Barbara Carrera

Barbara Carrera (born Barbara Kingsbury) is an American actress, model and painter. She starred in the films The Master Gunfighter (1975), Embryo (1976), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977), Condorman (1981), I, the Jury (1982) and Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), and is perhaps best remembered for her performance as SPECTREassassin Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again (1983); for the first and last of those movies, Carrera was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Carrera is also known for playing Clay Basket in the big-budget miniseries Centennial (1978–79), and as Angelica Nero on the ninth season of CBS prime time soap opera Dallas (1985–86).

Barbara Kingsbury was born in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Her mother, Florencia Carrera, was Nicaraguan, and her father, Louis Kingsbury, was an American who worked for the American embassy in Nicaragua.

Sometime after the age of ten, Carrera moved to the United States to live with her father. She moved to New York at the age of 15

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. Her first film role was as a fashion model in Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), which fared poorly at the box office. In 1972, she appeared on the screen in a publicity role for Chiquita bananas.  Carrera has appeared on the pages and covers of such magazines as VogueParis MatchHarper’s Bazaar.

In 1976, Carrera earned her first Golden Globe nomination (“New Star of the Year – Actress”) for her role in The Master Gunfighter.[11][12] She later played in such films as The Island of Dr. MoreauLone Wolf McQuadeCondormanPoint of ImpactTryst 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”.[13] She worked opposite Laurence Olivier in Wild Geese II the following year.

On television, Carrera played a part in the soap opera Dallas as Angelica Nero, and more prominently, in the historical miniseriesCentennial 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 appeared with fellow “Bond Girls” Maude Adams and Kristina Wayborn in That ‘70s Show episode “The First Time” (s2,e16, 2000) as bridesmaids for another former Bond Girl, Tanya Roberts, in the role of Midge Pinciotti. Since Paradise (2004), Carrera has not appeared in films or television.

In 1989, Carrera starred with Bette Davis in Wicked Stepmother, Davis’s final film role. During filming, Davis fell ill and the script was rewritten for Carrera. “Instead, he rewrote the script to minimize Davis’ role as the wicked witch who marries into an unsuspecting family, becoming the children’s stepmother. In the original script, Davis was going to turn a cat into the beautiful Barbara Carrera. In the new version, Davis herself turns into Carrera, who assumes Davis’ lines for the bulk of the film.”

In 1997, Carrera was appointed Ambassador-at-Large for Nicaragua by then-president Arnoldo Alemán.[15]

Carrera is also a painter and her work has been showcased in the Makk Galleries, with Americo Makk, in Beverly Hills, Californiasince the 1980s, and the Roy Miles Gallery in London, England. In May 2002, her works were exhibited at the HollywoodEntertainment Museum.

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