Nude movie roles: XXX
Place of birth: Ancona, Marches, Italy
Date of birth: 1939-09-07
Blonde Italian bombshell Virna Lisi is probably best known to American audiences as the drop-dead gorgeous stripper who understands so little English she accidentally marries repressed homosexual Jack Lemmon in How to Murder Your Wife (1965). Marketed as a foreign answer to Marilyn Monroe, Virna appeared in a couple of other mid '60s Technicolor flicks, including Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1966) (opposite Tony Curtis) and Assault on a Queen (1966) (opposite Frank Sinatra, whom no one could possibly mistake for a repressed "queen"). With very few exceptions (such as a questionable appearance opposite Scott Baio in the little-seen stinker I Love N.Y. ), pretty much everything Virna's been in since the Summer of Love has been either an Italian or French production. This is undoubtedly for the best, especially as far as skinema is concerned--Virna bared all in the French film Les Galets d'
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