Isabel Sarli in the late 1960s.
|Born||Hilda Isabel Gorrindo Sarli
9 July 1935
Concordia, Entre Ríos, Argentina
|Occupation||Actress, glamour model|
|Partner(s)||Armando Bó (1956-1981)|
Hilda Isabel Gorrindo Sarli (Spanish pronunciation: [isaˈβel ˈsarli]; born 9 July 1935), nicknamed Coca, is a retired Argentine actress and glamour model, known for her campy sexploitation films. Sarli is a considered a cultural icon and the quintessential sex symbol in her home country.
Hilda Isabel Sarli Gorrindo Tito born in Concordia, Entre Ríos Province, in a very poor family. Her father left her family when she was 3 years old. Before becoming an actress she worked as a secretary. But thanks to her beauty she started modeling for Argentinian magazines. Sarli was nicknamed "Coca", which comes from either her Coke-bottle-shaped figure, or from her addiction to the soft drink.
She was discovered by filmmaker Armando Bó after she became Miss Argentina in 1955. She became the star of his films, starting with El Trueno entre las hojas in 1956. The film has since become a cult classic as the first Argentine feature length film with full frontal nudity in it. She went on to become an international Latin American star, filming in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela and films like Fuego (1969) and Fiebre (1970) reached the American and European markets.
She received offers to work in Mexico, England and USA, but declined.
Bó later insisted in casting her in naturalistic melodramas. After his death in 1981, Sarli retired from the cinema industry altogether but came back in the mid-90s for Jorge Polaco's picaresque film, La Dama Regresa (1996). The film was inspired largely on her life and public image, serving as an homage of sorts. In 2009 she teamed once more with Polaco in Arroz con leche for a bit part.
In 2011 she starred in the political drama Mis días con Gloria, where she plays a character based on her. The film also stars her goddaughter Isabelita Sarli.
Isabel was not married to Armando Bó, despite the popular believing. She currently lives in Buenos Aires with her goddaughter Isabelita.
On 12 October 2012, it was reported that Argentine President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, named Sarli as Argentine Ambassador of Popular Culture. The Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina, under Decree 1876/2012, stated:
[…] Isabel Sarli is considered a true representative of the national culture, as much for her acting skills in films as for being considered a popular icon of her day and an emblematic figure of Argentine cinema.
In 2010, the movie "Fuego" was premiered with english subtitles at the Lincoln Center in New York.
Filmmaker John Waters cites Sarli as one of his biggest influences.
|El Trueno entre las hojas||1958||Flavia Forkel|
|... Y el demonio creó a los hombres||1960|
|La Burrerita de Ypacaraí||1962|
|The Female: Seventy Times Seven||1962||Cora / Laura|
|La Diosa impura||1964||Laura|
|La mujer del zapatero||1965|
|La tentación desnuda||1966||Sandra Quesada|
|Los Días calientes||1966|
|La señora del intendente||1967||Flor Tetis|
|La mujer de mi padre||1968||Eva|
|Desnuda en la arena||1969||Alicia|
|Intimidades de una cualquiera||1974||María|
|El sexo y el amor||1974|
|Una Mariposa en la noche||1977||Yvonne|
|El último amor en Tierra del Fuego||1979|
|Una viuda descocada||1980||Flor Tetis Soutién de Gambetta|
|La dama regresa||1996|
|Carne sobre carne||2007||Herself (archive material)|
|Arroz con leche||2009|
|Parapolicial negro, apuntes para una prehistoria de la AAA||2010||Herself (interviewed)|
|Mis días con Gloria||2010||Gloria Saten|
- Trerotola, Diego (20 April 2012). "Coca Camp". Página/12 (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- Corliss, Richard (2010-08-07). "Isabel Sarli: A Sex Bomb at Lincoln Center". TIME. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- La Coca Sarli no quiere defraudar al público
- "Cristina nombró a Isabel Sarli Embajadora de la Cultura Popular". La Nación. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- "Decreto 1876/2012". Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- "Argentinian Sex Symbol Isabel ‘Coca’ Sarli Comes to Lincoln Center — On the Big Screen". Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
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