Friday, October 22, 2010

"Gal" Friday! Rosalba Neri

Last week's sexy "Gal" Friday selection (Asia Argento), prompted me to make a change in my planned lineup this week in the hope of introducing another outstandingly, sensual lady to folks who may not be familiar with the "goodies" outside our own borders.

Italian actress, Rosalba Neri appeared in historical epics (Esther and the King starring Joan Collins and as the harem girl in 1961’s El Cid), spy films (Superseven Calls on Cairo, Password: Kill Agent Gordon), spaghetti westerns (Dynamite Jim, Johnny Yuma) and erotic films (Amuck, Leather & Whips) during her career, but her best-known films are from the horror genre.

However much to her fans’ chagrin, she is often credited in her horror roles as Sara Bay (or Bey). She played Tania Frankenstein, the daughter of the monster’s creator, in 1972’s Lady Frankenstein (pictured above; middle), which is considered a “B” movie classic. She also played Lady Dracula, a vampire who uses the ring of Dracula to lure young virgins to her home so that she can murder them and bathe in their blood. This film is referred to as either The Devil’s Wedding Night or Full Moon of the Virgins. Her other major genre or fright flicks include French Sex Murders, Hercules in the Haunted World, Hercules and the Black Pirates, Hercules and the Lion of Thebes, Hercules vs. the Sons of the Sun, Island of Despair, Sax Rohmer’s The Castle of Fu Manchu - starring Christopher Lee, The Devil’s Lover and The Uncertain Death.

Although leading roles were few and far between for Rosalba, she worked steadily throughout the 1960s and 1970s; often in supporting parts. Despite an appearance in a 1985 Italian miniseries, her last credited film (before her retirement) was the 1977 western, Blood River. Thank the maker that Rosalba was generous in showing lots of skin during her time with us.

1 comment:

Cliff said...

Here's a little more on the lovely Rosalba's bio and B movie career: