Thursday, April 17, 2014

Who Are Those Gals? - Erika Blanc

Enrica Bianchi Colombatto was born in Gargnano sul Lago di Garda, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy on July 22, 1942. The daughter of Roberto Bianchi, inventor and manufacturer of the maxi Fd
"Aleir". The beautiful and redhead moved to Rome to work in the film industry as an actress.
She began he film career in 1964 , making the appearance in the film by Tinto Brass “Il disco volante” with Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano, Monica Vitti , Eleonora Rossi Drago and Lello Bersani. Subsequently, she becomes an unofficial bond-girl in the film series 077 (not 007!), The Italian homemade spy who recounts little adventures of the most authentic James Bond. Now known as Erica Blanc, she will work primarily in B films of the Italian cinema, with Umberto Lenzi and Duccio Tessari in an impressive number of erotic films, horror films, crime films and Spaghetti westerns. She appeared under such aliases as Erica Bianchi, Erika Blanc, Arika Blanck, Diana Sullivan, Erica White, Erika White.
Blanc appeared in 17 Euro-westerns from “Colorado Charlie” (1965) as a saloon singer using the alias Erica White to “The Stranger and the Gunfighter” (1974) as the American mistress.
Blanc becomes a partner with actor Alberto Lionello [1930-1984] (until his death), an animal lover (especially dogs and cats) and in the 1970s turns to the world of television, working mainly in horror as in the episode "La bambola della serie" in the TV series ‘La porta sul buio’ (1973) and "Night in the House of Usher” in the series ‘The Fantastic Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’ ( 1979) by Daniele D' Anza, but is also remembered for the miniseries ‘Puzzle’ (1978) by Pino Guido with Stagnaro Colizzi.
In 1983, she took part in the musical film directed by Gabriele Salvatores “Sogno di una notte d'estate”, but continues to favor the small screenProfumo di classe’ (1984); ‘Quando arriva il giudice’ (1986) by Giulio Questi with Mimsy Farmer, Anna Galiena, Therese Ann Savoy, Renato Scarpa and Toni Ucci; ‘L'edera’ (1992) by Fabrizio Costa with Agnese Nano, Vanni Corbellini, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Clarissa Burt, Nicola Farron and Marina Giulia Cavalli; ‘Papà prende moglie’ (1994) by Nini Salerno with Marco Columbro and Leo e Beo (1998).
After a long absence from the big screen, she’ back in the limelight thanks to a minor role in the film “Le fate ignoranti” (2001) directed by Ferzan Ozpetek with Stefano Accorsi, Andrea Renzi, Gabriel Garko and Filippo Nigro. Her character is that of an eccentric mother of Margherita Buy, a widow who has just discovered that her deceased husband had an affair with another man. But it is with “Cuore sacro” (2005), with the same director she receives nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the David di Donatello and the Nastro d'Argento for the role of Aunt Maria Clara, locked up in an institution by her sister, played by Lisa Gastoni. Now rediscovered her cinematic and television career expands as in “Voci” (2000) by Franco Giraldi and “Non ho l'età 2” (2002) by Giulio Base with Marco Columbro, Eliana Miglio, Raffaele Pisu, Enzo Cannavale, Enzo Garinei, Novello Novelli, Gianfranco Jannuzzo, Gisella Burinato, Anna Orso and Renzo Rinaldi. Blanc also appears in numerous fiction “Francesco”, “La casa dell'angelo”, “Fratelli” and “Caccia segreta”, receiving the Silver Ribbon for her best supporting actress role in “Il più crudele dei giorni” (2003). Her crowning achievement for her 50 year career was as Mrs. Gemma in the TV series ‘Carabinieri’ (2002-2008) which allowed her to play opposite such renowned actors as Andrea Roncato, Alex Partexano, Paolo Villaggio, Maurizio Casagrande, Walter Nudo, the late Vincenzo Crocitti, Martina Colombari, Dario Vergassola, Francesco Giuffrida, Ettore Bassi, Aurora Cancian, the showgirl Manuela Arcuri and Pino Caruso. She also took part in “Lo zio d'America 2” (2006) by Rossella Izzo with Christian De Sica, Lorella Cuccarini and Eleonora Giorgi, while cinematically is chosen by Pupi Avati for the moviesUna sconfinata giovinezza” (2010) and “Il cuore grande delle ragazze” (2011).
Erica was married to director, screenwriter Bruno Gaburro [1939- ] from 1962-1977 and is the mother of actress Barbara Blanc.

BLANC, Erika (aka Erica Bianchi, Erika Blanc, Arika Blanck, Diana Sullivan, Erica White, Erika White) (Enrica Bianchi Colombatto) [7/22/1942, Gargnano sul Lago di Garda, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy -    ] - stage, TV actress, married to director, screenwriter Bruno Gaburro [1939-
    ] (1962-1977), mother of actress Barbara Blanc.
Colorado Charlie - 1965 (saloon singer) [as Erica White]
Deguello - 1965 (Danger City woman) [as Arika Blanck]
Blood at Sundown - 1966 (Joselita/Joschita Rogers)
Django Shoots First - 1966 (Lucy)
Halleluja for Django - 1966 (Jenny)
Stay Away from Trinity When He Comes to Eldorado – 1966 (young Mexican at party)
$1000 on the Black - 1967 (Joselita)
Shotgun - 1968 (Joanne/Jane)
The Longest Hunt - 1968 (Sally/Jocelyn/Jennifer Londonberry)
Durango is Coming, Pay or Die - 1970
Fistful of Lead - 1970 (Trixie)
Stagecoach of the Condemned - 1970 (Martha Walton/Sonnier)
His Name was Pot... They Called Him Allegria - 1971 (girl at fiesta)
Thunder Over El Paso – 1971 (Janet/Jenny Barrett)
Thunder Over El Paso - 1972 (Jenny)
Stay Away from El Dorado When He Comes to Trinity - 1972 (Mexican girl at party)
The Stranger and the Gunfighter - 1974 (American mistress)

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