Nieves Navarro

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Nieves Navarro
Nieves Navarro in Sergio Martino's horror film All the Colors of the Dark (1972)
Born Nieves Navarro García
(1938-11-11) November 11, 1938 (age 79)
Almería, Spain
Other names Susan Scott
Suzanne Scott
Occupation Actress
Years active 1964–1989
Spouse(s) Luciano Ercoli (1972–2015; his death)

Nieves Navarro García (born November 11, 1938 in Almería, Spain) is a retired Spanish-born Italian actress and fashion model. Navarro worked extensively in Italian cinema appearing alongside actors such as Totò and Lino Banfi in the 1960s and 1970s. She later adopted the Americanized stage name Susan Scott for many of her productions after 1969.

Navarro was also one of the first female stars of the Spaghetti Western genre making her feature film debut in A Pistol for Ringo and its sequel The Return of Ringo along with later appearances in The Big Gundown (1966), Long Days of Vengeance (1967), Cloud of Dust... Cry of Death... Sartana Is Coming (1970) and Adiós, Sabata (1971). In 1972, she married the Italian director and producer Luciano Ercoli, starring in many of his productions up until the early-1980s, and was familiar for her erotically-themed roles in giallo and sex comedies. She went into semi-retirement after 1983, making two last films in 1989. In recent years, she returned to live in her native Spain with her husband.


Nieves Navarro

Navarro's career began as advertising and fashion model. The introduction of television in Spain in 1956 led to further appearances in commercials and other work in the industry during the next few years. She began her career as a film actress in Italy alongside Totò in the Lawrence of Arabia parody Toto of Arabia (1965),[1][2] a Spanish-Italian co-production, in which she played Doris, a beautiful spy in the service of the British SIS, who charms the Sheik of Kuwait El Ali el Buzur (Fernando Sancho) and allows Totò to use her to drive the one hundred wives of Sheik jealous.

Her early work in films took place in the Spaghetti Westerns that were shot regularly in her hometown of Almeria. In 1965, she appeared in A Pistol for Ringo, starring Giuliano Gemma, as the girlfriend of the Mexican bandit Sancho (Fernando Sancho). Navarro also appeared in the sequel The Return of Ringo,[3] and supporting roles in The Big Gundown (1966),[4][5][6] Long Days of Vengeance (1967), Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming (1970) [7] and Adiós, Sabata (1971).[4] Nieves also had leading roles in a number of action[1] and horror films during this period[8][9] and was among the protagonists of the film Death Walks At Midnight (1972), directed by Luciano Ercoli, who eventually became her husband.

She subsequently moved to Italy with Ercoli where she spent the rest of her career, starring in many of her husband's projects, which ended veering towards Italian erotica and "giallo" cinema. It was in the latter genre that highlighted her as a major star especially her appearances in the Emannuelle series, Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977) and Emanuelle e Lolita (1978), directed by Joe D'Amato[8] and Henri Sala respectively.

In 1983, Navarro attempted to return to Spanish cinema with films like Gianfranco Angelucci's drama Honey with Fernando Rey,[10] but with less than expected success. She made two last films in 1989, Fiori di zucca and Casa di piacere, before going into retirement.[11] In recent years, she has returned to Spain, settling in Barcelona with Ercoli.


Year Film Role
1965 A Pistol for Ringo Dolores
The Return of Ringo Rosita
1966 Kiss Kiss...Bang Bang Alina Shakespeare
Toto of Arabia Doris
Che notte, ragazzi! Consuelo
The Big Gundown The Widow
1967 Long Days of Vengeance Dolly
Rojo Consuela
1969 Le Paria Sylvia
A Wrong Way to Love Anna Lanfranchi
Amor a todo gas Laura Montes/Falsa Elena
Naked Violence Livia Ussaro
1970 Le foto proibite di una signora per bene Dominique
Cloud of Dust... Cry of Death... Sartana Is Coming Belle Manassas
1971 Adiós, Sabata Saloon Dancer at Kingsville Texas
Siete minutos para morir Karin Foster
Death Walks on High Heels Nicole Rochard
1972 All the Colors of the Dark Barbara Harrison
Kill the Poker Player Lilly/Kate
So Sweet, So Dead Lily
Death Walks at Midnight Valentina
1973 Death Carries a Cane Kitty
1974 Chi ha rubato il tesoro dello scia?
Il giudice e la minorenne Laura
The Magnificent Dare Devil Nina
1975 Los hijos de Scaramouche
Il vizio di famiglia Ines, the Countess
1976 Noi siam come le lucciole
Il medico... la studentessa Luisa
There's a Spy in My Bed Madame
Smooth Velvet, Raw Silk Crystal
Mauricio, mon amour Uncredited
1977 The Rip-Off Ornella
Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals Maggie McKenzie
1978 Emanuelle e Lolita Emanuelle
Cugine mie Aunt Gaia
1979 Candide Lolita Adrienne Larousse
The Nurse in the Military Madhouse Veronica La Russa
1980 La moglie in bianco... l'amante al pepe Anna-Maria Mancuso
Sex and Black Magic Helen
1983 El fascista, doña Pura y el follón de la escultura Pura
Honey Governess
1989 Fiori di zucca Madre di Enzo
Casa di piacere


  1. ^ a b Parish, James and Michael Pitts. The Great Spy Pictures II. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1986. (pg. 138, 375) ISBN 0-8108-1913-9
  2. ^ Giacovelli, Enrico. Poi dice che uno si butta a sinistra!. Rome: Gremese, 1994. (pg. 304)
  3. ^ Giacovelli, Enrico. Un Secolo di Cinema Italiano, 1900-1999: Dalle origini agli anni Sessanta. Lindau: Torino, 2002. (pg. 339)
  4. ^ a b Frayling, Christopher. Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone. London: Routledge & Keagan Paul, 1981. (pg. 262-263) ISBN 0-7100-0503-2
  5. ^ Hughes, Howard. Once Upon a Time in the Italian West: The Filmgoers' Guide to Spaghetti Westerns. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2006. (pg. 31, 38, 151) ISBN 1-85043-896-X
  6. ^ Maltin, Leonard. Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. New York: Penguin, 2008. (pg. 124) ISBN 0-452-28978-5
  7. ^ Green, Paul. Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns: Supernatural and Science Fiction Elements in Novels, Pulps, Comics, Films, Television and Games. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2009. (pg. 151, 176) ISBN 0-7864-4390-1
  8. ^ a b Weisser, Thomas. Spaghetti Westerns: The Good, The Bad, and The Violent: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Filmography of 558 Eurowesterns and Their Personnel, 1961-1977. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 1992. (pg. 9, 193) ISBN 0-89950-688-7
  9. ^ Stine, Scott Aaron. The Gorehound's Guide to Splatter Films of the 1960s and 1970s. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2001. (pg. 234) ISBN 0-7864-0924-X
  10. ^ Maltin, Leonard. Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 2004. New York: Signet, 2003. (pg. 633) ISBN 0-451-20940-0
  11. ^ Castoldi, Gian Luca. Donne in Prigione: Nazisti, Horror e Fantascienza, Thriller, Decameroni e Film Esotici. Rome: Profondo Rosso, 2005. (pg. 198)

Further reading[edit]

  • Baldi, Alfredo. Schermi Proibiti: La Censura in Italia 1947-1988. Venice: Marsilio, 2002.
  • Bruschini, Antonio and Antonio Tentori, ed. Western all'italiana: The Specialists. Firenze: Glittering lmages, 1998.
  • Giusti, Marco. Dizionario del Western all'Italiana. Italy: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 2007.

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