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Barbara Bouchet at the Sonopromotion film fair, November 5th 2006, Kerkrade, The Netherlands
15 August 1943
Reichenberg, Sudetenland, Germany (present day Liberec, Czech Republic)
|Spouse(s)||Luigi Borghese (m. 1974–2006)(separated; 2 sons)|
She has acted in more than 80 films and television episodes and founded a production company that has produced fitness videos and books. She also owns and operates a fitness studio. Some of her roles include Miss Moneypenny in Casino Royale, Kelinda in the episode "By Any Other Name" of the original Star Trek, as Patrizia in Non si sevizia un paperino and as Mrs. Schermerhorn in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.
Barbara Gutscher was born the oldest of 4 siblings, two boys and two girls in Reichenberg, in the Sudetenland, a part of Czechoslovakia under German occupation, that is now part of the Czech Republic.
After World War II, the Gutscher family was placed, along with many others, in a resettlement camp in the American occupation zone in Germany, from where they were, in time, able to apply for, and be granted, permission to emigrate to the United States, under the humanitarian provisions of the Displaced Persons Act that had been legislated by Congress in 1948.
After arriving in America, the Gutschers eventually settled in San Francisco, California, where young Barbara was raised. She attended Galileo High School, at the corner between Russian Hill and the Marina District in San Francisco.
Her father, Fritz Gutscher, worked as a convention photographer with Cal Visual, and later with Bauer Audio Visual, the in-house audio-visual company for the San Francisco Hilton Hotel until 1980 when Bauer lost their contract. Fritz had a darkroom in what is today Union Square room 24, and he covered the walls with photos of his daughter Barbara. Notably, his assistant, Brian Goodspeed, had a connection to the James Bond film franchise: his residence was used for scenes with Diana Rigg and George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service filmed in Lisbon.
In 1959, spurred by the popularity of the film Gidget, KPIX-TV, the local television station covering the San Francisco Bay area, decided to hold a "Miss Gidget" beauty and talent contest on the Dick Stewart Television Show. The contest was open to all teenage girls in the local area, and Barbara entered and won, resulting in her first experience of fame.
As a prize, the station offered young Barbara the chance to become one of the "regulars" in the dance group of the show, who were called The KPIX Dance Party. These were teenage dancers who danced live to the hit songs of the day and became locally famous in their own right by being on television six days per week. Barbara was on the show from 1959 until 1962, when she moved to Hollywood to get into the film industry, changing her Germanic sounding surname to the French sounding Barbara Bouchet.
Barbara Bouchet began her career modelling for magazine covers and appearing in television commercials, before eventually becoming an actress. Her first acting role was a minor part in What a Way to Go! (1964), which led to a series of other roles in the 1960s. She appeared in the films John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1964), In Harm's Way (1964), and Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966).
In Casino Royale (1967), she played the role of Miss Moneypenny. Her early films gave her the grounding in character development that she needed in order to tackle more substantial roles later on in her career. In 1968, she guest-starred in the Star Trek episode "By Any Other Name".
In 1970, she moved to Italy where she began acting in Italian films after growing tired of being typecast and unable to get starring roles in Hollywood. In Italy, she mostly appeared in giallo mystery films, poliziottesco crime dramas and commedia erotica all'italiana sex comedies.
Her more noteworthy films of this period include:
- Black Belly of the Tarantula (La tarantola dal ventre nero, 1971), giallo murder-mystery.
- Amuck (Alla ricerca del piacere, 1972), erotic giallo.
- French Sex Murders (Casa d'Appuntamento, 1972), giallo.
- Milano calibro 9 (1972), poliziottesco gangster drama with Gastone Moschin.
- Non si sevizia un paperino (1972), giallo.
- The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (La dama rossa uccide sette volte, 1972)
- L'Anatra all'arancia (Duck in Orange Sauce, 1975)
- Death Rage (Con la rabbia agli occhi, 1976), giallo mafia film.
- Sex with a Smile (40 gradi all'ombra del lenzuolo, 1975), commedia erotica.
In the 1980s, she became a television personality on Italian television. She starred with Gregory Peck in The Scarlet and The Black in 1983, a successful World War II rescue movie for TV. In 1985, she established a production company and started to produce a successful series of fitness books and videos. In addition, she opened a fitness studio in Rome.
In 2002, she returned to American cinema, appearing in Gangs of New York, playing "Mrs. Schermerhorn".
In 1974, Barbara Bouchet married Luigi Borghese, a producer, with whom she has two sons - Alessandro (b. 1976), a TV chef and Massimiliano (b. 1989), a bartender. Her husband subsequently produced some of her later films. She separated from her husband in 2006, citing different aspirations.
- Dick Stewart Television Show, (1959–1962, uncredited)
- The Rogues (1964, 1 episode)
- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1965, 1 episode)
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1966, 1 episode)
- The Virginian (1967, 1 episode)
- Tarzan (1968, 1 episode)
- Star Trek (1968, 1 episode)
- Cool Million (1972)
- Beauty Center Show (1983)
- The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
- Quelli della speciale (1992, mini-series)
- Stracult 2 (2001, 1 episode)
- Incantesimo 6 (2003)
- Diritto di difesa (2004, 4 episodes)
- Un posto al sole (2004)
- Capri (2006)
- Ho sposato uno sbirro (2007, mini-series)
- Barbara Bouchet, Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen website
- A Terrible Revenge, DeZayas, Alfred Maurice, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 1-4039-7308-3, 2nd edition, 2006
- Interiano, Manny. "KPIX Dance Party". Archived from the original on 5 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
- Boccalini, Siria. "Intervista a Barbara Bouchet" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
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- Barbara Bouchet at the Internet Movie Database
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- Italica, a RAI website dedicated to the Italian post-WWII cinema
- Barbara Bouchet fansite