Ida Galli was born on October 8, 1939 in Sestola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. After finishing school, Galli moved to Rome to find work as an actress. Galli's first film appearance was in 1959's Piero Tellini-directed “Nel blu dipinto di blu”, under the pseudonym Arianna. This role caught the attention of Federico Fellini, who cast Galli in a small part in his 1960 film “La dolce vita”. Galli has since appeared in over forty-five film roles. One of her significant roles was the part of Carolina in Luchino Visconti's 1963 film adaptation of the novel “Il Gattopardo” (The Leopard). She last appeared in “À la poursuite de Barbara” (1991).
Although her early roles were usually billed by her real name, Galli mostly acted under the pseudonym Evelyn Stewart. However, her role in Mario Bava's 1963 film “La frusta e il corpo” was credited to the pseudonym Isli Oberon.
Many of Galli's roles have been in the Euro-western genre, beginning with “Blood for a Silver Dollar” (1964), “Adiós Gringo” and “7 Magnificent Pistols” (both 1965). Galli has also been featured in several giallo films, including Lucio Fulci's Sette “Note in nero”, Umberto Lenzi's “Il coltello di ghiaccio” and Sergio Martino's “La coda dello scorpione”. Enrico Lancia, author of the Dizionario del cinema italiano series, describes Galli as being at her best in dramatic roles, but notes that her largest success came as a result of adopting the Evelyn Stewart pseudonym and focussing on roles in genre films.
Today we celebrate Ida Galli’s 75th birthday.
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