Gianna Maria Canale

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Gianna Maria Canale
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Canale in I vampiri (1956)
Born (1927-09-12)12 September 1927
Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died 13 February 2009(2009-02-13) (aged 81)
Sutri, Italy
Occupation Actress
Years active 1946-1964

Gianna Maria Canale (12 September 1927 – 13 February 2009) was an Italian film actress.


Canale was born in 1927 in Reggio Calabria. In 1947, at the Miss Italia beauty contest, won by Lucia Bosè, she placed second. Canale received publicity in many Italian magazines after this. Her looks were compared to those of Ava Gardner. Riccardo Freda offered her a role in a movie, and, after they fell in love, they got married in Brazil, where they shot two films. Canale however was not used to living in South America and they came back to Italy, where, often directed by her husband, she starred in many sword and sandal films, as well as Italian horror and adventure films. I vampiri was her last film with Freda. She retired from the movie industry in 1964 at age 37, and died in Sutri (VT) January 2009.


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