Happy Birthday ! (and still a knock-out to this day)
Holy Cow ! Bunches of Birthdays this month !! A VERY special and happy birthday wish goes out today to this blog's OTHER favorite actress - the very gorgeous & talented Edwige Fenech.
Born on this day in 1948 in Constantine, France she won several beauty contests as a young woman, including a Miss France. Starting out as a magazine model she soon moved into cinema, beginning in some late 60's West German sex comedies. Because of her exotic looks and smoldering sexuality she soon became very much in demand actress in the burgeoning European exploitation movie industry and worked in West Germany, Spain. France and Italy.
It was in Italy starting in 1971 she made a series of giallos for director Sergio Martino that cemented her cult status with Euro horror fans including THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH (1971), ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK (1972) and AND YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED DOOR AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY (1972).
She worked in pretty much every genre and with directors such as Mario Bava (5 DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON 1970), Andrea Bianchi (STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER 1975), Umberto Lenzi (THE BIGGEST BATTLE 1978) and Ruggero Deodato (PHANTOM OF DEATH 1988) among others. Although an obviously beautiful woman (who luckily for fans would drop her clothes without hesitation) she is also a very talented actress (which people seem to forget) who showed an amazing depth when needed - just watch her in ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK. She is particularly delightful & uninhibited (and obviously having a bunch of fun ) in a series of Italian "school teacher" sex comedies made during the 1970's.
In the 90's she began producing and later founded her own company Immagine e Cinema S.r.l where she produced the MERCHANT OF VENICE in 2004 starring Al Pacino. In 2007 she had a small part in Hostel II.