biographyBorn in Rome on June 10, 1937, Italian sexpot Luciana Paluzzi enjoyed a lengthy career in films beginning when she was just a teenager with a small part in the 20th Century Fox romance Three Coins in the Fountain (1954; with Clifton Webb and Dorothy McGuire), which was lensed in Rome. Her beauty and natural talent soon got her cast in other films made in her native Italy, including My Seven Little Sins (1954; with Maurice Chevalier), The Lebanese Mission (1956; with Gianna Maria Canale and Omar Sharif), and Hercules (1958; with Steve Reeves and Sylva Koscina). Hollywood producers soon took note of the gorgeous redhead with a strong command of the English language, and after making several films in Britain and Germany, Paluzzi began picking up guest-star roles on such television shows as Have Gun - Will Travel, Adventures in Paradise, and The Tab Hunter Show and landed a starring role in the NBC series Five Fingers (1959-1960; with David Hedison). Her first Hollywood film role came in the potboiler Return to Peyton Place (1961; with Carol Lynley, Jeff Chandler, Brett Halsey, and Tuesday Weld). While on the set, she met actor Brett Halsey, and after a whirlwind courtship, the couple married in Las Vegas in January 1960.
LEFT: With first husband Brett Halsey at their Las Vegas wedding in January 1960. RIGHT: Mid-1960s cheesecake shot
The couple's marriage was short-lived, and they divorced in 1962, shortly after the birth of their son. After her divorce, with a son to support Paluzzi went back to work in films and television. An interesting role for her came in the American International's follow-up to Beach Party (1963; with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello), titled Muscle Beach Party (1964; with Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and Peter Lupus). And today she's best remembered for her role as Bond villainess Fiona Volpe in Thunderball (1965; with Sean Connery and Martine Beswick).
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Tank Force (1958)
LEFT: As Carola in the Columbia flick Tank Force. RIGHT: With co-star Victor Mature, who retired from films soon after this picture lensed
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
With future husband Brett Halsey in the potboiler Return to Peyton Place
Muscle Beach Party (1964)
LEFT and CENTER: Luciana Paluzzi admires Peter Lupus as Flex Martian in American International's beach party entry Muscle Beach Party. RIGHT: With Peter Lupus, Chet Yorton, and Larry Scott
The Man From U.N.C.L.E (1964-1968 NBC TV Series)
LEFT: As femme fatale Fiona Volpe in the thrilling Bond film Thunderball. RIGHT: With fellow castmates Martine Beswick, Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, and Molly Peters
The Venetian Affair (1967)
Robert Vaughn finds that Luciana Paluzzi and her boss Roger C. Carmel have been murdered in the MGM action thriller The Venetian Affair
The Green Slime (1968)
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969)
Black Gunn (1972)
From the Columbia action flick Black Gunn with Jim Brown, Gary Conway, Timothy Brown, William Campbell, and Bruce Glover
The Italian Connection (1972)
LEFT: With Woody Strode and Henry Silva in the violent Italian crime flick The Italian Connection. RIGHT: Paluzzi as Eva Lalli
luciana paluzzi todayPaluzzi's career remained strong in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, starring in action flicks such as Black Gunn (1972; with Jim Brown and Martin Landau), The Italian Connection (1972; with Henry Silva, Woody Strode, and Adolfo Celi), and The Klansman (1974; with Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, and Cameron Mitchell), often portraying a femme fatale. And she continued working in television on such shows as Search and Hawaii Five-O. However, Paluzzi retired from acting upon her 1980 marriage to Michael Solomon, with whom she lives in Bel-Air.
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Peter Sellers 5-Film Collection [DVD] DVD
Peter Sellers shines in this collection that features five of his finest films. First, Sellers stars as a drunken projectionist in "The Smallest Show on Earth" (1958), a charming British comedy about a couple who inherits a decrepit movie theatre mere yards away from the train tracks. Margaret Rutherford, Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers co-star. "Carlton-Browne of the F.O." (1959) is a delightful Boulting Brothers satire about the mad scramble of diplomats, businessmen, and revolutionaries to a remote British-owned island after valuable mineral deposits are found there. Sellers, Terry-Thomas, Luciana Paluzzi star. AKA: "Man in the Cocked Hat." The comic caper "Two-Way Stretch" (1960) stars Sellers as a pampered prisoner who plans a diamond heist that involves him and his two cellmates breaking out of--then back into--jail, giving them an airtight alibi. David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins, Wilfrid Hyde-White co-star. And, Sellers is a good-hearted preacher whose attempts to help the residents of a small industrial town are mired by greedy big-business shareholders, in "Heavens Above!" (1963). Five-disc set also includes "I'm All Right, Jack" (1959). 8 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Desert Detour [DVD](1958) DVD
The endless sands are the setting for a deadly duel between two foes, with the hand of a beautiful princess and a valuable Uranium mine the prizes, in this thrilling action yarn. Omar Sharif, Jean-Claude Pascal, Gianna Marie Canale star. Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.
Journey To The Lost City [DVD](1959) DVD
An architect working in India stumbles across a magnificent city hidden deep in the jungle that's home to feuding princes, man-eating tigers, and a beautiful native dancer with whom he falls in love. Paul Christian, Debra Paget and Walter Reyer star in this exciting adventure, edited together from director/co-scripter Fritz Lang's German films "The Tiger of Eschnapur" and "The Indian Tomb." 95 min. Soundtrack: English (dubbed).
Hercules (1959)/Hercules Unchained [DVD](1960) DVD
Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed) mono; biographies; photo gallery; poster gallery; trailers. Dubbed in English.
Return To Peyton Place [DVD](1961) DVD
Writer Carol Lynley visits the hometown whose residents served as the basis for her novel, only to find that her brutally realistic depictions have turned all of Peyton Place against her and her father. Glossy sequel to the hit soaper, laced with romantic subplots, also stars Mary Astor, Robert Sterling, Tuesday Weld, Jeff Chandler, Eleanor Parker. 122 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English stereo, mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; theatrical trailer; featurette; newsreel footage.
The Reluctant Saint [DVD](1962) DVD
Unusual religious drama with comic moments stars Maximilian Schell as Giuseppe Desa, a simple 17th-century peasant boy who would grow up to become "the Flying Saint," St. Joseph of Cupertino. Sent by his mother to a Franciscan monastery after proving unable to hold a job, the young Giuseppe nearly bumbles his way out of the priesthood, until a miracle redeems him. Akim Tamiroff, Ricardo Montalban also star. 105 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer.
Frankie & Annette: M-G-M Movie Legends Collection [DVD] DVD
"Surf's up" in this four-disc boxed set saluting AIP's teen comedy series and seaside sweethearts Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Anthropologist Bob Cummings uses the pair as part of a study of modern mating habits in the original "Beach Party" (1963), with Morey Amsterdam, Dorothy Malone, and Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper. Annette has her hands full when the Potato Bug, a British pop star who's Frankie's double, arrives at "Bikini Beach" (1964). Don Rickles and Little Stevie Wonder guest star. Gym owner Rickles wants to take over the kids' surf spot, and heiress Luciana Paluzzi wants to woo Frankie from Annette, in "Muscle Beach Party" (1964). Avalon trades his board for slats and joins Dwayne Hickman, Deborah Walley and James Brown for a "Ski Party" (1965). "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965) boasts a missing singer, a mermaid, and skydiving surfdogs. Avalon wants to keep pal Hickman away from Funicello while he's on military duty in "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" (1965), with Buster Keaton. Frankie's a moonshine-running hot rodder competing with racer Fabian for Annette's hand in "Fireball 500" (1966). And Fabian and Funicello burn rubber together in "Thunder Alley" (1967). 12 1/2 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English mono.
It's 007 versus SPECTRE when evil agent Largo holds the Bahamas hostage with a nuclear warhead. Sean Connery as Bond must forego his suntan and suit up for an action-packed underwater adventure. Adolfo Celi, Claudine Auger also star. 125 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Lossless Audio, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; TV special; featurettes; photo gallery; TV spots; theatrical trailers.
Thunderball [DVD](1965) DVD
It's 007 versus SPECTRE when evil agent Largo holds the Bahamas hostage with a nuclear warhead. Sean Connery as Bond must forego his suntan and suit up for an action-packed underwater adventure. Adolfo Celi, Claudine Auger also star. 125 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Thai, French; audio commentary.
The One Eyed Soldiers [DVD](1966) DVD
A United Nations physician dies mysteriously, and his final words to the local police chief refer to the location of hidden treasure. Soon, the race is on to decipher his message and learn where the treasure is buried. Involved in the pursuit are the physician's daughter, an American newspaperman, the police chief and several unscrupulous characters. Dale Robertson, Luciana Paluzzi and Guy Deghy star in this gripping and sexy European crime suspenser. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Green Slime (Remastered Edition) [DVD](1968) DVD
Sent to destroy an asteroid heading for Earth, a rocket crew brings back samples of a mysterious slime. The green goo grows into one-eyed, tentacled monsters that threaten the ship and all on board. Japanese/American sci-fi shocker stars Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel, Luciana Paluzzi. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Forgotten Pistolero (1969)/The Unholy Four [DVD](1970) DVD
First, a powerful lawman plans to get answers (and revenge) after learning his father was killed by his mother and her lover. Pairing up with a servant's son, he first tries to free his sister of his murderous mom's grip, in "The Forgotten Pistolero." Leonard Mann, Luciana Paluzzi, Alberto De Mendoza star. AKA: "Gunman of Ave Maria." Next, an amnesiac convict busts out of prison and searches for the truth about his identity with the help of his fellow escapees. Soon, he discovers he's an expert gunslinger, and he's asked to pull off an impossible mission: to kill his own father! "The Unholy Four" stars Mann, Woody Strode. AKA: "Chuck Moll." 197 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.
Captain Nemo And The Underwater City [DVD](1969) DVD
When their ship begins sinking, six people are rescued by Captain Nemo (Robert Ryan) and his submarine crew. After saving the seafarers, the cap takes them to a fantastic domed undersea city where everything is made of gold. The only trouble is, the survivors may never be able to get back to their homes! Chuck Connors, Nanette Newman, Luciana Paluzzi co-star. 106 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
99 Women [DVD](1969) DVD
On an island prison, a sadistic female warden has the women inmates leading lives of torment and misery. Without men, they must turn to each other to fulfill their innermost desires. Mercedes McCambridge, Maria Schell, Maria Rohm and Herbert Lom star in this Jess Franco shocker. Unrated director's cut; 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; deleted scenes; alternate scenes; interview; biography; photo gallery; poster gallery; theatrical trailer.
Sergeant Klems [DVD](1971) DVD
Falsely accused of espionage during World War I, a German soldier escapes and flees to Africa, where he joins the French Foreign Legion and becomes romantically involved with a rebel Moroccan chieftain's daughter. Peter Strauss, Tina Aumont, Luciana Paluzzi star in this Italian-made adventure. AKA: "Man of Legend." 96 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.
Come Together [DVD](1972) DVD
A red-hot slice of '70s erotica, with "spaghetti western" star Tony Anthony playing an American stuntman working in Italy who gets partnered in a kinky threesome with swinging tourists Luciana Paluzzi and Rosemary Dexter. The three visit Pompeii, get hot in bed, and wear hip threads as narrator Anthony waxes philosophically in this sensuous meditation on free love. Soundtrack: English.
Tragic Ceremony [DVD](1972) DVD
A forgotten shocker from director Riccardo Freda ("The Horrible Dr. Hichcock") tells of four hippies who are having fun frolicking in the sun, until a storm forces them to seek shelter. They wind up in a gothic mansion and encounter a Satanic cult which targets one of them for a human sacrifice. Camille Keaton ("I Spit on Your Grave"), Luciana Paluzzi and Tony Isbert star in this macabre effort with Manson murder allusions. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Spanish; Subtitles: English. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Tragic Ceremony (Widescreen Version) [DVD](1972) DVD
A forgotten shocker from director Riccardo Freda ("The Horrible Dr. Hichcock") tells of four hippies who are having fun frolicking in the sun, until a storm forces them to seek shelter. They wind up in a gothic mansion and encounter a Satanic cult which targets one of them for a human sacrifice. Camille Keaton ("I Spit on Your Grave"), Luciana Paluzzi and Tony Isbert star in this macabre effort with Manson murder allusions. 87 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Italian Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; featurette; theatrical trailer. In Italian with English subtitles.
Hired To Kill (La Mala Ordina) [DVD](1972) DVD
Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) thought he could put one over on the mob by hijacking their $6,000,000 drug shipment. The mob isn't known for their sense of humor, though...and they send two hit men (Henry Silva and Woody Strode) to remind Luca of that fact. Luciana Paluzzi, Franco Fabrizi co-star. AKA: "Hit Men," "Black King Pin," "The Italian Connection," "Manhunt." 90 min. Soundtrack: English.
Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection [Blu-ray]
Four-disc set includes "Caliber 9," "The Italian Connection," "The Boss," and "Rulers of the City." In English and Italian with English subtitles.
Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection [DVD] DVD
Four-disc set includes "Caliber 9," "The Italian Connection," "The Boss," and "Rulers of the City." In English and Italian with English subtitles.
Mean Mother [DVD](1973) DVD
After he's double-crossed by the Mob and his girlfriend is killed, a heroin smuggler vows vengeance--and gets it--in this explosive urban actioner. Clifton Brown (aka pop singer Dobie Gray), Dennis Safren, Luciana Paluzzi star. 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary; theatrical trailer.
War Gods Of Babylon (1962)/War Goddess [DVD](1974) DVD
Two rival kings who are also brothers clash and call on the gods when they both desire the same woman. The handsomely mounted sandals-and-swordplay epic "War Gods of Babylon" stars Howard Duff, Jackie Lane. And, a beautiful Amazonian queen defies tradition when she actually falls in love with the Greek king she's only supposed to reproduce with, leading to an all-out battle, in "War Goddess." Alena Johnston, Sabine Sun star. 180 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced)/Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital stereo. Dubbed in English.
The Klansman [DVD](1974) DVD
When a young black man is arrested for the rape of a white woman, tensions in a small Southern town go past the boiling point, and a showdown between the law and the Klan is inevitable. Controversial drama stars Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, Linda Evans, O.J. Simpson. AKA: "The Burning Cross." 112 min. Soundtrack: English.
Without Trace [DVD](1975) DVD
The murder of a respectable Italian surgeon's daughter roils law enforcement in Rome. The case becomes even more troublesome when it is discovered that the girl's death is connected not to an assailant from the city's lower classes, but to the white slave trade and the machinations of an individual occupying the city's elite. Infamous giallo stars Antonio Sabato, Luciana Paluzzi. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Italian Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English. In Italian with English subtitles.
The Greek Tycoon [DVD](1978) DVD
In this romantic drama, Anthony Quinn shines as a Greek shipping magnate who encounters Jacqueline Bisset-the beautiful widow of a young American president. Before you can say "Jackie O," the pair falls madly in love with each other-much to the dismay of Quinn's old flame. With Edward Albert, James Franciscus, Charles Durning, and Luciana Paluzzi. 112 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
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Deadly Chase (1978) with Luc Merenda
The Greek Tycoon (1978) with Anthony Quinn, Jacqueline Bisset, Edward Albert, James Franciscus, Marilu Tolo, and Charles Durning
Nick the Sting (1976) with Luc Merenda, Lee J. Cobb, and Dagmar Lassander
The Secrets of a Sensuous Nurse (1975) with Jack Palance, Ursula Andress, and Daniele Vargas
The Maniac Responsible (1975) with Antonio Sabato
The Manhunt (1975) with Henry Silva
The Klansman (1974) with Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, Cameron Mitchell, O.J. Simpson, Lola Falana, David Huddleston, and Linda Evans
Mean Mother (1974) with Dobie Gray and Marilyn Joi
La Sbandata (1974)
The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping (1973) with Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Alan Oppenheimer, Elizabeth Ashley, Terry Carter, John Vernon, Maurice Evans, Leif Erickson, and David White
The Great Kidnapping (1973) with Lee J. Cobb and Jean Sorel
Medusa (1973) with George Hamilton, Cameron Mitchell, and Alana Stewart
The War Goddess (1973) with Helga Line
Black Gunn (1972) with Jim Brown, Martin Landau, Brenda Sykes, Vida Blue, Stephen McNally, Keefe Brasselle, William Campbell, Bernie Casey, Gary Conway, and Bruce Glover
Tragic Ceremony (1972)
The Two Faces of Fear (1972) with George Hilton and Fernando Rey
The Italian Connection (1972) with Henry Silva, Woody Strode, Adolfo Celi, and Sylva Koscina
Colpo grosso, grossissimo... anzi probabile (1972) with Terry-Thomas
Come Together (1971) with Tony Anthony
Run for Your Life (1971) with Lang Jeffries
Powderkeg (1971) with Rod Taylor, Dennis Cole, Fernando Lamas, John McIntire, Michael Ansara, Tisha Sterling, and William Kerwin
Man of Legend (1971) with Peter Strauss, Tina Aumont, and Massimo Serato
The Secret of the Glass Soldier (1970) with Dale Robertson
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969) with Robert Ryan and Chuck Connors
Playgirl 70 (1969)
Gunman of Ave Maria (1969) with Leonard Mann and Peter Martell
The Insatiables (1969) with Dorothy Malone, John Ireland, and Robert Hoffmann
99 Women (1969) with Maria Schell, Herbert Lom, Mercedes McCambridge, and Rosalba Neri
The Green Slime (1968) with Robert Horton and Richard Jaeckel
Now You See It, Now You Don't (1968) with Jonathan Winters, Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Jack Weston, and Richard Kiel
A Black Veil for Lisa (1968) with John Mills and Robert Hoffman
OSS 117 - Double Agent (1968) with John Gavin, Margaret Lee, Curd Jurgens, Rosalba Neri, and George Eastman
A Thousand and One Nights (1968) with Jeff Cooper
Chuka (1967) with Rod Taylor, Ernest Borgnine, John Mills, James Whitmore, and Michael Cole
The Venetian Affair (1967) with Robert Vaughn, Elke Sommer, Felicia Farr, Boris Karloff, Roger C. Carmel, Edward Asner, and Wesley Lau
The One Eyed Soldiers (1966) with Dale Robertson
Thunderball (1965) with Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Rik Van Nutter, Martine Beswick, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, and Lois Maxwell
Let's Talk About Men (1965) with Nino Manfredi, Margaret Lee, and Tony Anthony
I Kill, You Kill (1965) with Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Rosalba Neri, and Margaret Lee
Muscle Beach Party (1964) with Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, John Ashley, Don Rickles, Jody McCrea, Peter Lupus, Peter Lorre, Donna Loren, and Morey Amsterdam
Le vice et la vertu (1963) with Catherine Deneuve
Delitto e castigo (1963)
The Reluctant Saint (1962) with Maximilian Schell, Ricardo Montalban, Akim Tamiroff, and Mark Damon
Return to Peyton Place (1961) with Carol Lynley, Jeff Chandler, Eleanor Parker, Mary Astor, Robert Sterling, Brett Halsey, and Tuesday Weld
Man in a Cocked Hat (1959) with Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers
Journey to the Lost City (1959) with Debra Paget
My Wife's Enemy (1959) with Marcello Mastroianni and Vittorio De Sica
Sea Fury (1958) with Stanley Baker, Victor McLaglen, and Joe Robinson
Si le roi savait ca (1958)
Tank Force (1958) with Victor Mature and Anthony Newley
Hercules (1958) with Steve Reeves and Sylva Koscina
La Donna che venne dal mare (1957)
Guaglione (1957) with Terence Hill
Plucking the Daisy (1956) with Brigitte Bardot
The Lebanese Mission (1956) with Gianna Maria Canale, Omar Sharif, Juliette Greco, and Jess Hahn
Adriana Lecouvreur (1955)
Faccia da mascalzone (1955) with Valentina Cortese, Lee Patterson, and Rossano Brazzi
Il Vetturale del Moncenisio (1954) with Virna Lisi
My Seven Little Sins (1954) with Maurice Chevalier
Sua altezza ha detto no! (1953) with Jacques Sernas and Ugo Tognazzi
Five Fingers, 1959-1960 NBC TV Series. Paluzzi portrayed Simone Genet
TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Hawaii Five-O, episode My Friend, the Enemy, originally aired April 13, 1978
The New Dick Van Dyke Show, episode Preston al Naturale, originally aired November 12, 1973
Tenafly, episode The Cash and Carry Caper, originally aired October 31, 1973
Search, episode A Honeymoon to Kill, originally aired January 10, 1973
Mr. Terrific, episode Matchless, originally aired January 9, 1967
12 O'Clock High, episode Face of a Shadow, originally aired September 23, 1966
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., episode The Dog-Gone Affair, originally aired September 13, 1966
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., episode The Four-Steps Affair, originally aired March 22, 1965
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Marty Kelso?, originally aired February 28, 1964
Bonanza, episode The Dowry, originally aired April 29, 1962
Thriller, episode Flowers of Evil, originally aired March 5, 1962
The Tab Hunter Show, episode One Night in Paris, originally aired December 4, 1960
Hong Kong, episode To Catch a Star, originally aired November 30, 1960
Adventures in Paradise, episode Heads, You Lose, originally aired April 18, 1960
Have Gun - Will Travel, episode Unforgiven, originally aired November 7, 1959
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents, episode Together, originally aired March 11, 1957
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