Thursday, January 9, 2014

RIP Lorella De Luca

Lorella De Luca died in Rome, Italy on January 9, 2014 of an undisclosed illness she had been fighting with since 1994. She was 73. Lorella was one of Italy's most recognized ingenues during the mid-to-late 1950s, she is best known for having played naive young girls in dramas and comedies. De Luca's breakout role, came in 1956 following her performance in Dino Risi's comedy "Poor, But Beautiful" and continued on in the genre, with appearances in Mario Monicelli films "A Tailor's Maid" and "Doctor and the Healer" (both 1957). She later married director, screenwriter Duccio Tessari [1926-1994] in 1971 after appearing in two 1965 westerns he directed; "A Pistol for Ringo" and "The Return of Ringo" alongside Giuliano Gemma. These were her only Euro-westerns and for both she acted under the alias Hally Hammond.


  1. Heartfelt thanks to all of you. If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me, you are many. We have been showered with affection and I think that my mother woul not expect all of this. But it will 'surely make her happy. Now she is serene, she wanted to go to Daddy. A big hug to each of you. Thank you from the 'bottom of my heart. ~ Federica Tessari

  2. Biltmore: Both Gemma and De Luca gone months apart.