Orchidea de Santis was born on December 20, 1948 in Bari, Puglia, Italy. She started her show business career as a singer and then became a theater actress. Her career has ranged from film to radio, from theater to music, until she landed in television. She currently runs a blog and works with various animal welfare organizations and environmental organizations.
Active mainly in the 1970s, Orchidea was an interpreter of Italian erotic comedies, initially mainly in costume with the setting of Boccaccio.
Her career suffered an abrupt halt in 1980, following a serious accident on the set of the film “Arrivano i gatti”.
During her radio career has held numerous jobs as an actress, especially in scripted episodes such as ‘BaroccoRoma’ and ‘Racconto Italiano’, transmitted by RadioDue. She had the lead, in the 1998-2000, ‘L'arca di Noè’ for RadioDue and in 1998 for RAI International she developed a program directed and conducted in thirteen episodes on film and soundtrack called ‘Ciak si esegue’. She was the creator and host of the ‘L'anello di re Salomone’, from 2000 to 2006 which led to four hours of live radio on RadioDue Two nights a week.
For television, she took part in dramas and short films, including ‘Roosevelt’ (RAITRE, 1986) , ‘La Maga Circe’ and ‘Lucrezia Borgia’ (RAIUNO, 1987), ‘Il caso Redoli’ and TV movies for the major network (RAIUNO , 1996).
Orchidea has appeared in over 55 film and TV appearances starting in 1963. Among which was two Euro-western: “Ringo’s Two Sons” (1966) as Marisol with Franco and Ciccio and “The Prey of Vultures” (1972) with Peter Lee Lawrence.
Today we celebrate Orchidea de Santis’ 65th birthday.