Barbara Carrera

Barbara Carrera[2] (born Barbara Kingsbury; December 31, 1945)[3] 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 Carrera
A drawing of Barbara Carrera based on a still image from the 1977 film
The Island of Dr. Moreau
Barbara Kingsbury

(1945-12-31) December 31, 1945[1]
OccupationActress, model
Years active1970–2004
Otto Kurt Freiherr von Hoffman
(m. 1966; div. 1972)

Uwe Barden
(m. 1972; div. 1976)

Nicholas Mark Mavroleon
(m. 1983; div. ??)

Early life

Barbara Kingsbury was born in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Some sources give her birth year as 1947 or 1951,[4] but most list 1945.[5][6] Although she prefers to say 1953, public records state 1945.[1] 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.[7][8][9] Her parents separated when she was seven.[10]

Carrera had at least one elder half-sibling, a sister, Maisie Kingsbury.[10]

Sometime after the age of ten, Carrera moved to the United States to live with her father,[10] who placed her in a school in Memphis.[11] She moved to New York at the age of fifteen.[12]


Kingsbury began a career as a model at the Eileen Ford agency at the age of 17,[6] at which point she changed her last name to her mother's maiden name, Carrera.[2] In 1972, she appeared on the screen in a publicity role for the Chiquita bananas.[13] 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.[14][15] 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".[15] 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).[16]

In 1997, she was appointed ambassador-at-large for Nicaragua by then-president Arnoldo Alemán.[17]

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.[2]

Carrera has not appeared in films or television since 2004.

Personal life

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.[18] Married in 1972, they divorced in July 1976.[19]
  • Nicholas Mark Mavroleon, a Greek shipping magnate,[20] 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.[21] They married on March 16, 1983, and later divorced.[22]

After her third marriage, Carrera was involved with Henry Percy, 11th Duke of Northumberland[23] 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.



  1. Birth date given in U.S. Public Records Index, accessed on on 14 March 2013; U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings
  2. Hall, Ken (2004). "Barbara Carrera". McElreath Printing & Publishing, Inc. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved September 23, 2007.
  3. Birth date given in U.S. Public Records Index, accessed on on 14 March 2013; U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings
  4. "Barbara Carrera". Movie Actors. Archived from the original on January 1, 2008. Retrieved January 18, 2008.
  5. Halliwell, Leslie; Walker, John (2003). Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-053423-0.
  6. "Barbara Carrera". The New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2006.
  7. Staff (May 8, 1977). "New Face: Beauty and the Beasts". The New York Times. Retrieved July 3, 2008.
  8. Anonymous. "Barbara Carrera Biography (1945-)". Film Reference. Retrieved July 3, 2008.
  9. Keller, Gary D. (1997). A biographical handbook of Hispanics and United States film. Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe. p. 27. ISBN 0-927534-65-7.
  10. Carrera, Barbara (September 18, 2004). "Breaking the Bond with the Past". Daily Mail (Interview). Interviewed by Daily Mail. Carrera gave her sister's name during that interview.
  11. Though various articles have stated that Carrera attended St. Joseph's Academy in Memphis, no record of such a school can be located.
  12. Reyes, Luis; Rubie, Peter (2000). Hispanics in Hollywood: a celebration of 100 years in film and television. Lone Eagle Publishing. p. 437. ISBN 1-58065-025-2.
  13. Soluri, John (2005). Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, & Environmental Change in Honduras & the United States. University of Texas Press. p. 186. ISBN 0-292-71256-1.
  14. "Search: Barbara Carrera". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on December 15, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  15. "Barbara Carrera Awards". Fandango. 2007. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved September 23, 2007.
  16. "Barbara Carrera". Yahoo TV. Retrieved September 23, 2006.
  17. "Biography for Barbera Carrera". Turner Classic Movies. 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  18. Haden-Guest, Anthony (1998). The last party: Studio 54, disco, and the culture of the night. Harper Perennial. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-688-16098-2. They were married in 1973, and lasted for three years.
  19. Date of marriage and divorce accessed in the California Divorce Index on on March 14, 2013
  20. "Barbara Carrera". India Today. 12: 80. 1987.
  21. Rhodes, Michael (March 17, 2009). "Manuel Basil (Bluey) Mavroleon 1927-2009". Peerage News. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  22. Marriage record accessed on on March 14, 2013
  23. The Duke of Northumberland | Herald Scotland
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