Mailer, Norris Church

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Mailer, Norris Church Gender: F
Barbara Jean Davis
born on 31 January 1949 at 07:05 (= 07:05 AM )
Place Atkins, Arkansas, 35n15, 92w56
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 11°21' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 08°18 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 07°47'


American model, actress, artist and writer with her first book published in mid-2000, "Windchill Summer." The wife of writer Norman Mailer for 20 years, she resisted his offer of editing and let him read it after publication.

The only child of a heavy equipment operator and a beautician, Barbara was an adorable child, learning her center-stage role early in life by winning a title at age three of Little Miss Arkansas. In school she excelled in writing classes and majored in art and literature in college.

At 20, she married her college sweetheart Larry Norris. Their one son later became a film director. Barbara taught high school art, and she and Larry divorced in 1973. In 1975, Barbara went to a lecture given by Norman Mailer. He was 25 years older, renowned for booze and womanizing, married to his fourth wife and living with the woman who would become his fifth wife. None of it mattered; she fell hard. She moved to New York to be near Norman, changed her name to Norris Church and began modeling. As a painter, she had nine one-woman shows. She also gave birth to Mailer's ninth child, John Buffalo, in 1978, and became Mailer's sixth - and last - wife. They lived on beachfront property in Provincetown, RI.

She died from gastrointestinal cancer on November 21, 2010 at her Brooklyn Heights, NY home.

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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1973 (From Larry)
  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1975 (Norman Mailer)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1978 (Son John Buffolo born)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2000 (Book "Windchill Summer" released)
  • Death by Disease 21 November 2010 in Brooklyn Heights (Cancer, age 61)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

LMR quotes an article by Judy Klemesrud in the L.A. Herald Examiner of 4/29/1979 in which she interviewed Norris Church, Mailer's companion and mother of his eighth child who said "They were both born on January 31st, she in 1949 at 7:05 and he at 7:04."


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Terminal gastro-intestinal cancer)
  • Family : Childhood : Only child
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Mailer, 25-years-older)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Second husband, Norman Mailer)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Exhibited one-woman shows)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Model
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Public school art)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novel)