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Annie Bierman and David Carradine Marriage Profile

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David Carradine and Annie Bierman in Park City, utah on January 24, 2007.

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After reportedly getting his life together, David Carradine married Annie Bierman in 2004. They had a short time together before his death in 2009.

Born:

David Carradine aka John Arthur Carradine: December 8, 1936 in Hollywood, California.

Died:

David: June 3, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. David died at the age of 72 in his suite at the Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel.

Wedding Date:

Annie and David were married in Malibu, California on December 26, 2004 at the home of Michael Madsen. Vicki Roberts, a friend and attorney, officiated at their wedding.

Children:

  • Calista Carradine: Born in 1962. Her mother is Donna Lee Becht. Calista is an actress.
  • Kansas Anne Carradine: Born in 1978. Her mother is Linda Gilbert. Kansas is an actress.
  • Tom Carradine aka Free Carradine: Born in 1972. His mother is Barbara Hershey. Tom is a special effects artist.

Occupations:

David: Actor, musician, commercial artist, producer, writer, composer, director, singer, and editor.

Previous Marriages of David Carradine:

  • Donna Lee Becht: Donna and David were married on 12/29/1960. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1968. Donna is an actress and singer.
  • Linda Gilbert: David and Linda were married on 2/2/1977 and divorced in 1983.
  • Gail Jensen: Gail was born in 1949. She is an actress, manager, songwriter, and producer. David and Gail were married on 12/4/1988. They separated in 1995 and divorced in 1997.

  • Marina Anderson aka Marina Benjamin: Marina was born in 1952. She is an actress, writer, makeup artist, and producer. Marina's first marriage to Michael Anderson Jr in 1986 ended in divorce in 1990. Marina met David in 1973 and later again in 1992 when she was appearing in the show "Kung Fu." David and Marina began dating in 1995 and were married on 2/20/1998 on the Laramie Street on the back lot of Warner Bros. Studio. They divorced on 12/12/2001.

Quotes About the Marriages of David Carradine:

Susan D. James: "In 2003 court documents that were published on the Web site Smoking Gun, Anderson said her four-year marriage to the former Kung Fu star left her suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder like a soldier returning from battle."
Source: Susan Donaldson James. "David Carradine Marriage Was 'Roller Coaster.'" ABCNews.go.com. 6/07/2009.

David: "And I always have my wife Annie to help me out ... I run everything by her. I don't think I could do much all by myself in any of my areas of production: film making, writing, Art, Music. A successful man, I believe, needs a woman –– not behind him –– but beside him."
Source: "David's Art Bio." Darrid-Carradine.com. pg 9.

David: "I lost an enormous amount of stuff in every one of my divorces ... Every 10 years or so I just move out of the house and walk down the road. Just take my dog and what I can fit in my car."
Source: Josh Rottenberg. "Oh, No!!!!! Mr. Bill!" Entertainment Weekly. 4/30/2004. pg. 116.

David: "I still sculpt. My latest is a bronze bust of my fourth wife I call "The Farmer's Daughter." It's been sitting in a foundry for several years. I'm waiting 'till I can see it as just a sculpture and not my ex-wife. Every once in a while, I go down there and change it a little. It keeps looking better. But, I don't want it in my house, so I don't know what to do with it anyway."
Source: "David's Art Bio." Darrid-Carradine.com. pg 10.

"But scarcely a decade later, fueled by booze and drugs, his life had degenerated into one long career slide marked by a string of straight-to-video movies and a reputation for a temper that left him almost unemployable ... But spurred on by his fourth wife, Marina Benjamin, a 40ish actress and producer, he put down his shot glass for good in March 1996."
Source: "Bouncing Back." People Weekly. 1/11/1999. pg. 133.

Ty Burr: "For better and for worse, Carradine's dusty, garrulous autobiography, ENDLESS HIGHWAY (Journey Editions, $24.95), shows this larger cultural change refracted through a man who has been by turns film-industry brat, beatnik, soldier, acidhead, fake TV "Chinaman," woolly-headed mystic, taciturn actor, idealistic director, and much married chump."
Source: Ty Burr. Entertainment Weekly. 12/8/1995. pg. 59.

Other Resources:
Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009.
"Fast Facts: David Carradine Biography." FoxNews.com. 6/4/2009.
David Germain, AP. "Carradine's death follows Zen-like turnabout." Sacbee.com. 6/4/2009.
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