Barbara De Fina

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Barbara De Fina
OccupationFilm producer
(m. 1985; div. 1991)

Barbara De Fina (b. 1946)[2] is an American film producer. She has been called an "integral component" who has made "critical contributions" as producer of many of Martin Scorsese's films.[1]


Her grandfather was from Sicily and her grandmother from Hungary, and she grew up in an immigrant community.[3] She got her start in the world of low-budget filmmaking, before meeting Martin Scorsese during the making of After Hours.[1] The two were married on February 8, 1985.[1]

Among her well-known films are The Color of Money,[1] Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence,[4] Casino, The Last Temptation of Christ[1] and The Grifters. In 2001 she and the production team of the film You Can Count on Me were presented the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.

Barbara De Fina also produced Michael Jackson's music video "Bad" with Quincy Jones.

De Fina and Scorsese divorced in 1991, but continued working together on projects for decades after that.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result
1998 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Foreign Film Kundun Nominated
1999 Western Heritage Award Bronze Wrangler The Hi-Lo Country Won
2001 Independent Spirit Award Best First Feature You Can Count on Me Won
2016 Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Motion Picture Silence Nominated
2017 Gold Derby Awards Motion Picture Silence Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d e f g LoBrutto, Vincent (2008). Martin Scorsese: A Biography. Westport, Conn: Praeger. pp. 362–363. ISBN 9780313050619. OCLC 191849523 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Milestones: Feb. 25, 1985". Time. February 25, 1985. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  3. ^ Viale, Valerio (May 29, 2017). "Spotlight on Film Producer Barbara De Fina: Reconnecting to Her Italian Heritage". L'Italo Americano. Archived from the original on June 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Merkin, Diane (1997). Dreaming of Hitler: Passions & Provocations. New York: Crown Publishers. pp. 162, 167. ISBN 9780517706268. OCLC 36648645 – via Internet Archive.

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