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421_Monica Guerritore_09Monica Guerritore (Rome, Italy, January 5, 1957) is an Italian actress of cinema, theatre and television.

Biography
After her debut at just sixteen years of age under the direction of Giorgio Strehler in The Cherry Orchard (however, she had her first small part in Vittorio De Sica’s Una breve vacanza, at the early age of 13), she tied herself romantically and artistically to film and theatre director Gabriele Lavia, acting in his theatrical performances mostly strong female characters like Jocasta, Lady Macbeth and Ophelia. The couple separated in 2001, and Guerritore continued her work with other directors, like Giancarlo Sepe, in Madame Bovary, Carmen and in The Lady of the Camellias.

Beside the stage career, she also works on television and film: in 1976 along Marcello Mastroianni in Signore e signori, buonanotte, in 1977 she plays the title role in first RAI colour TV play Manon Lescaut, also, significant performances were in Salvatore Samperi’s Fotografando Patrizia (1985) and in Mauro Bolognini’s La Venexiana (1986).

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She came back to RAI in 1997, with tile role in Costanza, and in 1999, in Mario Caiano’s L’amore oltre la vita. In 2004 she plays Ambra Leonardi in Amanti e segreti, and in 2006 Ada Sereni in Gianluigi Calderone’s Exodus.

Gabriele Lavia directed her in many, often erotically toned, movies, including Scandalosa Gilda (1985), Sensi (1986) and La lupa (1996). In 2007 she plays a part in Ferzan Özpetek’s Un giorno perfetto, and in 2008 in Ivano De Matteo’s La bella gente.

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She is currently engaged in filming of Christian Duguay’s Sant’Agostino in the role of Monica.

In theatre, she also directed Giovanna d’Arco (2004–2006), and Dall’Inferno all’Infinito (2008).

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403_Giuliana De Sio_07Giuliana De Sio (born in Salerno 2 April 1957) is an Italian actress and the sister of folk singer Teresa De Sio.

Biography and career
She was born in Salerno and lived in Cava de’ Tirreni, her family’s town of origin. She made her first public appearance when she was five years old, in a show at the Verdi theater in Salerno. She began her professional career in 1976 when Gianni Bongiovanni choose her for the RAI TV film Una donna. Elio Petri then gave her a part in Mani sporche and Mario Monicelli choose her to star in Il malato immaginario together with the famous Italian actor Alberto Sordi.

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Her meeting with Massimo Troisi, who cast her in Scusate il ritardo in 1982, brought her to the attention of the new generation of Italian directors. With Francesco Nuti she shot the celebrated Io, Chiara e lo Scuro and Casablanca Casablanca.

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391_alba_parietti_01Alba Parietti (born 2 July 1961 in Turin, Piedmont) is an Italian film actress, television presenter, and entertainer.

Her career began in 1977 with an appearance in the play, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde. Although she did appear on television as early as 1975, her first role in a major picture was in 1983 with Sapore di Mare. She has since performed in many other films, including the 1991 comedy Abbronzatissimi, in the role of Aurora.

In 1992, she co-hosted the Sanremo Music Festival with Pippo Baudo.

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Anna Moana Rosa Pozzi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈanna moˈana ˈroza ˈpottsi]; 27 April 1961 – 15 September 1994), best known as Moana Pozzi and Moana, was an Italian pornographic actress, actress, television personality, model, politician and writer.

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Early years
Pozzi was born Anna Moana Rosa Pozzi in Genoa, Liguria. Her parents chose her name from a geographic map of Hawaii: it means "where the sea is deepest". Her father Alfredo Pozzi was a nuclear engineer and he moved around the world with his family for work, and her mother Rosanna was a housewife. As a teen, Moana lived with her family in Canada, then in Brazil. At 13 years old, in 1974, Moana moved back to Italy with her family, where she finished secondary school. When the family had to move again to Lyon, France, she decided to start living independently in Rome around 1980, when she was 19 years old.

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In Rome, Pozzi started working as a model and studied acting. Sometimes she performed in TV adverts or as a walk-on in comedy movies. She was very ambitious, and in Rome she became the lover of many famous people. Her most famous secret lover was Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister of Italy from 1983 to 370_Anna Moana Rosa Pozzi_051987. Through his intervention, she got a job at Rai Television on a children’s entertainment program. The same year (1981) she performed her first hardcore movie, Valentina, ragazza in calore (Valentina, Girl in Heat), credited as Linda Heveret. A minor scandal ensued since, at the same time the movie was in theatres, she was still working on children’s TV. She denied being the same person, but she was suspended from TV anyway. This gave her her first popularity in newspapers and magazines. In 1985 Federico Fellini wanted her to perform in his movie Ginger and Fred.

Career
In 1986, Pozzi met Riccardo Schicchi, manager of Diva Futura, the agency of the most famous porn stars like Cicciolina. Her first A-movie in hard core was Fantastica Moana, where she used her real name for the first time. She also took part in the famous Curve Deliziose (Delicious Curves) next to Cicciolina 370_Anna Moana Rosa Pozzi_06others, the first live show in Italy where naked models would masturbate onstage. This caused scandal and accusations of outrageous obscenity. She became huge in the hardcore business and soon eclipsed the popularity of Cicciolina in Italy. (At the same time Cicciolina stopped doing porn to pursue a political career in Italian Parliament.) Pozzi’s appearances on TV also caused scandal. In the show Matrjoska by Antonio Ricci, she used to appear on stage completely naked or just wrapped in a transparent plastic veil. Magazines and newspapers were more and more interested in her and she was often featured on covers. She was also appreciated for her distinctive intelligence, defying the cliché of the brainless pinup. She cultivated intellectuals, writers, and artists such as Mario Schifano or Dario Bellezza. This was the first time a porn-star became so popular in everyday life.

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350_Maria Grazia Buccella_14Maria Grazia Buccella, (born 15 August 1940) is a Maria Grazia Buccella former Italian glamour model, Miss Italy contestant (1959) and film actress.

Buccella screentested for the role of Domino Derval 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. The role eventually went to French actress, Claudine Auger. That year, she appeared in the Dino Risi directed film Il Gaucho which co starred actors such as Vittorio Gassman.

In 1966, she played the beauty Miss Okra in the Peter Sellers film After the Fox. In 1968, she won a Silver Ribbon award at the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists for Best Supporting Actress (Migliore Attrice Non Protagonista) in the film Ti ho sposato per allegria.

She featured on the cover of Playmen magazine in November 1976. She virtually retired from film in 1979 although made two small appearances in the late 1980s and a final appearance in the 2000 TV series Hotel Otello.

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Cinzia Mambretti is an Italian actress, known for Il tempo degli assassini (1975).

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Marilù Tolo (born 16 January 1944) is an Italian film actress. She appeared in 64 films between 1960 and 1985.

Born in Rome, Tolo debuted at very young age as an assistant of Mario Riva in the RAI variety show Il Musichiere. She made her film debut at 16 years old in Alberto Lattuada’s I dolci inganni.

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She was also a fashion model and a close friend of Italian stylist Valentino. Valentino told in an interview to Italian newspaper La Repubblica that Tolo was the only woman he had ever really loved.

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286_tolo_01Selected filmography
Shéhérazade (1963)
The Triumph of Hercules (1964)
Marriage Italian-Style (1964)
The Magnificent Gladiator (1964)
Sept hommes et une garce (1967)
Django Kill (1967)
The Oldest Profession (1967)
Commandos (1968)
Roy Colt and Winchester Jack (1970)
Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)
My Dear Killer (1972)
Themroc (1973)
The Five Days aka Le Cinque Giornate (1973)
The Greek Tycoon (1978)
Vacanze di Natale (1983)

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274_Silvia Dionisio_05Silvia Dionisio (born 28 September 1951) is an Italian actress who appeared in several movies in the 1970s, including Amici miei and Ondata di piacere.

Born in Rome, Dionisio made her debut in the world of cinema when she was only 14 years old., in the movie Darling. Her career followed with parts in mediocre musical Italian movies, along with singers like Mario Tessuto, Gianni Dei, Little Tony and Mal. On the set of one of these movies she met director Ruggero Deodato, who became her husband. The two had a son, Saverio Deodato-Dionisio, who worked as an actor.
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In 1975 Dionisio was protagonist of Ondata di piacere, the sole truly erotic movie of her career, directed by Deodato. In the same year, she played Ugo Tognazzi’s lover in the comedy Amici miei, by Mario Monicelli. In late 1970s she played in several action or sexy movies, but in the early 1980s left the cinema.

Her last appearance was in a liqueur spot directed by Federico Fellini.

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269_erica_blanc_02Enrica Bianchi Colombatto (born July 23, 1942 in Brescia, Lombardy) is an Italian actress, usually known by her stagename of Erika Blanc.

Movie career
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er most notable role was as the first fictional character Emmanuelle in Io, Emanuelle. Blanc also starred in several horror films, including Kill, Baby, Kill, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, The Devil’s Nightmare, and Mark of the Devil Part II.

She recently came back with little but very intense roles under the direction of Turkish-born director Ferzan Özpetek, acting as Antonia’s mother in Le fate ignoranti (2001), and as the sensitive, alcohol-addicted Maria Clara in Cuore Sacro (2005). In 2003 she also starred as the grandmother in Poco più di un anno fa-Diario di un pornodivo, directed by Marco Filiberti.

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242_Claudia Koll_002Claudia Koll (stage name of Claudia Colacione; born May 17, 1965) is an Italian actress and missionary.

Biography
Claudia Koll was born in Rome of Italian and Romanian parentage.

Koll made her debut as a cinema actress in 1989, but achieved fame for her part in the erotic movie Così fan tutte (All Ladies Do It, 1992), directed by Tinto Brass. Subsequently she has worked mostly for theater and television. She reached her widest audience in the popular television series Linda e il brigadiere (Linda and the Brigadier, 1997-2000) with Nino Manfredi.

She co-hosted the 1995 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival.

She had a Catholic upbringing, but when she left home to become an actress, she also left the Church. As she said in testimony, she began to live as she liked, doing whatever she wanted, in a spirit of rebellion against all authority. She lived this transgressive life, she says, for many years, thinking it was true liberty, but its actual effect on her was to leave her psychologically vulnerable and without protection. One day in 2000, during a session of vaguely Buddhist, vaguely "New Age"-style meditation such as (she says) many people in show business make use of in order to relax and be able to concentrate on their work, she found herself, without warning, overcome by a terrifying sense of being in the presence of evil and in mortal danger. In her fear she began to recite the Lord’s Prayer and felt the threat recede. According to the exorcist Father Francesco Bamonte, "transcendental meditation…and other such New Age practices that stress ‘out of body’ experiences" can potentially open the door to demonic attacks.

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Subsequently Claudia Koll became a devout Roman Catholic. She is involved in several humanitarian activities and has travelled all over Italy to give testimony of her conversion and invite young people to return to prayer and faith in God. In 2006 she also gave a moving testimony at a healing service in Malta.

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Filmography
Orlando sei (1989)
Così fan tutte (1992)
Benito – The Rise and Fall of Mussolini (1993)
Miracolo italiano (1994)
Uomini sull’orlo di una crisi di nervi (1995)
Cucciolo (1998)

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253_Eleonora Giorgi_007Eleonora Giorgi (born October 21, 1953) is an Italian actress, screenwriter and film director.

Biography
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iorgi was born in Rome. She made her film debut in a minor role in Paolo Cavara‘s horror film Black Belly of the Tarantula (1970) and subsequently appeared in nearly fifty films, including Domenico Paolella’s Story of a Cloistered Nun (1973), Salvatore Samperi’s La sbandata (1974), Pasquale Festa Campanile‘s Conviene far bene l’amore (U.S. title: Love and Energy) (1976), Franco Brusati‘s To Forget Venice (1979), Dario Argento’s Inferno (1980), Nino Manfredi’s Nudo di donna (1981), and Liliana Cavani’s Beyond Obsession (1982). For her performance in Carlo Verdone’s Borotalco (1982), she won the Nastro d’Argento award and David di Donatello award for Best Actress.

In 2003, Giorgi wrote and directed the film Uomini & donne, amori & bugie (U.S. title: Love, Lies, Kids… & Dogs).

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222_Femi Benussi_001Eufemia "Femi" Benussi (born 4 March 1945), is an Italian film actress. She appeared in 82 films between 1965 and 1983.

She was born in Rovigno, Italy (now Rovinj, Croatia). She debuted on stage at the Teatro del Popolo of Fiume, then she moved in Rome and made her film debut at 19 in Il boia scarlatto, with the pseudonym Femy Martin. Benussi was mainly active in genre films, and in the seventies she became a star of the commedia sexy all’italiana sub-genre.
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222_Femi Benussi_003Selected filmography
Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)
The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)
Il tempo degli avvoltoi (1967)
Requiem for a Gringo (1968)
Death Knocks Twice (1969)
Tarzana, the Wild Girl (1969)
La mala ordina (1972)
The Countess Died of Laughter (1973)
La ragazza di via Condotti (1973)
Il domestico (1974)
The Sensual Man (1974)
The Stranger and the Gunfighter (1974)
The Killer Must Kill Again (1975)
Nude per l’assassino (1975)
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Confessions of a Frustrated Housewife (1976)

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214_Paola Pitagora_007Paola Pitagora (born 24 August 1941) is an Italian film actress. She has appeared in 50 films since 1959.

Born in Parma, Pitagora attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and the acting school by Alessandro Fersen. In 1960 she debuted as a RAI TV-hostess of variety and infortaintment programs. In 1962 she made her theatrical debut with Gog e Magog, then appeared in a great number of stage works. In 1965 she achieved a wide popularity with the leading role of Lucia in the TV series I Promessi sposi directed by Sandro Bolchi. She later starred on several other TV series, having one another remarkable success in 1972 with the sci-fi series A come Andromeda.

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Pitagora’s film career started in 1959 with an uncredited role in Costa azzurra; she had fewer opportunities to show her talent at cinema, where is probably best known for the role of the unstable Giulia of Marco Bellocchio‘s Fists in the Pocket (1965). In 1969 she won the Nastro d’Argento for best actress thanks to her performance in the Luigi Comencini’s giallo Unknown Woman.

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Pitagora is also an author of songs for children; her song "La giacca rotta" won the Zecchino d’Oro in 1962.

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209_Orchidea De Santis_001Orchidea De Santis (born 20 December 1948, Bari) is an Italian television and film actress.

Biography
Orchidea De Santis is an Italian actress in cinema, theatre and television. Her films include Il Vizio di Famiglia directed by Mariano Laurenti, Per Amare Ofelia by Flavio Mogherini, Concerto per Pistola Solista by Michele Lupo, Colpo di Stato by Luciano Salce (1969) and Paolo il caldo by Marco Vicario (1973). She appeared briefly in Il Nero by Giovanni Vento (1965) and Una Macchia Rosa by Enzo Muzii (1970). Since the mid-1980s, her film work has declined in favor of other activities.
Her theater work includes comedies such as Morto un Papa se ne fa un Altro, Strega Roma and Chicchignola written by Ettore Petrolini, all of which were directed by Ghigo De Chiara and Fiorenzo Fiorentini.

De Santis appeared in Sottoveste by Castellacci e Ventimiglia and Love and Life by Mike Immordino. She wrote and acted in La Bambola Orchidea featuring the music of maestro Aldo Saitto, as well as Chicchignola with Mario Scaccia, and La cicogna si diverte by Carlo Alighero.

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For the RAI radio, De Santis appeared in many roles, mainly in the serials Barocco a Roma and Racconto Italiano which were broadcast in the late 1970s. In the 1989 she began working in the international broadcasting department where she produced Notturno Italiano, AZ per gli Italiani all’Estero, Italia Canta, Itinerari Italiani, Facile Ascolto.She was producer of the radio show L’Arca di Noè, and 13 episodes of Ciak si esegue. She also developed and produced a program about animals called L’Anello di Re Salomone. She is currently the director of, Due di Notte.

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Her television work includes Roosvelt (Rai Tre 1986), Maga Circe and Lucrezia Borgia (Rai Uno 1987) and Il caso Redoli, a TV series: The Great Trials (Rai Uno 1996).Outside of cinema and theater, she worked with the city government of Rome, organizing a review of 1970s Italian cinema called Italia (de)Genere.

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W22 154Lisa Gastoni (born 28 July 1935 in Alassio, Province of Savona) is an Italian film actress.

Biography
Daughter of an Italian father and an Irish mother, Gastoni moved to England after World War II and there began her film and modeling career. She appeared in various B-movies throughout the 1950s, as well as co-starring as Giulia in the Sapphire Films TV series The Four Just Men (1959) for ITV.

Gastoni returned to Italy in the 1960s, at first appearing in sword-and-sandal and swashbuckler films, but eventually gaining the attention of respected directors. The turning point in her film career was her role in Grazie, zia by Salvatore Samperi. This would set the tone for the roles she would play for the next decade; bourgeois women who were seductive yet sexually frustrated, cruel and arrogant yet sad and sympathetic, manipulating the people around them to try and fill the emptiness in their own lives.

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After 1979, she retired from acting for over 20 years, focusing on painting and writing. She returned to the screen with an appearance in the film Cuore Sacro.

129_lisa_gastoni_002Selected filmography
Doctor in the House (1954)
The Baby and the Battleship (1956)
Three Men in a Boat (1956)
Second Fiddle (1957)
Blue Murder at St Trinian’s (1957)
Man from Tangier (1957)
Face in the Night (1957)
Intent to Kill (1958)
The Breaking Point (1961)
Gidget Goes to Rome (1963)
Wild, Wild Planet (1965)
War of the Planets (1966)
Wake Up and Die (1966)
Come Play with Me (1968)
Seduction (1973)
Bitter Love (1974)
Scandal (1976)
Cuore Sacro (2005)

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114_serena_grandi_008Serena Grandi (born on March 23, 1958 in Bologna) is an Italian actress, famous as an icon and sex symbol in Italian cinema of 1980s and 1990s. Known for her junoesque body and voluptuous measurements, she was considered one of the main pin-up girls of Italy. Some films credited her as Vanessa Steiger.

Biography
Serena Grandi is the stage name for Serena Faggioli, born in Bologna. Graduated in computer programming, she was firstly employed in a scientific analysis laboratory. She started her acting career in 1980 playing a supporting role in the comedy film La Compagna di viaggio by Ferdinando Baldi.

In the same year she played the role of Maggie in the controversial film Antropophagus, directed by Joe D’Amato. This film is well known among horror movie fans for its extreme gore sequences. After several minor roles, she took the title role in Tinto Brass’ Miranda, which gave her the status of sex symbol in her native Italy and set the path for her stardom.

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Through the 1980s, she made nearly 20 films, mainly appearing in "Commedie sexy all’italiana" and erotic films, but also starring in sword epics such as The Adventures of Hercules and in some horror films. In 1987 Lamberto Bava gave her the role of Gloria in his film Delirium. In 1991 she married the twenty years older antiquarian Beppe Ercole, with whom she had a son Edoardo; the couple divorced in 1998.

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In the 1990s, she started to back away from the spotlight a bit; during this time she focused her career on television series. In 2003-2004 Grandi spent 157 days under house arrest accused of having sold a few grams of cocaine. The case was later acquitted.

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In 2006, she was candidate in the list of Azione Sociale, a right party led by Alessandra Mussolini, but she was not elected. The same year she published his first novel, L’amante del federale. In 2008, after ten years of break, she returned to acting.

114_serena_grandi_009Filmography
La grande bellezza (2013)
Il papà di Giovanna (2008)
Monella (1998)
Radiofreccia (1998)
Anni ’50 (1998, mini TV series)
Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna (1998, TV series)
Ladri si nasce (1997, TV)
Gli inaffidabili (1997)
La strana storia di Olga O. (1995)
Delitto passionale (1994)
Il prezzo della vita(1993, TV)
Graffiante desiderio (1993)
Donne sottotetto (1992)
Saint Tropez, Saint Tropez (1992)
Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride (1991, TV)
Per odio per amore (1991, TV)
In nome del popolo sovrano (1990)
L’insegnante di violoncello (1990)
Delirium (1987)
Les exploits d’un jeune Don Juan (1987)
Teresa (1987)
Rimini Rimini (1987)
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Abbronzatissima (1987)
Zanzibar(1986, TV)
The Adventures of Hercules (1985)
Miranda(1985)
Sogni e bisogni (1985, TV miniseries )
La signora della notte (1985)
Desiderando Giulia (1985)
Acapulco, prima spiaggia… a sinistra (1983)
Sturmtruppen II (1983)
Malamore (1982)
Pierino la peste alla riscossa (1982)
Pierino colpisce ancora (1982)
Teste di cuoio (1981)
Antropophagus (1980, as Vanessa Steiger)
114_serena_grandi_011Tranquille donne di compagna (1980)
La compagna di viaggio (1980)

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113_roselba_neri_001Rosalba Neri (born in Forlì, 19 June 1939), sometimes credited as Sara Bey or Sara Bay, is a retired Italian actress.

Biography
Born in Forlì, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, Neri was regarded for her beauty even in youth, winning a beauty pageant when she was still young. Eventually pursuing an acting career, she attended il Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (The Center for Experimental Cinematography). She also received an offer to attend the Actors Studio in the United States, but did not accept.

Early film career
She began her film career a year prior to that, at the age of 15 with a role in the film I Pinguini ci guardano (The Penguins Watch Us) in which the animals at the zoo watched the humans around them and cultivated some very interesting thoughts. Many sources, however, list her first film as Mogli pericolose. She is uncredited in this comedy which was directory by Luigi Comencini.

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Historical roles
In 1960, she appeared in two sword and sandal films set in the Ancient world. The first was Il Sepolcro dei Re (The Tomb of the King). This film tells the story of Nemorat, an Egyptian pharaoh who was instrumental in the creation of the pyramids of Giza due to the intrigues surrounding his death and entombment.

The second was Raoul Walsh’s Esther and the King, starring Joan Collins as the Biblical Jewish Queen. Rosalba played Keresh and was assassinated by someone who mistook her for the Queen. Because of her dark, sultry beauty, Rosalba was often a natural fit to play certain legendary characters. She was Ramses’ intended bride in the Hercules Adventure, Il Leone de Thebe (The Lion of Thebes) in 1966. She was also in Ercole contro i figli del sole (Hercules against the Sons of the Sun) in 1964. She played Delilah, the Biblical beauty who was the downfall of the Old Testament hero, Samson, in I Grandi Condottieri (The Great Guides).

Although starring roles were few and far between for Rosalba, she worked steadily throughout the 60s and 70s in supporting and sometimes, nondescript roles, such as her turn as a harem girl in (1961’s) El Cid.

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Spy films
Rosalba also had quite a few roles in Eurospy intrigue films, often playing a less than saintly character. She was Faddja in 1965’s Il Superseven Chiama Cairo (Superseven Calls on Cairo), one of the dangerous ‘women’ that the spy, a James Bond-like character, comes into contact with. Also in 1965, she appeared in Due Mafiosi contro Goldfinger (Two Mafioso against Goldfinger). Here she was credited as Sara Bay and played a character called “The Secretary.”In 1967, she was Amalia in Password: Uccidete Agente Gordon (Password: Kill Agent Gordon).

Spaghetti westerns
She had roles in several 19 spaghetti westerns over the years. In 1965’s, Dinamite Jim, she played Margaret; and, in ’67 she was Rosita in Emimmo Salvi’s Wanted: Johnny Texas. That year she also appeared in Johnny Yuma, which was directed by Romolo Guerrieri followed by Long Days of Hate.

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Erotic films
Rosalba, the bombshell, was also much in demand for erotic Giallo thrillers, horror, and sexploitation films. She was in Jess Franco’s 99 Women (1969), one of the first women in prison films, and Top Sensation, aka The Seducers (1969) opposite Edwige Fenech. In 1972 she played Farley Granger’s wife in Alla Ricerca del piacere (Amuck, aka Leather & Whips). Granger plays a wealthy author who hires a beautiful secretary (Barbara Bouchet) and engages in kinky sex games with her and his wife.

Bouchet and Neri would team up in another movie combining sex with horror, Casa d’appuntamento (French Sex Murders, 1972). A jewel thief is accused of murdering a prostitute but is decapitated in a motorcycle accident prior to the trial. When those involved in the trial start dying, everyone wonders if the dead man has come back to exact a little revenge.

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Perhaps Rosalba’s best-known films are from the horror genre. This is also where she is often credited as Sara Bay (or Bey), much to her fans’ chagrin. She played Tania Frankenstein, the daughter of the monster’s creator, in 1972’s Lady Frankenstein. Tania was willing to take her father’s work to new – and frightening – levels. It’s considered a “B” movie classic. She also played Lady Dracula, a vampire who uses the ring of Dracula to lure young virgins to her home so she can murder them and bathe in their blood (à la the medieval Countess Elizabeth of Báthory). The film, which was directed by Luigi Batzella, is often referred to as The Devil’s Wedding Night. The Italian name is Il Plenilunio dell Vergini (the Full Moon of the Virgins).

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118_scilla_gabel_001Scilla Gabel (born 4 January 1938) is an Italian film, television and stage actress. She appeared in 50 films between 1954 and 1982.

Gabel was born in Rimini, Italy. She entered the cinema industry as the Sophia Loren’s body double. Between 1957 and 1967 she appeared, often as the female lead actress, in dozens of films, but failed to emerge because of the stereotyped roles. Starting from late sixties she focused her activity on stage and television, in which she found most significant roles and critical appreciation.

118_scilla_gabel_004bSelected filmography
Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure (1959)
The White Warrior (1959)
Mill of the Stone Women (1960)
Three Faces of Sin (1961)
Il ratto delle sabine (1961)
Village of Daughters (1962)
The Two Colonels (1962)
Outlaws of Love (1963)
Sodom and Gomorrah (1963)
Corpse for the Lady (1964)
Seven Slaves Against the World (1964)
The Revenge of Spartacus (1965)
Modesty Blaise (1966)
Target for Killing (1966)
Zärtliche Haie (1967)

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Rossana Podestà (born 20 June 1934 in Tripoli) is a former Italian actress born in the Italian colony of Libya, where she spent her first years in Tripoli and later moved to Rome after World War II. Rossana Podesta still lives in Italy, in Dubino (Sondrio province). She lived with the famous mountain climber, explorer and journalist Walter Bonatti; he died on September 13, 2011.

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Acting career
Podestà’s most memorable role was as Helen in Helen of Troy, produced by Robert Wise in 1956. She could not speak English so she learned her lines by rote with a voice coach. The movie gave Podestà international exposure, and she performed alongside a young Brigitte Bardot. Thanks to her starring in the Mexican film Rosanna (film), she became very popular in Latin America.

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Podestà also worked in the movie Ulisse, directed by Mario Camerini, and in the sixties and seventies she acted in some romantic movies, including Paolo il caldo and Il prete sposato. Her last performance was in 1985′s Segreti segreti, directed by Giuseppe Bertolucci. She married and then divorced movie producer Marco Vicario.

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11749128_ama1Anna Maria Alberghetti (born 15 May 1936) is an Italian-born operatic singer and actress.Born in Pesaro, Marche, she starred on Broadway and won a Tony Award in 1962 as Best Actress (Musical) for Carnival"! (she tied with Diahann Carroll for the musical No Strings).

Alberghetti was a child prodigy. Her father was an opera singer and concert master of the Rome Opera Company. Her mother was a pianist. At age 6, Anna Maria sang in a concert on the Isle of Rhodes with a 100-piece orchestra. She performed at Carnegie Hall in New York at the age of 13.

She also entered into film as a teenager. Her cinema appearances include The Medium (1951), Here Comes the Groom (1951), The Stars Are Singing (1953), The Last Command (1955), with Dean Martin in Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957), Duel at Apache Wells (1957), and as Princess Charming opposite Jerry Lewis in Cinderfella (1960).

11749128_ama2Alberghetti appeared twice on the cover of Life magazine. She sang on the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show more than 50 times. She guest starred in 1957 on NBC’s The Gisele MacKenzie Show. That same year, she performed in the premiere episode of The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom on ABC. She has toured in many theatrical productions and continues with her popular one-woman cabaret act. She had roles in a pair of 2001 films, The Whole Shebang and Friends and Family.

Her sister Carla also became a musical artist who appeared in many stage productions. She eventually became Anna Maria’s replacement in her Tony-winning role on Broadway.Alberghetti appeared in television commercials for Good Seasons salad dressing during the 1970s.

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She was married to television producer-director Claudio Guzman from 1964 to 1974. She was referenced in Ira Levin’s book Rosemary’s Baby and T. C. Boyle’s short story "Sorry Fugu".

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