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Barbara Loden

Barbara Loden in 1958.
Personal information
Birth dateJuly 8, 1932
Place of birthMarion, North Carolina, USA
Date of deathSeptember 5, 1980(age 48)
Death placeNew York City, New York, USA
SpouseElia Kazan (1968-1980)
Laurence Joachim (div.)
AwardsBest Featured Actress in a Play
1964 After the Fall

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Barbara Loden (July 8, 1932, Marion, North Carolina September 5, 1980, New York City) was an American film and stage actress and film director.

At the time of her death at the age of 48 from breast cancer, she was married to the director Elia Kazan, by whom she had one child. She was perhaps best-known for her role in Kazan's film, Splendor in the Grass (1961), in which she played Warren Beatty's sister, as well as for portraying a fictionalized version of Marilyn Monroe in Kazan's stage production of After the Fall, written by Monroe's former husband, playwright Arthur Miller.

In 1970, Loden wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the independent film, Wanda. Innovative in its cinéma vérité style, it was one of the very few American films directed by a woman to be theatrically released at that time. Film critic David Thomson has written: "Wanda is full of unexpected moments and raw atmosphere, never settling for cliché in situation or character." The film won the International Critics' Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1970 and was presented at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.

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