Monday, October 24, 2016

#2 Barbara Bouchet

A German-American with a French name, Barbara Bouchet made an early mark as a Bond Girl (she actually played Miss Moneypenny, albeit in the dreadful Casino Royale). She later did one-off TV shows like the Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Star Trek, finally ending her career by heading back to Europe to make cheapo Italian horror movies and sex comedies. Like many European actresses, she was more than happy to get all nekkid.

Embarrassing Real Name:  Barbel Goutscherola

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Liberec, Czech Republic

Cheesy Pageant Titles
  • Miss China Beach
  • Miss Firecracker 
  • Miss Perfect Gidget

Embarrassing Movies

  • Agent for H.A.R.M. *
  • Darkside Witches
  • Death Rage
  • Black Belly of the Tarantula
  • Duck in Orange Sauce
  • Don’t Torture a Duckling (I'm detecting a theme here)
* - author has seen

(That's Italian for "Don't Torture a Duckling")

Embarrassing Taglines

  • An explosion of sexual frenzy!
  • Six black witches are back and they’re hungry for vengeance 
  • With needles dipped in deadly venom the victims are paralyzed – so they must lie awake and watch themselves die!

Embarrassing Characters

  • Astrid Porsche
  • Tippy Penfield
  • Narcissus Darling

Interesting Tidbits
  • First gig was on a local (San Francisco) teenage dance show
  • Her first 10 or so films were all major releases, featuring names such as Preminger, Huston, Wayne, Niven, Sellers, Bacall, Lemmon, Newman, and Mitchum (though Barbara was typically listed as "uncredited")
  • Was something of the Jane Fonda of Italy, publishing books and videotapes, and hosting a TV show, on aerobics
  • Son Alessandro is a chef on Italian TV
  • Is besties with Corinne Clery

Where can I learn more?

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