Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Happy 60th Birthday Elly Galleani

Federica Elisabetta De Galeani was born April 24, 1953 in Alassio, Savona, Italy. She was known to movie-goers as Ely Galleani but was sometimes credited as Justine Gall and Ely Gall.

The daughter of an Italian count and of a Polish woman of Lithuanian origin, Galleani made her film debut in 1970 with a small role in “Quella piccola differenza” directed by Duccio Tessari, then appeared in a number of films with larger and more significant roles. Among her films was one Euro-western: “Apache Woman” (1976) where she played the role of the Master’s daughter.

She was the half-sister of actress Halina Zalewska, who accidentally died in 1976, at 36, in a fire. Galleani was married to filmmaker Carlo Vanzina but they are now divorced.

Ely’s last film was “Cugine mie” in 1978. Now retired you can still stay in touch with her through her blog at

Today we celebrate Ely Galleani’s 60th birthday.

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