4] but most list 1945.[5][6] She apparently prefers to say 1953[7] but public records state 1944.[1] Her mother, Florencia Carrera, was a Nicaraguan of European and Native ancestry, and her father, Louis Kingsbury, was a U.S. employee of the American embassy in Nicaragua.[8][9][10] Her parents separated when she was seven.[11]

Carrera had at least one elder half-sibling, a sister, Maisie Kingsbury.[12]

Sometime after the age of ten, Carrera moved to the United States to live with her father,[11] who placed her in a school in Memphis.[13] She moved to New York at the age of fifteen.[14]

Career[edit]

Kingsbury began a career as a model at the Eileen Ford agency at the age of 17,[6] at which point she changed her last name to her mother's maiden name, Carrera.[2] In 1972, she appeared on the screen in a publicity role for the Chiquita bananas.[15] Her first film role was as a fashion model in Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), which fared poorly at the box office. In 1976, she earned her first Golden Globe nomination for her role in The Master Gunfighter.[16] She later played in such films as The Island of Dr. Moreau, Lone Wolf McQuade, Condorman, Point of Impact, Tryst and Embryo. For her portrayal of the villainess Fatima Blush in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again, she earned a 1984 Golden Globe nomination for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture".[17] She worked opposite Laurence Olivier in Wild Geese II the following year.

On television, she played a part in the soap opera Dallas as Angelica Nero, and more prominently, in the historical miniseries Centennial in 1978 and Masada (opposite Peter O'Toole and Peter Strauss) in 1981. These roles brought her to the mainstream attention of American audiences. She also starred as Emma Forsayth in the miniseries Emma: Queen of the South Seas in 1988.

Carrera has appeared on the pages and covers of such magazines as Vogue, Paris Match, Harper's Bazaar, and twice posed in Playboy (March 1982).[18] She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in The Master Gunfighter in 1975.[17] In 1997, she was appointed ambassador-at-large for Nicaragua by then-president Arnoldo Alemán.[19] She is also an artist and her work has been showcased in the Makk Galleries in Beverly Hills, California since the 1980s, and the Roy Miles Gallery in London, England. In May 2002, her works were exhibited at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum and have typically been sold for up to $8,000.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Carrera has been married and divorced three times, her spouses being:

  • Otto Kurt Freiherr von Hoffman, a German nobleman
  • Uwe Harden (born 1941), a German fashion model and actor.[20] Married in 1972, they divorced in July 1976.[21]
  • Nicholas Mark Mavroleon, a Greek shipowner [22] who is the younger and only surviving son of Manuel Basil Mavroleon (aka "Bluey") by his second wife, Gioconda de Gallardo y Castro.[23] They married on 16 March 1983, in Clark County, California, and later divorced.[24]

After her third marriage, Carrera was involved with Henry Percy, 11th Duke of Northumberland[25] and, later, with Cameron Docherty, a Scottish-born journalist.

She has no children.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Birth date given in U.S. Public Records Index, accessed on ancestry.com on 14 March 2013; Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings
  2. ^ a b c Hall, Ken (2004). "Barbara Carrera". McElreath Printing & Publishing, Inc. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  3. ^ Birth date given in U.S. Public Records Index, accessed on ancestry.com on 14 March 2013; Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings
  4. ^ "Barbara Carrera". Movie Actors. Archived from the original on 1 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  5. ^ Halliwell, Leslie; Walker, John (2003). Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-053423-0. 
  6. ^ a b "Barbara Carrera". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-08-10. 
  7. ^ "Barbara Carrera". Soylent Communications. 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  8. ^ Staff (1977-08-05). "New Face: Beauty and the Beasts". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  9. ^ Anonymous. "Barbara Carrera Biography (1945-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  10. ^ Keller, Gary D. (1997). A biographical handbook of Hispanics and United States film. Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe. p. 27. ISBN 0-927534-65-7. 
  11. ^ a b "Breaking the Bond with the Past", Daily Mail, 18 September 2004
  12. ^ Carrera gives her sister's name in an interview entitled "Breaking the Bond with the Past", Daily Mail, 18 September 2004
  13. ^ Though various articles have stated that Carrera attended St. Joseph's Academy in Memphis, no record of such a school can be located.
  14. ^ Reyes, Luis; Rubie, Peter (2000). Hispanics in Hollywood: a celebration of 100 years in film and television. Lone Eagle Publishing. p. 437. ISBN 1-58065-025-2. 
  15. ^ Soluri, John (2005). Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, & Environmental Change in Honduras & the United States. University of Texas Press. p. 186. ISBN 0-292-71256-1. 
  16. ^ "Search: Barbara Carrera". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  17. ^ a b "Barbara Carrera Awards". Fandango. 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  18. ^ "Barbara Carrera". Yahoo TV. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  19. ^ "Biography for Barbera Carrera". Turner Classic Movies. 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  20. ^ Haden-Guest, Anthony (1998). The last party: Studio 54, disco, and the culture of the night. Harper Perennial. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-688-16098-2.  They were married in 1973, and lasted for three years.
  21. ^ Date of marriage and divorce accessed in the California Divorce Index on ancestry.com on 14 March 2013
  22. ^ "Barbara Carrera". India Today 12: 80. 1987. 
  23. ^ Rhodes, Michael (March 17, 2009). "Manuel Basil (Bluey) Mavroleon 1927-2009". Peerage News. blogger.com. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  24. ^ Marriage record accessed on ancestry.com on 14 March 2013
  25. ^ http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/the-duke-of-northumberland-1.653279

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