Barbara Loden

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Barbara Loden
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Barbara Loden in 1958.
Born (1932-07-08)July 8, 1932
Marion, North Carolina, U.S.
Died September 5, 1980(1980-09-05) (aged 48)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death
Breast cancer
Years active 1950s-1980
Spouse(s) Elia Kazan (1968-1980) (her death) (1 child)
Laurence Joachim (divorced) (1 child)

Barbara Loden (July 8, 1932 – September 5, 1980) was an American film and stage actress and film director.

At the time of her death from breast cancer at the age of 48, she was married to the director Elia Kazan, by whom she had one child. A life member of The Actors Studio,[1] Loden was perhaps best known for her role in Kazan's film, Splendor in the Grass (1961), in which she played Warren Beatty's sister, as well as for portraying a fictionalized version of Marilyn Monroe in Kazan's stage production of After the Fall (1964), written by Monroe's former husband, playwright Arthur Miller.[2]

In 1970, Loden wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the independent film, Wanda. Innovative in its cinéma vérité style, it was one of the very few American films directed by a woman to be theatrically released at that time. Film critic David Thomson has written: "Wanda is full of unexpected moments and raw atmosphere, never settling for cliché in situation or character." The film won the International Critics' Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1970 and was presented at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


  1. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 279. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Earl (23 March 1964). "Barbara Loden Shows Some Humility". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Earl (2 February 1971). "Earl Wilson". Beaver Country Times. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

Reynaud, Bérénice, “For Wanda”, in The Last Great American Picture Show, Thomas Elsaesser, Alexander Horwath and Noel King, eds, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2004, 223-247.

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