Barbara Carrera Biography
No reference or non is listed as to who and what her father is, professionally. In fact very little is listed or made know and/or made public Carera's personal life. Better described as a true treasure for none or very few are true mysteries in this world specially when it comes to high profile figures such as Barbara Carera. Besides, people are entitled to their secrets anyway and let's face it, mystique is an X factor, where sexy sleeps, smiles, and works its magic.
Her career began early on, at the age of seventeen years old, soon after starting her career as a model she became the South American face for a publicity stint/campaign for Chiquitas Bananas.
She was cast in the 1970 film, "Puzzle of the Downfall Child", where she played, guess what?! - a fashion model! - The film did not really meet commercial expectations and it was tagged officially a flop in the box offices. It is rumored that Barbara Carera gave a false age of seventeen when in truth she was near nineteen (some even say she was already twenty five years old) just because the part asked for seventeen year old, ensuring herself to get the part. Whatever the truth maybe, it just goes to show how determined she was on nailing that part.
"The Master Gunfighter", in 1975 was the next film Ms. Carera did after the flop "Puzzle of the...." and at the 1975 Golden Globes, got her first ever nomination nod for her performance in the film.
Among Eileen Ford Agencies stock of top models, Barbara soon took the title of "the most sought after model" at the time due largley on her tight spectacular form, general physique and features to die for. These most certainly didn't do any harm on further advancing her career, they set her apart.
She played the mysterious "Angelica Nero" in one those weird twist/plot on the long running hit drama series "Dallas". The twist being : it was all just as dream, everyone could go home now and relax.
Most notable amongst all her works on TV was on the 1978 Richard Chamberlain TV miniseries, "Centennial". The show that practically made her an American household name, seemingly overnight, everybody knew or would like to know the native girl the she played and that Robert Conrad would later get married to. The show thrusted her to genuine TV star status, where the greater, wider American viewer demographic really took notice of Barbara Carera. In another miniseries, "Emma, Queen of the South Seas", She plays Emma Coe Forsayth.
These are only few worth mentioning apperances Barbara Carera has made on TV. She continues to pop up from time to time, guesting on sitcoms, drama shows and what nots.
She has also appeared in other wide and varried films as "Tryst", "Condorman", "Embryo", the novel to film adaption "The Island of Dr. Moreau", "Point of Impact", and "Lone Wolf McQuade".
But above all, her appearance in "Never Say Never Again" and portrayal of the villainess Fatima Blush, released in 1983, with Sir Sean Connery as James Bond, Carera - as was with every woman who appeared oppositte who ever was wearing 007's shoes at the moment, solidified herself and was now a member of the very special, exclusively elite club of the Bond Girls. Although Europe first recognized Ms. Carera's potential, the rest of the world soon followed suit and gave Barbara Carera the "International sex symbol status" she truly deserves as the current Bond film Franchise's newest Bond Girl and doing it justice for that matter. And yeah, the following year in 1984, she earned a nod from the Golden Globes, nominating her for the Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
Hugh Heffner has asked Barbara Carera twice to pose for his magazine and both times she has obliged, much to the glee of the majority of the American masses. She posed nude for the August 1977 edition and the April 1982 edition.
Not limmiting her art to just her skin and other mediums publicly known, such as her acting and modeling, Barbara Carera paints too. Proof of a woman on a search for deeper purpose and meaning if not just only to enjoy the sheer colors and strokes of giving life to an otherwise blank canvas. She has held numerous exhibits since the 1980's of her work. Held at the Makk Galleries in Beverly Hills, California, also at the Roy Miles Gallery in London, England and The Hollywood Entertainment Museums. Her paintings typically fetches up to $8,000 - + to date. As a painter she is warmly recieved, success would truly an understatement for this multi-faceted artist.
Ms.Barbara Carera has been married and divorced three times. First to model, Uva Barden then to Barron Otto von Hoffman and then to a greek shipowner Nicholas Mavroleon. Has not had children of her own.
Reported to have had some connection to scientology for a while but news died down and supposed reports, proved just rumors by silence. She has no religious affiliations listed nor has referenced anywhere at the moment.
Other than a few TV guestings on shows like "That 70'Show" and "Judging Amy", a few supporting roles on films, there has not been any major activity on Barbara Carera's camp.