Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Who Are Those Gals? - Norma Bengell

Norma Aparecida Almeida Pinto Guimarães D’Áurea Bengell was born in Rio de Janiero, Brasil on February 21, 1935. To moviegoers she’s best known as Norma Bengell and is a Brazilian film and television actress, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter.

Norma has been active in the film industry since 1959, and has appeared in numerous international productions, including an extended period during the mid-1960s co-starring in Italian productions including two Euro-westerns, in which she was usually cast as the protagonist's romantic interest. She is possibly best known for starring with Barry Sullivan in Mario Bava's “Planet of the Vampires” (1965) and in Sergio Corbucci's spaghetti western “The Hellbenders” (1967). She had a major role as a prostitute in Anselmo Duarte's “Keeper of Promises” (1962), a Brazilian drama that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1963 and won the Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival in 1962. Earlier that same year, she caused major controversy after appearing fully nude in a scene of the Ruy Guerra film “Os Cafajestes”. For that, she is regarded as the first mainstream actress of her country to appear fully naked on film. In 1996 she directed her first film, an adaptation of José de Alencar's novel “The Guarani”. She was married to Italian actor Gabriel Tinti [1932-1991] from 1963-1969.

Today Bengell lives alone on her large estate in Rio de Janiero but is in poor health from a series of falls which caused a serious spinal injury and the loss of movement in her right arm. She’s near bankruptcy owing the government four million dollars and is in the process of selling many of her possessions in order to live. 

BENGELL, Norma (aka Norma Benguell) (Norma Aparecida Almeida Pinto Guimarães D’Áurea Bengell) [2/21/1935, Rio de Janiero, Brazil - 10/9/2013, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (lung cancer)] - producer, writer, singer, film, TV actress, married to actor Gabriele Tinti [1932-1991] (1963-1969).
The Hellbenders - 1966 (Claire/Mrs. Ambrose Allen)
I Do Not Forgive... I Kill! - 1967 (Fedra/Wanda)

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