Friday, February 13, 2009
Really, we just like saying her name. It's the kind of name that only a 1960's European sexpot actress could have. Gorgeous, Roman-born Luciana Paluzzi could never be a cuddly old nonna, stirring sauce and kneading pasta dough and putting up jars of preserved olives; she had to have a wild mane of hair, dangerous curves, and a sultry accent thicker than a blanket of mozzarella cheese. La Paluzzi's trio of early-to-mid-1960's films (1961's Return to Peyton Place, 1964's Muscle Beach Party, and 1965's Thunderball) guarantee her a little corner shrine here at Stirred, Straight Up, with a Twist; despite her potent showing as one of the sexiest Bond villainesses, ever (see below), it was soon on to such fare as The Green Slime (1968) and something called Chuka (1967). Retired since 1980, La Paluzzi lives a quiet life in Bel-Air with her husband, and we're sure she still decks herself out in a headscarf and Pucci prints every single day.