Barbara De Fina

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Barbara De Fina
Born (1949-12-28) December 28, 1949 (age 72)
New Jersey, U.S
💼 Occupation
Film producer
👩 Spouse(s)
Martin Scorsese
(m. 1985; div. 1991)

Barbara De Fina is an American film producer. She has been called a "integral component" who has made "critical contributions" as producer of many of Martin Scorcese's films.[1]


DeFina was born in New Jersey on December 28, 1949.[1] Her grandfather was from Sicily and her grandmother from Hungary, and she grew up in an immigrant community.[2] She got her start in the world of low-budget filmmaking, before meeting Martin Scorcese 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,[3] 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.

Da Fina and Scorcese divorced in 1991, but continued working together on projects for a decade 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 LoBrutto, Vincent (2008). Martin Scorsese: A Biography. Westport, Conn: Praeger. pp. 362–363. ISBN 9780313050619. OCLC 191849523 – via Google Books. Search this book on Logo.png
  2. 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.
  3. Merkin, Diane (1997). Dreaming of Hitler: Passions & Provocations. New York: Crown Publishers. pp. 162, 167. ISBN 9780517706268. OCLC 36648645 – via Internet Archive. Search this book on Logo.png

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