Paluzzi in La mala ordina (1972)
10 June 1937|
Brett Halsey (1960–1962; divorce) 1 child|
Michael Jay Solomon (1980–present)
|Partner(s)||Tony Anthony (1960s–1970s)|
|Children||Christian Halsey Solomon (b. 1961)|
Paluzzi's very first film was an uncredited walk-on part in Three Coins in the Fountain (1954). She went on to appear in many movies, most of which were made in her native Italy. In her early films, she is credited as Luciana Paoluzzi. She also played Rafaella, the wife of Brett Halsey's character, Ted Carter, in 1961's Return to Peyton Place
Paluzzi is best known as the villainess, Fiona Volpe, in Thunderball (1965). She had auditioned for the part of the lead Bond girl, Dominetta "Domino" Petacchi, but producers cast Claudine Auger, changing the Domino character from an Italian to a Frenchwoman and renaming her Dominique Derval. Initially crestfallen when informed she did not get the part, Paluzzi rejoiced when told her consolatory prize was the part of Volpe, which she said was "more fun" to play. Paluzzi later claimed being a Bond girl was a double-edged sword. In the documentary Bond Girls Are Forever, Paluzzi expressed amazement at the level of fame, publicity, and recognition she received from Thunderball; but as a result of being in such an outlandish film, she felt she was taken less seriously as an actress when returning to the Italian film industry.
Paluzzi appeared in such films as Muscle Beach Party (1964) and Chuka (1967). She co-starred in the 1969 women in prison film 99 Women; and as a southern belle in the 1974 Hollywood drama The Klansman (with her voice dubbed by American actress Joanna Moore).
In 1959–60, Paluzzi appeared with David Hedison in the short-lived espionage television series, Five Fingers. In 1962 she played a murderous wife in an episode of Thriller titled "Flowers of Evil". In 1964 she played the villainess in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., as the seductive THRUSH agent Angela in the first-season episode "The Four Steps Affair" and in the movie version of the show's pilot episode, To Trap a Spy. In 1966 she played Baroness Carla Montaglia in Season 3, Episode 3 "Face of a Shadow" in Twelve O'Clock High . In 1967 she played the seductive foreign agent Marla Valemska in "Matchless," the premier episode of Mr. Teriffic. In 1971 Paluzzi appeared as a special guest star in "Powderkeg," the pilot movie for the CBS TV series, Bearcats!. In 1978 she portrayed journalist Liana Labella in the Hawaii Five-O episode "My Friend, the Enemy".
In 1960, Paluzzi married actor Brett Halsey, who had just left his marriage with Renate Hoy, an actress and Miss Germany of 1954. The two co-starred as a newlywed couple in the film, Return to Peyton Place. The couple had one son, Christian, and after the divorce in 1962 Halsey married Heidi Brühl.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Paluzzi had a long-term relationship with Tony Anthony, with whom she appeared with in the films Wounds of Hunger and Come Together. Her work in Japan on The Green Slime inspired Anthony to write and produce the hybrid Spaghetti Western-jidaigeki film The Silent Stranger.
In 1980, she married her current husband, American media mogul Michael Jay Solomon, a former president of Warner Bros International Television. The two resided at an exclusive clifftop estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Jalisco, Mexico, known as "Casa Dos Estrellas". The couple sold that estate in about 2005 to live in New York and Rome, to be close to family.
- Sua altezza ha detto: no! (1953) – Nanú
- Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) – Angela Bianchi (uncredited)
- My Seven Little Sins (1954) – Pat
- Il vetturale del Moncenisio (1954)
- Adriana Lecouvreur (1955)
- Faccia da mascalzone (1956)
- The Lebanese Mission (1956) – Michèle Hennequin
- Mademoiselle Striptease (1956) – Sophia
- Guaglione (1956) – Marisa's Friend
- La donna che venne dal mare (1957)
- Hercules (1958) – Luciana Paoluzzi
- No Time to Die (1958) – Carola
- Si le roi savait ça (1958)
- Sea Fury (1958) – Josita
- The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959) – Bharani – Seetha's servant
- Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959) – Her Serene Highness Princess Ilyena
- My Wife's Enemy (1959) – Giulia
- Journey to the Lost City (1960) – Bahrani
- Return to Peyton Place (1961) – Raffaella
- The Reluctant Saint (1962) – Carlotta (scenes deleted)
- Vice and Virtue (1963) – Héléna
- Wounds of Hunger (1963) – Estela
- To Trap a Spy (1964) – Angela (archive footage)
- Muscle Beach Party (1964) – Julie
- Questa volta parliamo di uomini (1965) – Manuela (segment "Un uomo d'onore")
- I Kill, You Kill (1965) – La mamma (segment "Giochi acerbi")
- Thunderball (1965) – Fiona Volpe
- The Venetian Affair (1966) – Giulia Almeranti
- The One Eyed Soldiers (1966) – Gava Berens
- Chuka (1967) – Veronica Kleitz
- The Green Slime (1968) – Dr. Lisa Benson
- OSS 117 - Double Agent (1968) – Señora Veronica Kleitz
- A Black Veil for Lisa (1968) – Lisa
- La esclava del paraíso (1968) – Mizziana
- 1001 Nights (1968) – Natalie Mendoza
- 99 Women (1969) – Natalie Mendoza
- Carnal Circuit (1969) – Mary Sullivan
- The Forgotten Pistolero (1969) – Anna Carrasco
- Playgirl 70 (1969) – Luisa
- Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969) – Mala
- Il segreto dei soldati di argilla (1970)
- The Man Who Came from Hate (1971) – Theresa
- Come Together (1971) – Lisa
- Il sergente Klems (1971) – Frida
- The Two Faces of Fear (1972) – Elena Carli
- Colpo grosso... grossissimo... anzi probabile (1972) – Jacqueline
- The Italian Connection (1972) – Eva Lalli
- Black Gunn (1972) – Toni
- Tragic Ceremony (1972) – Lady Alexander
- Medusa (1973) – Sarah
- The Great Kidnapping (1973) – Renata Boletti
- War Goddess (1973) – Phaedra
- Mean Mother (1974) – Therese
- The Klansman (1974) – Trixie
- La sbandata (1974) – Rosa – wife of Raffaele
- Manhunt in the City (1975) – Vera Vannucchi
- Calling All Police Cars (1975) – Ispettrice Giovanna Nunziante
- The Sensuous Nurse (1975) – Jole Scarpa
- Nick the Sting (1976) – Anna
- The Greek Tycoon (1978) – Paola Scotti
- Deadly Chase (1978) – Rosy (final film role)
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