Isabel Sarli

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Isabel Sarli
Isabel Sarli.jpg
Isabel Sarli in the late 1960s.
Born Hilda Isabel Gorrindo Sarli
(1935-07-09) 9 July 1935 (age 80)
Concordia, Entre Ríos, Argentina
Occupation Actress, glamour model
Years active 1954—present
Partner(s) Armando Bó (1956-1981)
  • Isabelita Sarli
  • Martín

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[1] sexploitation films. Sarli is a considered a cultural icon and the quintessential sex symbol in her home country.

Early Years[edit]

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.[2]


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. 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.[3]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Sarli 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.[4] The Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina (es), 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.[5]

In 2010, the movie "Fuego" was premiered with english subtitles at the Lincoln Center in New York.[6]


Title Year Role
El Trueno entre las hojas 1958 Flavia Forkel
Sabaleros 1959 Angela
India 1960 Ansisé
... Y el demonio creó a los hombres 1960
Favela 1961
La Burrerita de Ypacaraí 1962
The Female: Seventy Times Seven 1962 Cora / Laura
La leona 1964
La Diosa impura 1964 Laura
Lujuria tropical 1964
La mujer del zapatero 1965
La tentación desnuda 1966 Sandra Quesada
Los Días calientes 1966
La señora del intendente 1967 Flor Tetis
Fuego 1968 Laura
Carne 1968 Delicia
La mujer de mi padre 1968 Eva
Éxtasis tropical 1969
Desnuda en la arena 1969 Alicia
Embrujada 1969
Fiebre 1972
Furia infernal 1973 Barbara
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
Insaciable 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


  1. ^ Trerotola, Diego (20 April 2012). "Coca Camp". Página/12 (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Corliss, Richard (2010-08-07). "Isabel Sarli: A Sex Bomb at Lincoln Center". TIME. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  3. ^ La Coca Sarli no quiere defraudar al público
  4. ^ "Cristina nombró a Isabel Sarli Embajadora de la Cultura Popular". La Nación. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Decreto 1876/2012". Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "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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