Barbara Carrera

Barbara Carrera (born December 31, year unknown) is a Nicaraguan-born film and TV actress as well as a former model.

Barbara Carrera was born in Bluefields, Nicaragua, the daughter of a US ambassador and a Nicaraguan mother. There is some uncertainty regarding her year of birth, which is listed by various sources as 1945, 1947 or 1951. She apparently prefers to say 1953. She came to the U.S. at age eleven and studied at a convent in Memphis for five years. Barbara began a career as a model at the Eileen Ford agency at the age of 17.

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. 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 movie Never Say Never Again, she earned a 1984 Golden Globes 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 next year.

On the television screen, she played a part in the series "Dallas" as "Angelica Nero", and, more prominently, in the historical television 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 Coe Forsayth in the TV miniseries "Emma, Queen of the South Seas".

Barbara Carrera has appeared on the pages and covers of such magazines as Vogue, Paris Match, Harper's Bazaar, and twice posed nude in Playboy (August 1977 and April 1982).[8] She was nominated for the Golden Globe for her role in Never Say Never Again in 1983 and in "Master Gunfighter" in 1973. In 1997 she was appointed ambassador-at-large for Nicaragua by then President Arnoldo Alemán.[10] She is also an artist and her work has been showcased in the Makk Galleries in Beverly Hills in California since the 1980s, and the Roy Miles Gallery in London, England. In May 2002 her work was exhibited at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum and are typically sold for up to $8,000.

Barbara Carrera

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