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May 26, 2019

Cuban Classic Bombshell: Glamorous Photos of Chelo Alonso in the 1950s and 1960s

Born 1933 as Isabel Apolonia García Hernández in Central Lugareño, Camagüey, Cuban-Mexican actress Chelo Alonso was first noticed internationally in the 1959 film, Nel segno di Roma (Sheba and the Gladiator), which starred Anita Ekberg and Georges Marchal. Owing to a particularly erotic dance number, her picture and name became more prominent on the movie's publicity posters than either of the two leads, much to Ekberg's dismay.

Most of Alonso's films were adventure movies in the style of Le fatiche di Ercole (Hercules). Hercules starred Steve Reeves and was a wildly popular new genre in film. It paved the way for movies attempting to emulate it. These films required exotic talent, and Alonso's dark beauty fit the bill; she even starred with Steve Reeves himself in Goliath and the Barbarians (1959) and Morgan il pirata (1960). Goliath and the Barbarians earned Alonso the award of "Italian Cinema's Female Discovery".

Alonso became a star in Italian cinema, and ultimately a 1960s cult film heroine and sex symbol in the U.S.

In 1960, while making Morgan il pirata, Alonso met and married Aldo Pomilia, a production manager and producer. After making together Quattro notti con Alba (Desert War) in 1962, they had one son, and she retired for a while.

After the death of her husband in 1986, Alonso moved to the city of Siena in Tuscany, Italy. She retired from film and started a cat-breeding business, as well as a four-star hotel.

Chelo Alonso died on February 20, 2019, at the age of 85.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Chelo Alonso in the 1950s and 1960s.



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