Barbara Carrera was a top fashion model before turning to a career as an actress in films and television. The statuesque Nicaraguan-born beauty’s dark looks graced the pages and covers of such magazines as VOGUE, PARIS MATCH, HARPER’S BAZAAR, PLAYBOY in the 1960s. She broke into features portraying a model in “Puzzle of a Downfall Child” (1970), starring Faye Dunaway. Her first role of substance in “Master Gunfighter” (1976) saw Carrera as little more than window dressing for co-star Tom Laughlin before essaying the role of a tiger-woman involved with Michael York in the 1977 remake of “The Island of Dr. Moreau”. The actress had what was perhaps her best known role, however, as Bond Girl Fatima Blush opposite Sean Connery in “Never Say Never Again” (1983). She also was seen as Patrick Dempsey’s first adult sexual conquest in “Loverboy” (1989). Dropping out of film work for several years, Carrera returned opposite Louise Fletcher in “Tryst” (1995), and in “Love Is All There Is” (1996), paired with Paul Sorvino in a modern spin on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.
On the small screen, Carrera debuted as the Native American Clay Basket in the NBC miniseries “Centennial” (1978-79). She went on to portray Sheva, the woman who does what needs to be done to survive, in “Masada” (ABC, 1981) and starred as “Emma: Queen of the South Seas”, a 1988 syndicated miniseries playing the real-life woman who saved the Samoan Islands from colonization in the 19th Century. Carrera was featured in the 1982 pilot for ABC’s “Matt Houston” and played a former call girl looking back over 20 years in “Sins of the Past” (ABC, 1984). During the 1985-86 season, she was cast as Angelica Nero, the shipping executive allied with Cliff (Ken Kercheval) but flirting with Jack Ewing (Dack Rambo), on “Dallas” (CBS).
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