Born Name: Barbara Kingsbury
Date of Birth: December 31, 1945
Place of Birth: Bluefields, Nicaragua
Height: 1.75 m
Occupation: Actress, model
Spouse(s): Otto Kurt Freiherr von Hoffman (m. 1966; div. 1972), Uwe Barden (m. 1972; div. 1976),
Nicholas Mark Mavroleon (m. 1983; div. ??)
Barbara Carrera (born Barbara Kingsbury; December 31, 1945) is a Nicaraguan American film and television actress and former model. She is known for her roles as SPECTRE assassin Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again, as Maria in The Island of Dr. Moreau, and as Angelica Nero on the soap opera Dallas.
Barbara Kingsbury was born in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Some sources give her birth year as 1947 or 1951, but most list 1945. Although she prefers to say 1953, public records state 1945. 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. Her parents separated when she was seven.
Carrera had at least one elder half-sibling, a sister, Maisie Kingsbury.
Sometime after the age of ten, Carrera moved to the United States to live with her father, who placed her in a school in Memphis. She moved to New York at the age of fifteen.
Kingsbury began a career as a model at the Eileen Ford agency at the age of 17, at which point she changed her last name to her mother's maiden name, Carrera. In 1972, she appeared on the screen in a publicity role for the Chiquita bananas. 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 ("New Star of the Year -- Actress") for her role in The Master Gunfighter. 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". 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 for Playboy (July 1977 and March 1982).
In 1997, she was appointed ambassador-at-large for Nicaragua by then-president Arnoldo Alemán.
She is also an artist and her work has been showcased in the Makk Galleries, with Americo Makk, 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.
Carrera has not appeared in films or television since 2004.
Carrera has been married and divorced three times, her spouses being:
- Otto Kurt Freiherr von Hoffman, a German nobleman. They married in New York City in 1966 (religiously in 1969) and divorced in 1972 (religiously in 1983).
- Uva Harden (born 1941), a German fashion model and actor. Married in 1972, they divorced in July 1976.]
- Nicholas Mark Mavroleon, a Greek shipping magnate, a few years her junior, who is the younger and only surviving son of Manuel Basil Mavroleon (aka "Bluey") by his second wife, Gioconda de Gallardo y Castro. They married on March 16, 1983, and later divorced.
After her third marriage, Carrera was involved with Henry Percy, 11th Duke of Northumberland and, later, with Cameron Docherty, a Scottish-born biographer and journalist.
Carrera is not known to have any children from any of her three marriages.
- Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) as T.J. Brady
- The Master Gunfighter (1975) as Eula
- Embryo (1976) as Victoria Spencer
- The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) as Maria
- Centennial (1978-1979, TV Mini-Series) as Clay Basket
- When Time Ran Out (1980) as Iolani
- Masada (1981, TV Mini-Series) as Sheva
- Condorman (1981) as Natalia
- I, the Jury (1982) as Dr. Charlotte Bennett
- Matt Houston (pilot episode, 1982, TV Series) as Serena Gambacci
- Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) as Lola Richardson
- Never Say Never Again (1983) as Fatima Blush
- Sins of the Past (1984, TV Movie) as Terry Halloran
- Wild Geese II (1985) as Kathy Lukas
- Dallas (1985-1986, TV Series) as Angelica Nero
- Mike Hammer (1987, TV Series) as Claire Morgan
- Love at Stake (1987) as Faith Stewart
- The Underachievers (1987) as Katherine
- Emma: Queen of the South Seas (1988, TV Mini-Series) as Emma Coe
- Loverboy (1989) as Alex Barnett
- Wicked Stepmother (1989) as Priscilla
- Murder in Paradise (1990, TV Movie) as Emma Danton
- Lakota Moon (1992, TV Movie) as Still Water
- Point of Impact (1993) as Eva Largo
- Tryst (1994) as Julia
- Night of the Archer (1994) as Victoria de Fleury
- Fortune Hunter (1994, TV Series) as President Isabella Duarte
- Sawbones (1995, TV Movie) as Rita Baldwin
- Russian Roulette - Moscow 95 (1995) as Caroline White
- The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best (1996, TV Movie) as Elizabetta Fama
- Love Is All There Is (1996) as Maria Malacici
- JAG (1998, TV Series) as Marcella Paretti
- Waking Up Horton (1998) as Isadora
- Alec to the Rescue (1999) as Madam Wong
- That '70s Show (2000, TV Series) as Barbara
- Coo Coo Café (2000) as Lola
- Panic (2002) as Bernadette
- Don't Hurt Me (2003)
- Judging Amy (2004, TV Series) as Francesca Messina
- Paradise (2004) as Katherine (final film role)
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