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October 20, 2022

40 Fabulous Photos of Gianna Maria Canale in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1927 in Reggio Calabria, Italian actress Gianna Maria Canale competed in the Miss Italia beauty contest, where she was runner-up to Lucia Bosè in 1947. Following this, she appeared in many Italian magazines, with her looks being compared to those of Ava Gardner.

Canale was offered a role in a movie by Riccardo Freda, with whom she eventually fell in love. They moved to Brazil where they were married and worked together in two movies. As Canale did not enjoy living in South America, the couple returned to Italy where, often directed by her husband, she starred in many sword and hood movies, as well as horror and adventure ones. I vampiri (1957) was her last film with Freda.

Canale retired from acting in 1964 at the age of 37. She died in Sutri, Viterbo in 2009, aged 81. Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of young Gianna Maria Canale in the 1950s and 1960s.


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