Spaghetti Western Actresses

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Claudia Cardinale
Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy interpretations of Sicilian women got her noticed by Italian producers...
 
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Brigitte Bardot
Actress, Contempt
Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was trying a modeling career...
 
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Jeanne Moreau
Actress, Jules and Jim
When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows immediately followed by The Lovers, he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie Française in her 20s...
 
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Michèle Mercier
Actress, Black Sabbath
For Michèle Mercier, the role of Angélique, "the Marquise of the Angels", was both a blessing and a curse. It catapulted her to almost instant stardom, rivalling Brigitte Bardot in her celebrity and popularity, but ruined her acting career. The character of Angélique made to forget the other aspects of the career of Mercier...
 
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Rosalba Neri
She won a beauty pageant and attended il Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (The Center for Experimental Cinematography). In 1956, she received an offer to go to Hollywood and attend the Actor's Studio but didn't take the offer for undisclosed reasons. She began her film career at the age of 15...
 
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Rita Pavone
Pavone's career begann in 1962 when she won the first edition of the "Festa degli Sconosciuti" (Unknown performing artist contest), organized by a famous singer Teddy Reno who, later, became her husband and manager. In the following 10 years Rita Pavone became one of the most famous international stars with top 10 songs such as Datemi un martello...
 
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Elisa Montés
Actress, Texas, Adios
Her first acting steps took place on stage. In movies, her films can be divided in two periods: The first 10 years, usually embodying young angelic or prudish wives and the next 15 years, taking part in a wide number of co-productions. After the 70s, she has preferably dedicated to television and stage.
 
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Lynn Redgrave
Actress of both the English and American stage and screen, Lynn Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, England, into one of the world's most famous acting dynasties. As the daughter of Rachel Kempson and Sir Michael Redgrave, sister of Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, and granddaughter of Roy Redgrave and Margaret Scudamore...
 
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Stella Stevens
A native of Hot Coffee, Mississippi. While attending Memphis State College, Stella became interested in acting and modeling. Her film debut was a bit part in Say One for Me, but her appearance in Li'l Abner as Appassionata Von Climax is the one that got her noticed. Then her centerfold spread in Playboy was one of the most popular issues...
 
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Raquel Welch
A new reigning 1960s international sex symbol took to the cinematic throne as soon as Raquel Welch emerged from the sea in her purposely depleted, furry prehistoric bikini. Tantalizingly wet with her garb clinging to all the right amazonian places, One Million Years B.C., if nothing else, captured the hearts...
 
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Jill Ireland
Actress, Death Wish II
Jill Ireland was an Anglo-American actress best-known for her appearance as "Leila Kalomi", the only woman Mr. Spock ever loved (in the Star Trek episode, This Side of Paradise) and for her many supporting roles in the movies of Charles Bronson, her second husband. She is also known for her battle with breast cancer...
 
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Sue Lyon
Actress, Lolita
Sue Lyon was born in Davenport, Iowa, the last of five children to Sue Karr Lyon. Her mother was forty-two when her husband died and Sue was 10 months old. Her mother had to work as a hospital house mother to take care of her children and money was tight. Around this time, the Lyon family moved out to Los Angeles...
 
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Janis Ian
Soundtrack, Mean Girls
 
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Chelo Alonso
If you remember those silly, badly-dubbed sandal-and-spear spectacles that became the rage of Italian cinema during the late 1950s and early 1960s, then you will certainly recall this torrid brunet bombshell. Invariably cast as the ambitiously evil queen or undulating dancer/temptress whose soul mission was to entrance the film's resident muscleman...
 
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Vonetta McGee
Born Lawrence Vonetta McGee, she got her break in Melinda and Hammer and hit paydirt as the love interest of the vampire in Blacula, then starred with her then-boyfriend Max Julien in Thomasine & Bushrod. In 1978 she starred opposite Bernie Casey and Ron O'Neal in Brothers...
 
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Miou-Miou
Miou-Miou was born Sylvette Herry on February 22, 1950, in Paris, France. Her father was a gendarme, her mother was a sales-woman. Young Miou-Miou was selling strawberries helping out at her mother's fruit and vegetable stand at a street market. There she was spotted by actor-director Romain Bouteille...
 
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Anne Francis
Anne Francis got into show business quite early in life. She was born Ann Marvak on September 16, 1930 in Ossining, New York (which is near Sing Sing prison), the only child of Phillip Marvak, a businessman/salesman, and the former Edith Francis. A natural little beauty, she became a John Robert Powers model at age 6(!) and swiftly moved into radio soap work and television in New York...
 
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Soledad Miranda
Soledad Miranda was a Spanish actress who appeared in many films in the 1960s. Her remarkable beauty and her tragic untimely death make her story the stuff of legend. She was born on July 9, 1943 in Seville, Spain. She started her career when only eight years old as a flamenco dancer and singer. She made her film debut at age sixteen as a dancer...
 
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Marianna Hill
A familiar character actress, Mariana Hill was the daughter of a building contractor, who moved his family around. In addition to living in her native Southern California, Hill has lived in Canada, Spain and Great Britain. As a result, she learned and became quite accomplished in doing different accents and dialects...
 
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Imogen Hassall
Actress, El Condor
Imogen Hassall is sometimes referred to as "The Countess of Cleavage" as she was better known for her glamorous celebrity than her acting talent. Imogen was born on August 25 1942, in Woking, Surrey, England and rose to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s as an international B-movie starlet...
 
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Ethel Rojo
Actress, Luisa
 
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Helga Liné
Gorgeously svelte and classy redhead stunner Helga Line was born as Helga Lina Stern on July 14th, 1932 in Berlin, Germany. Helga began her career as a dancer and acrobat in circus performances in Portugal. She also later worked as a model. Line began acting in movies in the early 40s. Helga moved to Madrid...
 
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Sylvia Syms
Actress, The Queen
London-born Sylvia Syms hit major film appeal at a relatively young age. Born on January 6, 1934, she was educated at convent schools before receiving dramatic training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A repertory player by the time she was discovered for films by the British star Anna Neagle and her director/husband Herbert Wilcox...
 
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Kate O'Mara
Actress, Triangle
Kate O'Mara was born Frances Meredith Carroll on August 10, 1939 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. A hard-looking brunette with high cheekbones, Kate was the daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge and John Carroll and prodded into performing as a child. Educated at the Aida Foster School, she began an early career as a speech therapist at a Sussex Girls' School...
 
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Patty Shepard
Strikingly comely brunette Patty Shepard was born in 1945 in Greenville, South Carolina. The daughter of a U.S. Air Force official, Patty moved to Spain when she was only 18 years old. After becoming popular as a model in a series of TV commercials, the lovely Ms. Shepard embarked on an acting career...