Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Remembering Marisa Mell
Marisa Mell was born Marlies Theres Moitzi in Graz, Austria on February 24, 1939. She became a cult figure of 1960s Italian B-Movies. Then in 1963 she was involved in an automobile accident which left her unconscious. She almost lost her right eye and part of her lip. She spent two years undergoing plastic surgery and recovered with no visible damage to her beautiful face. She was offered a 7-year Hollywood contract but turned it down because she thought it was too controlling. She appeared along with Pernell Roberts in the musical “Mata Hari” but the production by David Merrick was full of technical problems and never made it to Broadway. Probably best known for her role in the 1968 film “Danger Diabolik”, Ms. Mell is remember by us for her roles in three European Westerns “The Last Ride to Santa Cruz” (1964), “Where the Bullets Fly” and “The Ballad of Ben and Charlie” both (1972). Marisa Mell died of throat cancer on May 16, 1992 in Vienna, Austria at the age of 53. We remember the gorgeous actress today on what would have been her 70th birthday.