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

Early film career

994_Rosalba Neri_02She gave her film debut in 1958 in the film Mogli pericolose. She is uncredited in this comedy which was directory by Luigi Comencini. Her second part was in Roberto Rosselini‘s prize winning drama Era notte a Roma in 1960. Many sources list some earlier films for her, but this is a confusion with an other Italian actress, Rosalina Neri.

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 ofNemorat, 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 994_Rosalba Neri_07in 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.

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 994_Rosalba Neri_03spy, a James Bond-like character, comes into contact with. Also in 1965, she appeared in Due Mafiosi contro Goldfinger (Two Mafiosi 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). The same year she played her first part for Spanish director Jess Francoin a spy film send-up done in comic book style Lucky, el intrépido (Lucky the Inscrutable) starring Ray Danton.

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.

Erotic films

Rosalba, the bombshell, was also much in demand for erotic Giallo thrillers, horror, and sexploitation films. She was in Jess Franco’s box office hit 99 Women (1969), one of the first women in prison films, and Top Sensation (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. Also in 1972 she played the lead role in the erotic horror flick Lucifera Demon Lover.

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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 994_Rosalba Neri_04murdering 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.

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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687_maria_grazia_cucinotta_01Maria Grazia Cucinotta (born 27 July 1968) is an Italian actress who has featured in many films and television series since 1990. She has also worked as a producer, screenwriter and model.

Cucinotta was born in Messina, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy. She is well known in Italy as a movie and television actress, but internationally she is best known for her roles in Il Postino and as the Bond girl, the Cigar Girl, in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.

She guest starred in The Sopranos episode "Isabella". She also appeared on The Simpsons episode "The Italian Bob" voicing Sideshow Bob‘s wife, Francesca.


She won the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2010.

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Agostina Belli (born 13 April 1947) is an Italian film actress. She has appeared in more than 50 films since 1968.

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Born in Milan as Agostina Maria Magnoni, Belli made her debut in 1968 with a minor part in Bandits in Milan, then appeared in supporting roles in several musicarelli, giallo films and horror of Spanish-Italian co-production. She had her first role of weight in Lina Wertmüller‘s The Seduction of Mimi, then she was chosen by Dino Risi as the beautiful Sara inScent of a Woman, for which she won a Grolla d’oro, and the ingenuous Marcella of The Career of a Chambermaid, for which she received a special David di Donatello. Together with most important works, in the seventies Belli lived a season of strong popularity performing in small productions and comedies of dubious value but of great commercial success, then starting from eighties she thinned out her appearances.

She was married to actor Fred Robsahm

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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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