Laura Gemser

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Laura Gemser
Born Laurette Marcia Gemser
(1950-10-05) October 5, 1950 (age 65)
Surabaya, Indonesia
Other names Emanuelle
Moira Chen
Citizenship Dutch
Occupation Actress, model, costume designer
Years active 1974–1993
Spouse(s) Gabriele Tinti (1976–1991; his death)

Laurette Marcia "Laura" Gemser (born October 5, 1950, Surabaya) is a retired Indonesian-Dutch actress, model and costume designer.[1] She is primarily known for her work in Italian erotic cinema, most notably the Black Emanuelle series, and her collaborations with directors Joe D'Amato and Bruno Mattei.[1]

Gemser has also been credited as Moira Chen, most notably in Love Is Forever (1983).

Life and career[edit]

Gemser left Indonesia in 1955, at the age of four, and moved with her parents to the Netherlands.[2] She grew up in the Dutch city of Utrecht, where she attended the MULO Regentesseschool high school. After that, she attended the Artibus Art School in Utrecht, where she specialized in fashion design.[2]

After modelling in various magazines in the Netherlands and Belgium, in 1974 she moved to Italy to star in the erotic film Amore libero - Free Love.[3] The film was a box office success and launched the career of Gemser, who later became internationally recognised after starring in a number of Black Emanuelle films in the 1970s.[2][3]

Her most mainstream and well-received role was as Laotian actress Keo Sirisomphone in Michael Landon's 1983 American television movie, Love is Forever, in which she was credited as Moira Chen. Gemser continued to do films, at times working with her actor husband, Gabriele Tinti. In the 1990s, she left the movies to do costume designing for film. In addition, she lost her husband, who died of cancer in 1991. Today she lives in retirement and low profile in Rome.


Costume designer credits[edit]

  • Top Model (1988 film)
  • Amore sporco (1988)
  • La Stanza della parole (1990)
  • Troll 3 (Contamination .7) (1990)
  • La Casa (1990)
  • Metamorphosis (1990)
  • Troll 2 (1990)
  • Hot steps – passi caldi (1990)
  • Ritorno dalla morte (1991)
  • La Donna di una sera (1991)
  • Door to Silence (1991)


  1. ^ a b "Laura Gemser". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c Article on Laura Gemser in Leeuwarder Courant, February 5, 1977
  3. ^ a b Gordiano Lupi, Laura Gemser e le altre. Edizioni Profondo Rosso, 2011. pp. 18–19.

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