Friday, June 19, 2009

Happy 70th Birthday Rosalba Neri

Rosalba Neri was born on June 19, 1939 in Forli, Italy. She sometimes used the pseudonym Sara Bay. She won a beauty contest in 1956 and turned down a chance to attend the Actors Studio in New York. She began her film career a year prior to that, at the tender 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 directored by Luigi Comencini. She appeared in several historical films, spy and erotic films. She had roles in several Spaghetti Westerns over the years. In 1965’s, “Dynamite Jim”, she played Margaret; and, in ’67 she was Rosita in Emimmo Salvi’s “Wanted: Johnny Texas”. That year she also made her most memorable Spaghetti Western appearance in “Johnny Yuma”, with Mark Damon which was directed by Romolo Guerrieri. One of the greatest of Spaghetti western actresses, now living in retirement we celebrate her 70th birthday today.

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