Friday, October 7, 2016

#4 Sylva Koscina

Born in the former Yugoslavia of a Greek father and a Polish mother, Sylva Koscina went on to live and do most of her work in Italy. Starting out in sword and sandal epics, she soon had screen credits in a number of genres, most of which involved her taking off her clothes. “Ultimately,” as IMDb nicely puts it, “her ornamental qualities rather exceeded her abilities as an actress.” Ah, but what “ornamental qualities” they were.

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Split, Croatia

Cheesy Pageant Titles:  Miss Di Tappa

Embarrassing Movies
  • Destination Fury
  • Vertigo for a Killer
  • Homo Eroticus
  • I See Naked 
  • Monkey Money
  • Hercules' Pills
  • Are We Men or Corporals?

Embarrassing Taglines
  • Track him ... chase him ... unarm or undress him ... but never underestimate That Man in Istanbul
  • Love in a land of treachery and temptation!
  • When a pair of nuns get involved in jet-age business and jet-set romance, the fun is non-stop all the way!
  • Bigness unmatched! Spectacle undreamed!

Embarrassing Characters
  • She
  • Reluctant Girl
  • Odette Mercury
  • Favouille Grandblaise 
  • Countess Rita-Engeneer Pedercini's Sister

Shortest Marriage:  4 years

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Jean-Paul Belmondo
  • Kirk Douglas
  • Paul Newman

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Lots of nudity
  • Had to give up her palatial home in Rome to settle tax bills
  • Had a brawl with a male co-star who punched her right in the kisser
  • Had some scenes cuts from Lisa and the Devil because they were “pornographic”
  • Was indicted for bigamy after a quickie Mexican marriage

Interesting Tidbits
  • Studied physics at the University of Naples
  • Was in a Fellini flick

Where can I learn more?

Sadly, the mushroom hat never really caught on

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  1. Mocho Dude has some NSFW photos

  2. Great blog Cliff! Love the format.