Saturday, May 6, 2017

Model/actress Barbara Carrera

When you look back at the seventies and remember all of the glamorous actresses who dominated the movie and TV screens in that decade, Barbara Carrera is likely to leap to mind.

Born in Nicaragua to an American father and a Nicaraguan mother, Barbara Carrera eventually moved to the United States and became a model in the early sixties.  Eventually she tried her hand at acting and got a big boost for her thespian career with a role in the 1975 Western The Master Gunfighter, which got her a Golden Globe nomination for the new star of the year (actress category). 

However, it was a TV miniseries - "Centennial," from 1978-79 television season, based on the James Michener novel of the same name - that made Ms. Carrera a star.  She played Clay Basket, an Indian maiden who falls in love with a Scottish trapper in the Great Plains region.  She went on to play Angelica Nero in the CBS series "Dallas." 

Her best-known movie role may very well be SPECTRE assassin Fatima Blush in the 1983 James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (the first and only James Bond movie to star Sean Connery as Bond since 1971).

Ms. Carrera hasn't worked as an actress since 2004, but she is by no means inactive.  She is a painter, and she has done many portraits of Hollywood legends.  You can go to her Web site at this link.

Fun fact:  Her original surname was Kingsbury; Carrera is her mother's maiden name. 

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