Friday, July 8, 2016

#17 Michele Mercier

Michele Mercier is known mainly for playing the part of Angelique, the heroine of a series of bodice-rippers set in 17th Century France and popular in the ‘60s (in France, at least). According to IMDb, this “catapulted her to almost instant stardom, rivaling Brigitte Bardot in her celebrity and popularity.” I don’t know if I’d go that far, but I definitely see some similarities between the two.

Embarrassing Movies
  • Web of the Spider
  • Summer Frenzy
  • Magnet of Doom
  • The Dance of Death
  • Women of Devil’s Island *
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • An Adult Affair in Luscious Color
  • Not Since FRANKENSTEIN Have You Seen Such Horror!
  • Plunder was the law – Love was the booty!
  • The most gruesome day in the calendar of the Undead!
  • A lusty look at a saucy sextet of lovely bawdies!
  • A story that goes beyond the boundaries of the Supernatural to the half-world of the living dead. Where a woman's soul inhabits a fly's body, where Vengeance is only a voice and where vampires suck only the blood of those they love dearest

Embarrassing Characters
  • Wilma Rappi
  • Elvira Acquamano
  • Augusta de Munchenberg
  • Adalheid, Countess von Walldorff
  • Pupa
  • The Wife

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • "A shah" (IMDb)
  • "Italian Prince N." (IMDb)
  • Marcello Mastroianni
  • Former Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi
  • Silvio Berlusconi

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Nearly bankrupt after being the victim of a swindle
  • Totally bankrupt after spouse disappeared with all her jewels and money
  • Another spouse, an alcoholic, ended up in a mental hospital

Interesting Tidbits
  • Half Italian
  • Originally a ballet dancer
  • Was in Truffaut’s Shoot the Pianist
  • Leading men have included Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Aznavour, Charlton Heston, Tony Curtis, and Charles Bronson
  • Worked in France, Italy, Britain, and the USA
  • Is a Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • Not to be confused with Michel Mercier and his detangling brush

Where can I learn more?

Nice, er, hat!

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