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Gianna Maria Canale Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Reggio di Calabria, Calabria, Italy
Died in Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gianna Maria Canale was born on September 12, 1927 in Reggio di Calabria, Calabria, Italy. She was an actress, known for Clash of Steel (1962), Theodora, Slave Empress (1954) and Rigoletto (1946). She was married to Riccardo Freda. She died on February 13, 2009 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy.

Spouse (1)

Riccardo Freda (? - 20 December 1999) ( his death)

Trade Mark (5)

Predatory charm; alluring seductress gaze
Hollywood-style butterfly-wing eyebrows
Raven hair and green almond eyes
Often worked with husband Riccardo Freda
Often starred in peplums and period pieces, usually playing queens or heroines

Trivia (5)

Florence-born Italian leading lady whose anatomy figured prominently into a number of '50s and early '60s spear-and-sandal plots whether a fetching princess or evil temptress.
In 1947, at the Miss Italia beauty contest, which was won by actress Lucia Bosé, she placed second.
Husband Riccardo Freda met her initially when he offered her a role in one of his films. They got married in Brazil, where they shot two films together, but eventually returned to Italy where she was frequently directed by her husband.
Her sultry, dark-haired looks were featured in many magazine spreads in the 1950s and she was often thought of as the Italian version of Ava Gardner.
Crowned 'Miss Florence' in 1947.

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