Delia Boccardo was born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy on January 29, 1948. The sister of actress Gabriella Grimaldi, Delia spent her childhood and adolescence in Nervi, then studied in a Swiss College, in the Poggio Imperiale girl's school and, for about three years, in a College in Sussex. In 1965 she moved in Rome where she attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. Boccardo made her stage debut in 1967, alongside Raf Vallone in “Uno sguardo dal ponte”, shortly after she made her film debuted in 1967 with an appearance as Mady in the Euro-western “Death Walks in Laredo”. She went on to routinely provide diverting and seductive decoration in numerous tales of intrigue and other outdoor adventure. In her third film she made her first English-speaking appearance as leading lady to Alan Arkin in the misguided comedy “Inspector Clouseau” (1968) with Arkin briefly replacing Peter Sellers as the thoroughly inept French detective. Additional European-filmed appearances by Boccardo include co-star to some of Europe's most virile and handsome actors of the 1970s: Franco Nero in “Un detective” (1969), Bekim Fehmiu in the US-produced epic “The Adventurers” (1970), Lou Castel in “Stress” (1971), and even found herself a co-star to skier Jean-Claude Killy in “Snow Job” (1972). Continuing into the early 1980s, Delia proved an entrancing Athena in the Italian-made “Hercules” (1983), starring Lou Ferrigno and portrayed Mary Magdalene in the TV-movie ‘The Day Christ Died’ (1980). From the mid-1980s she focused on a stage career, where she worked intensively with Luca Ronconi, and on television.
BOCCARDO, Delia [1/29/1948, Genoa, Liguria, Italy - ] – stage, TV actress, sister of actress Gabriella Grimaldi.
Death Walks in Laredo - 1966 (Mady)
Panandle Calibre .38 – 1971 (Connie Connors/Briscott)