NEW YORK BABY
Polyglot, ethnic-chimera Diana Barrows is an
enfant terrible of the New York showbiz scene. Hardly out of her cradle,
she took her first piano, singing and dancing lessons, learning the
art of seduction shooting diaper and cornflakes commercials. Still a
child, she steps on stage - appearing in roles à la Shirley Temple,
during presidential galas at the White House. A few years later - after
a tap tribute to James Cagney he felt greatly apriled by (she’d
managed to distil the man’s presence through her own
style and already volcanic temperament) - she becomes lead singer and
dancer of The New York Fire Crackers, a young talentgang’s
band that went touring Japan for a year.
After her B.F.A. from N.Y.U., she then decides
to brave simultaneously the worlds of Theatre, Cinema, T.V. and Music-Hall,
orchestrating her career as she goes along. “I wanted to explore
everything,” she says, “both inside and outside the mainstream
- I still do, convinced that if it’s any good, the acting will
speak for itself.”
Her Broadway credits include a remarkable Trixie,
in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway, she is part of many
productions, appearing also as Geraldine in Panama Hattie.
For T.V., she strings together a number
of series (Knots Landing,...), sitcoms (Charles In Charge,...)
and MOWs (Addicted To His Love,...).
For Hollywood, she specializes a while in horror movies (Friday
the 13th, VII,...), yet also wins roles in sophisticated thrillers
(Ford Fairlane,...), romances and spoofs (My Mom’s
Over the recent years - whether in Europe,
Brazil or L.A. - she has constantly returned to one of her many roots:
playing in such avant-garde theatrical productions as As Larvas,
in Portuguese, Cuban comedies (Juventud Divino Tesoro) or notable
classics, such as Lope de Vega’s Dama Boba, where 16th
century Spanish verse seem second nature to her and “critics agree
she’s stunning!”. Came also a number of idiosyncratic moves
in 21st-century-Nouvelle-Digital-Vague format, and
some dazzling contributions to more conventional projects, such as a
Parisian musical where standard tunes were the call of the day. (“Life,”
she comments, “is an experiment in God’s lab of freedom.
One thing freedom cannot do is to remain passive.”)
Certainly what makes each of her new directions
most remarkable is that not only they add to her arsenal of techniques,
but - faithful as she is to her prior styles - they help her keep “her
shit”, as she artfully says, “always in check”. (Check
it. You’ll see.)
See and hear. For Barrows is also a prolific
singer. Her first single, Looking for You (Random Records),
received a very positive response from the clubs and radio stations
of the West Coast as it climbed the charts. Yet to be fair to her musical
(and personal) growth, one should be hipped about her extensive travelling
- from Brazil to Siberia - she always took as opportunities to foray
different musical (and dance) realms (she not only taps but masters
lambada, samba, gangsta hip-hop,...); not to mention her many collaborations
with Brazilian bands and groups or amazing recording history, in Japan
- in Japanese! As all Latin singers, she considers her voice her instrument.
These days, the “sparkling Diana Barrows”
- so speaks the Agence France-Presse - has decided to court the French
market with a song from the 70’s everyone still remembers; the
reason being, the composer of Michel - under the spell of her
Latin Music - decided to join force with her “subtly magnetic
voice” and compose a brand new version of his smash hit for her.
Thus rearranged as an R&B-cum-Glam jaunt, beautifully sung by Barrows,
Michel energizes the soundtrack of French film Drôle de Félix.
Diana Barrows is currently working on a musical
about the life of Frida Kahlo.
With several projects in the works, she stars in a film based on Debord’s
La Société du Spectacle, whose voice critics
say “she makes us hear for the first time”.
FRIDAY THE 13th (PART VII) - Paramount
THE END OF INNOCENCE - Dyan Cannon Productions
MY MOM’S A WEREWOLF - Crown International
SHE’S OUT OF CONTROL - Weintraub Entertainment
INTIMATE POWER - Wetherly Inc.
FORD FAIRLANE - 20th Century Fox
SPACECASE - Amethyst Entertainment
THE STORY OF ROISSY - Bedrock Holding Productions
THE SPARTANS - Buck Tooth Ent. (Sundance)
LA SIXIEME PISTE - Cadix Productions
FUROR TEUTONICUS - Canal +
WHITE KNIGHT - Central Base Productions
FRIDAY FISH DAY - N.A.
LA SOCIETE DU SPECTACLE - N.A.
CINEASTES A TOUT PRIX - Saga Film (Cannes Film Festival)
DEAR JOHN - Paramount
EMPTY NEST - Witt, Thomas, Harris
KNOTS LANDING - Lorimar
ADDICTED TO LOVE - ABC / MOW
RAGS TO RICHES - NBC
FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES - Nightmare Productions
CHARLES IN CHARGE - Universal
ANNIE XMAS SPECIAL - NBC
HOW TO PICK UP GIRLS - ABC
TONY AWARDS - NBC
N.H.K. - Japan
VAMP - Globo TV, Brazil
UN HOMME - France 2
MIDNIGHT + - Canal +
BROADWAY / OFF BROADWAY
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF - Trixie - Broadway / J.F. Kennedy Center, WA
MUSIC MAN - Amaryllis - New England Tour
PANAMA HATTIE - Geraldine - Off-Broadway
WHITE HOUSE PERFORMANCE - President’s Gala Event (Governor’s Dinner) - For P.O.T.U.S.
MY MOTHERS A VICE PRESIDENT - Abby - Eccentric Circles Theatre
TURN ON THE HEAT - Lead - N.Y. Firecrackers - (Perf. in Japanese) - Japan Tour
AS LARVAS - Larva - (Perf. in Portuguese) - Cacilda Becker, Brazil
DONA ROSITA LA SOLTERA - Ayola - (Perf. in Spanish & English) - Bilingual Foundation of the Arts - L.A.
TIME IS MONEY - Carla - (Perf. in French) - MC93 Bobigny / Comédie de Picardie, Fr ance
LA DAMA BOBA / THE WITLESS LADY - Lead - (Perf. in Spanish & English) - Bilingual Foundation of the Arts - L.A.
THE ARTIST’S SPIRIT / EL ESPIRITO DE LA PINTORA - Lorena - (Perf. in Spanish & English) - Frida Kahlo Theatre - L.A.
CYRANO - Dueña - (Perf. in Spanish & English) - East L.A. Classics
JUVENTUD DIVINO TESORO / DIVINE TREASURE OF YOUTH - Gladys - (Perf. in Spanish & English) - Bilingual Foundation of the Arts - L.A.
ET SI ON CHANTAIT? - Leslie - (Perf. in French) - Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris / European Tour
PRO-STARS - SERIES REGULAR - DIC
BACK TO THE FUTURE - SERIES RECURRING - Universal
COMMERCIALS / VOICE-OVERS
CD JAPAN - "TURN ON THE HEAT" - 30 YEARS AGO (in Japanese) - Kitty Records
12” DANCE SINGLE - LOOKING FOR YOU - Random Records
CD - UP & UP (in English, French & Portuguese) - SPI Productions
CD SINGLE - MICHEL (in French) - Musidisc (Also Soundtrack The Adventures of Felix)
CD COMPILATION - "MOSQUITO BAR 3" - SOMETHING - BMG
Acting: Stella Adler, BFA Program N.Y.U.
Singing: Sue Seton, Jeanette Lovetri
Tap Dancing: Phil Black, Jerry Ames, Bob Audy
Jazz/Ballet: Phil Black, Bob Audy, Nemchinova
Fluent in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian (some Japanese)
Singing, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Salsa, Lambada, Samba, Hip-Hop, Swing, Flamenco
||L.A., N.Y., Paris
||Fluent in 5 languages
||“Somebody questioning me about my
enjoyment of music, ended up asking: but what about silence? Could
it also be expressed musically? I said: Sure. Give me Elvin Jones,
Olodum and three of the Gipsy Kings!”
||“Life,” she comments, “is
an experiment in God’s lab of freedom. One thing freedom cannot
do is to remain passive.”
||“But why has the sparkling Diana
Barrows chosen to crusade the francophone market?” Agence
||“One usually wants to take actors
to task for putting on silly faces, but Barrows not only makes it
work, she uses it to great effect when she must play-act her former
witlessness to get the husband she wants.” (Referring to Lope
De Vega’s La Dama Boba)