Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Spaghetti Western English Speaking Voice Actresses ~ Carolyn De Fonseca


Carolyn Lila De Fonseca was born on May 25, 1929 in San Francisco, California. She was an American actress based in Ro Rome, Italy. She worked extensively as a voice actress for the English-language dubbing of several hundred foreign (mostly Italian) films from the early 1960s and onwards. She was also the wife of actor/voice dubber Ted Rusoff, [1939-2013] with whom she frequently worked.

De Fonseca first came to Rome in the early 1960s and tried to make a career for herself as an actress. She played a small role in the acclaimed “A Difficult Life” (1961), directed by Dino Risi, and had a supporting role as Chloe, the love potion maker, in the sword and sandal film “Damon and Pythias” (1962). She also had bit part roles in some big productions that did shooting in Italy, such as “Barabbas” (1961) and “The Pink Panther” (1963). She never really found much success as an actress, but she quickly became a prolific and successful voice dubbing artist.

Some of her earliest dubbing work was in the peplum films “Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules” (1961) and “Ursus in the Valley of the Lions” (1961), in which she provided the voice of actress Moira Orfei in the English dubbed versions of the film. Subsequently, De Fonseca dubbed a series of further peplum films, and she was also given the chance to dub the voice of American actress Jayne Mansfield in two of her European films which were post-synchronized without Mansfield's involvement: “Primitive Love” (1964) and “Dog Eat Dog” (1964). She also provided Mansfield's voice in the infamous quasi-documentary “The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield” (1968) which was released after Mansfield's death.

In the 1960s, De Fonseca dubbed many leading ladies into English, but eventually became more prolific in dubbing villainesses in various sword and sandal and horror films. After a supporting role in the caper film “Midas Run” (1969) with Fred Astaire and Richard Crenna, she would give up her acting career and focus solely on dubbing films into English. She specialized in voicing femme fatale characters such as the evil queen (played by Jany Clair) in “Hercules vs. the Moon Men” (1964), a bitchy tourist (played by Silvia Solar) in “Eyeball” (1975) and the deranged inmate Albina in “Women's Prison Massacre” (1983). She would also typically dub exotic figures or upper-class nymphomaniacs, such as a sex-hungry asylum patient (played by Rosalba Neri) in “Slaughter Hotel” (1971), and a sassy, black nightclub performer (played by Carla Brait) in “The Case of the Bloody Iris” (1972). De Fonseca would also sometimes deliver very over the top performances; dubbing the voices of sobbing and hysterical figures such as a paranoid asylum patient (played by Rossella Falk) in “Seven Blood-Stained Orchids” (1972), a sexually frustrated housewife (played by Carroll Baker) in “My Father's Wife” (1976), and a drug-addicted nun (played by Anita Ekberg) in “The Killer Nun” (1978).

As the Italian film industry was slowing down somewhat in the 1980s, De Fonseca resumed her career as a film actress in various American films that were shot in Rome, while still continuing to work with dubbing. On screen she played Christopher Reeve's secretary in “Monsignor” (1982), had a supporting role in the Pia Zadora film “The Lonely Lady” (1983), played a comedic role as an American tourist in “Detective School Dropouts” (1986) and finally appeared in Bernardo Bertolucci's “The Sheltering Sky” (1990). On television, she appeared in the highly acclaimed miniseries “The Winds of War” (1983). She also appeared alongside her real-life husband Ted Rusoff in the miniseries “Mussolini and I” (1985), in which they play the parents of Mussolini's mistress, Claretta Petacci, and played a supporting part in the TV movie thriller “The Fifth Missile” (1986).

Carolyn died in Rome in May of 2009.

De Fonseca, Carolyn [5/25/1929, San Francisco, California, U.S.A. – 5/?/2009, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – film, TV, voice actress, married to director, writer, actor, voice actor Ted Rusoff [1939-2013] (196?-2009).

Carolyn De Fonseca’s Euro-western dubbing:


Ringo and His Golden Pistol – 1966 [English voice of ?]

Face to Face – 1967 [English voice of Lidia Alfonsi]

The Great Silence – 1968 [English voice of Marisa Merlini]

Run, Man, Run - 1968 [English voice of Linda Veras]

White Fang to the Rescue – 1974 [English voice of Gisela Hahn]

Get Mean – 1975 [English voice of Diana Lorys]

Keoma – 1976 [English voice of Olga Karlatos]

[submitted by Mike Ferguson]

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