Barbara Carrano is one of the first Puerto Rican actors to make a name for himself in Hollywood. Born in Puerto Rico, she earned a degree in drama at the University of San Francisco before getting a feature part in Mildred Loving, an acclaimed play written by Aaron Crane. She went on to star in other notable plays such as The Heartbreak Kid, Man in the Mirror and Once Dead. But her most important and lasting role would be in the film industry, playing the unforgettable role of Estrella, the glamorous girlfriend of Richard Gere in the movie A Time to Kill.
It was this role that catapulted Barbara Carrano into stardom, as the viewers loved her sultry, sexy looks, and even more importantly, her ability to play the game. For her part, she said that A Time to Kill was her first experience playing a character as a Bond girl. Though she was not really a Bond girl in the initial stages, after being cast in the movie, she began playing the character very seriously, and with all the fervor which became a staple of her acting career.
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It was in her first film where she showed her acting prowess, and her performance earned her second Oscar nomination. The role that propelled her to stardom was Thatcher in Thatchers. Playing the part of an aging Spanish woman who falls in love with an American serviceman in her home country, Barbara Carrano gave audiences an unforgettable and convincing performance which earned her an Oscar nomination. She was also nominated for the same award for Another Day in the Life of pin up Girl.
During the late sixties, Barbara Carrano went to live in Spain, and worked with the Chicano theatre group. Her experience there enabled her to experience the work of a playwright, and in the process learned the language and manner of storytelling which has since become a signature of her acting. In a 1980 documentary about her life called “Barbara Carrano: A Woman of Letters”, director Danny Greene brought to light her early years in Spain, and her residence there, as well as her years as an actress in Hollywood. While her time in Spain was impressive, her time in Hollywood was equally as successful, and she continued to work until the age of 36. During this time, she managed to establish a name for herself as an actress in both films and theatre.
Barbara Carrano’s notable career includes appearances in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Don Ed Hardy’s “The Princess and the Pea”, and George C. Scott’s “The Bodyguard”. Apart from this, she is known for her appearances on television, and particularly in “The Sopranos”. Her most popular and long-lasting role was as a series’ protagonist, Carmela in the television series “The Sopranos”. She is also responsible for the creation of many characters including Tony Soprano’s family, The Greek’s wife, Carmela, and his friend, Carmela’s sister, Nucky. Barbara Carrano is one of the few leading ladies in Hollywood who can be considered a complete character, with each of her stories maintaining an arc which consistently finds her in the position of being a protagonist in the end. Her numerous and varied characters have kept the popularity of her career soaring over the decades.
Most of Barbara Carrano’s (and those of her characters), best-known works are the TV movies and TV shows she has been involved in. Her TV performances include such classics as “The Sopranos” for which she received an Oscar nomination, as well as “E.T.” For which she won the Satellite Award for her work in the film. However, her most notable and well-known TV role was as the cynical and strong-willed Emphysema in the long-running soap opera, “The Firm”.