Laura Gemser

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Laura Gemser
Laura Gemser.jpg
Gemser in Black Emanuelle (1975)
Born Laurette Marcia Gemser
(1950-10-05) 5 October 1950 (age 67)
Surabaya, Indonesia
Other names Emanuelle
Moira Chen
Citizenship Dutch
Italian
Occupation Actress, model, costume designer
Years active 1974–1993
Spouse(s) Gabriele Tinti (1976–1991; his death)

Laurette Marcia "Laura" Gemser (born 5 October 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. Many of her films were 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).

Early life[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 specialised in fashion design.[2]

Career[edit]

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. She played one of the masseuses in the 1975 film Emmanuelle 2 (aka Emmanuelle, The Joys of a Woman), and later that year took the starring role in Bitto Albertini's Black Emanuelle.[4] She starred in a number of further Black Emanuelle films in the 1970s.[2][3]

She starred as Laotian actress Keo Sirisomphone in Michael Landon's 1983 American television film, Love is Forever, in which she was credited as Moira Chen. Gemser continued to make films, at times working with her actor husband, Gabriele Tinti. In the 1990s, she retired from films to work on costume designing for film.[citation needed]

Partial filmography[edit]

Note: The films listed as N/A are not necessarily chronological.
Title Year Credited as Role Notes Refs.
Actor Costume designer Other
Amore libero - Free Love N/A Yes Jeannie Credited as Emanuelle in the film. [5]
Black Emanuelle N/A Yes Emanuelle [6]
Black Emanuelle 2 N/A Yes Emanuelle [7]
Emanuelle in Bangkok N/A Yes Emanuelle [8]
Voyage of the Damned 1976 Yes Estredes Geliebte [9]
Black Cobra Woman N/A Yes Eva [10]
Smooth Velvet, Raw Silk N/A Yes Emanuelle [11]
Emanuelle in America N/A Yes Emanuelle [12]
La spiaggia del desiderio N/A Yes Haidé [13]
Voto di castità N/A Yes Iliana [14]
Crime Busters N/A Yes Susy Li [15]
Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals N/A Yes Emanuelle [16]
Emanuelle Around the World N/A Yes Emanuelle [17]
Le notti porno nel mondo N/A Yes se stessa [18]
Suor Emanuelle N/A Yes suor Emanuelle [19]
Emanuelle e le pornonotti N/A Yes N/A [20]
Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade N/A Yes Emanuelle [21]
Voglia di donna N/A Yes principessa africana [22]
La mujer de la tierra caliente N/A Yes N/A [23]
Erotic Nights of the Living Dead N/A Yes indigena [24]
Porno Esotic Love N/A Yes N/A [25]
Murder Obsession 1981 Yes Betty [26]
Die Todesgöttin des Liebescamps 1981 Yes Die Göttliche [27]
Melani Queen of Sados N/A Yes N/A [28]
Ator, the Fighting Eagle 1982 Yes Indunn [29]
Violence in a Women's Prison 1982 Yes Emanuelle Larson [30][31]
La belva dalla calda pelle N/A Yes Sheila [32]
Caligula, the Untold Story N/A Yes Myriam [33]
Invaders of the Lost Gold N/A Yes N/A [34]
Women's Prison Massacre N/A Yes Emmanuelle [35]
Love is Forever 1983 Yes Keo Sirisomphone [36]
Endgame N/A Yes Lilith Credited as Moira Chen [37]
L'Alcova N/A Yes Zerbal, la schiava [38]
The Pleasure N/A Yes Haunani [39]
Voglia di guardare N/A Yes N/A [40]
Riflessi di luce N/A Yes N/A [41]
Top Model N/A Yes Dorothy [42]
Hot Steps N/A Yes [43]
Quest for the Mighty Sword 1990 Yes Grimilde [44][45]
Troll 2 1990 Yes [46]
Passion's Flowers N/A Yes Yes Scene designer [47]
Woman's Secret - Il segreto di una donna N/A Yes [48]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Laura Gemser". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c Article on Laura Gemser in Leeuwarder Courant, 5 February 1977
  3. ^ a b Gordiano Lupi, Laura Gemser e le altre. Edizioni Profondo Rosso, 2011. pp. 18–19.
  4. ^ Paul, Louis (2013). Italian Horror Film Directors. McFarland. p. 184. ISBN 0786487496. Retrieved 13 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "Amore libero (1974)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  6. ^ "Emanuelle nera (1975)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  7. ^ "Emanuelle nera n. 2 (1976)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "Emanuelle nera - Orient Reportage (1976)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  9. ^ "Voyage of the Damned". Filmportal.de (in German). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  10. ^ "Eva nera". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  11. ^ "Velluto nero (1976)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  12. ^ "Emanuelle in America (1976)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  13. ^ "La spiaggia del desiderio (1976)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  14. ^ "Voto di castità (1976)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  15. ^ "I due superpiedi quasi piatti". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  16. ^ "Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  17. ^ "Emanuelle - Perché violenza alle donne? (1977)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  18. ^ "Le notti porno nel mondo (1977)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  19. ^ "suor Emanuelle". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  20. ^ "Emanuelle e le pornonotti (1978)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  21. ^ "La via della prostituzione (1978)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  22. ^ "Voglia di donna (1978)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  23. ^ "La mujer de la tierra caliente [La donna della calda terra] (1978)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  24. ^ "Le notti erotiche (1980)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  25. ^ "Porno Esotic Love (1980)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  26. ^ Curti 2017, p. 328.
  27. ^ "Die Todesgöttin des Liebescamps". Filmportal.de. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  28. ^ "* * Melani Queen of Sados [Sexy Moon] (1980". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  29. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 198.
  30. ^ "Release". BFI Film & Television Database. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on December 31, 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  31. ^ "Violenza in un carcere femminile (1982)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  32. ^ "La belva dalla calda pelle". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  33. ^ "Caligola... la storia mai raccontata (1982)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  34. ^ "* * Invaders of the Lost Gold [Horror Safari] (1982)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  35. ^ "Blade Violent (1983)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  36. ^ "Love Is Forever" (in German). Filmportal.de. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  37. ^ "Endgame - Bronx lotta finale (1983)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  38. ^ "L'alcova (1985)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  39. ^ "Il piacere (1985)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  40. ^ "Voglia di guardare (1986)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  41. ^ "Riflessi di luce". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  42. ^ "Top Model". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  43. ^ "Hot Steps". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  44. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 202.
  45. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 203.
  46. ^ "Troll 2". American Film Institute. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  47. ^ "Passion's Flowers". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  48. ^ "Woman's Secret - Il segreto di una donna (1992)". Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 

Sources[edit]

  • Curti, Roberto (2017). Riccardo Freda: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker. McFarland. ISBN 1476628386. 
  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916. 

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