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October 16, 1921|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||May 13, 2001
Deming, New Mexico, U.S.
Originally an opera singer, Gale later performed as a concert singer in Rome, Italy. Film director Federico Fellini spotted her in Milan, and cast her for the role of Saraghina, the "devil woman", in Fellini's 8½ (1963), who is used in a flashback representing the male lead's first erotic experience as a young boy. Gale appeared around the same time in Tutto e Musica and Gidget Goes to Rome (also 1963). Following her role in 8½,, she then appeared in the role of Peter Sellers' wife, Anna Fassbender, in What's New Pussycat? (1965), as a guest in Hotel Paradiso (1966), and in small roles in films such as Three Bites of the Apple (1967), The Graduate (1967), A Man Called Gannon (1968), I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968), The Maltese Bippy (1969), Desperate Mission (1969), and Alex & the Gypsy (1976). Her last film appearance was as the flamboyant French actress Genevieve in Somewhere in Time (1980).
Gale died aged 79 from complications following a stroke.
- 8½, (1963) - La Saraghina
- Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) - Fat Party Guest (uncredited)
- Tutto è musica (1963)
- La donna è una cosa meravigliosa (1964)
- What's New Pussycat? (1965) - Anna Fassbender
- Hotel Paradiso (1966) - Hotel Guest
- Three Bites of the Apple (1967) - The Yodeler
- Matchless (1967)
- Games (1967) - Party Guest
- The Graduate (1967) - Woman on Bus
- A Man Called Gannon (1968) - Louisa
- I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968) - Love Lady
- The Maltese Bippy (1969) - Helga
- Desperate Mission (1969) - Delores the Bartender
- The Strawberry Statement (1970) - Dean's Secretary
- Farewell, My Lovely (1975) - Singer
- Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976) - Nurse Beam
- Alex & the Gypsy (1976) - Telephone Lady
- Somewhere in Time (1980) - Genevieve (Last appearance)
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