Barbara Loden

About Barbara Loden

Who is it?: Actress, Director, Producer
Birth Day: July 08, 1932
Birth Place:  Marion, North Carolina, United States
Cause of death: Breast cancer
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1957–1980
Spouse(s): Laurence Joachim (divorced) Elia Kazan (m. 1968; her death 1980)
Children: 2
Awards: Tony award for Best Featured Actress in a Play - After the Fall, 1964 International Critics Award (as director) - Venice Film Festival, 1970

Barbara Loden

Barbara Loden was born on July 08, 1932 in  Marion, North Carolina, United States, is Actress, Director, Producer. A one-time pin-up beauty and magazine story model, Barbara Loden studied acting in New York in the early 50s and was on the Broadway boards within the decade. She was discovered for films by legendary producer/director Elia Kazan who was impressed with what she did in a small role as Montgomery Clift's secretary in Wild River (1960). He moved her up to feature status with her next role as Warren Beatty's wanton sister in his classic Splendor in the Grass (1961). As Kazan's protégé, she appeared as part of Kazan's stage company in the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater's production of After the Fall, winning the Tony and Outer Critic's Circle awards for that dazzling performance. An oddly entrancing, delicate blonde beauty possessed with a Marilyn Monroe-like vulnerability, she impressed in two of his other stage productions as well - But For Whom Charlie and The Changeling . After appearing in the failed movie Fade-In (1968) with Burt Reynolds, she married Kazan and went into semi-retirement. Barbara wrote, directed and starred, however, in a bold independent film entitled Wanda (1970) and became an unexpected art house darling, distinguishing herself as one of the few woman directors whose work was theatrically-released during the period. She won praise in all three departments, nabbing the Venice Film Festival's International Critics Prize. Supposedly discouraged by a doubting, perhaps even resentful Kazan, Barbara never followed up on this success. She expressed interest and was in the midst of putting together another film, based on the novella The Awakening by Kate Chopin, when she learned in 1978 she had breast cancer. Barbara died two and a half years later, at age 48, after the cancer spread to her liver - before the project ever came to fruition. The Hollywood industry lost a burgeoning talent who just might have opened doors for other women directors had she been given the time.
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As per our current Database, Barbara Loden has been died on September 5, 1980(1980-09-05) (aged 48)\nNew York City, New York, U.S..

🎂 Barbara Loden - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday

When Barbara Loden die, Barbara Loden was 48 years old.

Popular As Barbara Loden
Occupation Actress
Age 48 years old
Zodiac Sign Leo
Born July 08, 1932 ( Marion, North Carolina, United States)
Birthday July 08
Town/City  Marion, North Carolina, United States
Nationality United States

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Barbara Loden’s zodiac sign is Leo. According to astrologers, people born under the sign of Leo are natural born leaders. They are dramatic, creative, self-confident, dominant and extremely difficult to resist, able to achieve anything they want to in any area of life they commit to. There is a specific strength to a Leo and their "king of the jungle" status. Leo often has many friends for they are generous and loyal. Self-confident and attractive, this is a Sun sign capable of uniting different groups of people and leading them as one towards a shared cause, and their healthy sense of humor makes collaboration with other people even easier.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Barbara Loden was born in the Year of the Monkey. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey thrive on having fun. They’re energetic, upbeat, and good at listening but lack self-control. They like being active and stimulated and enjoy pleasing self before pleasing others. They’re heart-breakers, not good at long-term relationships, morals are weak. Compatible with Rat or Dragon.

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Famous Quotes:

I really hate slick pictures…. They’re too perfect to be believable. I don’t mean just in the look. I mean in the rhythm, in the cutting, the music—everything. The slicker the technique is the slicker the content becomes, until everything turns into Formica, including the people.



After an affair while they were both married to other people, Loden married film Director Elia Kazan, who was twenty-three years her senior. Though the couple had become estranged and had previously considered divorce, they were still married at the time of her death from breast cancer at the age of 48. She had one child, Leo, with Kazan. Loden had another child, Marco, by her first husband, film and television Producer and film distributor, Larry Joachim, whom she had married in the 1950s.


Loden made her New York theater debut in 1957 in Compulsion and also appeared on stage in The Highest Tree with Robert Redford as well as Night Circus with Ben Gazzara. She joined the cast of The Ernie Kovacs Show as a "scantily clad" sidekick to Kovacs, a job that her first husband, television Producer and film distributor Larry Joachim, helped her attain. She said she owed a lot to Kovacs, as another Producer on the show had initially vetoed Kovacs' decision to hire her. In interviews, Loden said "Ernie felt sorry for me" and gave her another job as a stunt sidekick, rolling around in a rug or getting hit in the face with a pie.


In 1960, Loden appeared in Elia Kazan's film Wild River as Montgomery Clift’s secretary. She was perhaps better known for her role in Splendor in the Grass (1961), in which she played Warren Beatty's sister.


She famously portrayed "Maggie", a fictionalized version of Marilyn Monroe in Kazan's Lincoln Center Repertory Company stage production of After the Fall (1964), which was written by Monroe's former husband, Playwright Arthur Miller. Loden received a Tony award for best Actress for her performance in After the Fall, as well as an annual award of the Outer Circle, an organization of Writers who covered Broadway for national magazines. After the Fall reviews touted that Loden was the "new Jean Harlow" and a "blonde bombshell". She married Director Kazan, her second husband, in 1966.


While on safari with Kazan in 1966, a mutual friend, Harry Schuster, offered Loden $100,000 to make her own movie. Encouraged, she wrote the screenplay for Wanda. The story, an existential rumination on a poverty-stricken woman adrift in Pennsylvania coal country, did not attract any potential Directors to the project, including Kazan. So Loden directed it herself, made in collaboration with Cinematographer and Editor Nicholas T. Proferes, on a meager budget of $115,000.


Wanda is a semi-autobiographical portrait of a "passive, disconnected coal miner's wife who attaches herself to a petty crook." Innovative in its cinéma vérité and improvisational style, it was one of the few American films directed by a woman to be theatrically released at that time. Film critic David Thomson wrote, "Wanda is full of unexpected moments and raw atmosphere, never settling for cliché in situation or character." The film was the only American film accepted to, and which won, the International Critics' Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1970, and was presented at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. In 2010, with support from Gucci, the film was restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and screened at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.


Loden was described as a shy, humble, statuesque and soft-spoken loner who was born in a small town in North Carolina (Marion). She was raised by her religious maternal grandparents, after her own parents had divorced, and her mother went to another town to find work. Loden moved to New York at the age of 16 and worked her way up as a pin-up girl, model, and Dancer at the famed Copacabana nightclub, before studying at the famed Actor’s Studio and becoming an actor.

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