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August 27, 2022

40 Fabulous Photos of Rossana Podestà in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1934 in Tripoli in the Italian colony of Libya, Italian actress Rossana Podestà was discovered by director Léonide Moguy at sixteen during the preparation of the cast for the film Domani è un altro giorno (1951); this inaugurated a career in which she participated in sixty films, in Italy and abroad.

Podestà’s most memorable role was as Helen in Helen of Troy in 1956. She could not speak English so she learned her lines by rote with a voice coach. The movie gave Podestà international exposure, and she performed alongside a young Brigitte Bardot. Thanks to her starring in the Mexican film Rossana, she became very popular in Latin America.

Podestà also starred in the movie Ulisse (1955), and in the sixties and seventies she acted in some romantic movies, including Paolo il caldo and Il prete sposato which led to a double page of five half-naked pictures in the US Playboy of March 1966. Under the headline “Trio Con Brio” featuring European actresses, she appeared alongside Christiane Schmidtmer (from Germany) and Shirley Anne Field (from the UK).

Podestà’s last performance was in Secrets Secrets (1985), directed by Giuseppe Bertolucci. She died in 2013 at the age of 79. Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of young Rossana Podestà in the 1950s and 1960s.


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