Gianna Maria Canale Profile

Gianna Maria Canale
Gianna Maria Canale
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12 September 27 is born in Reggio di Calabria, Italy, of Greek descent
47 is crowned “Miss Florence”
at age 20 she’s on her first big journey to Lago Maggiore for the finals of the “Miss Italy” pageant. Lucia Bose wins; she comes in second. Placing third and fourth are Gina Lollobrigida and Eleonora Rossi Drago, respectively.
c. 47 debuts in a filmed version of Rigoletto
48 meets Egyptian-born director Riccardo Freda, who casts her for his upcoming Il cavaliere misterioso opposite Vittorio Gassman. She has a nude scene.
? Freda falls for her and leaves his wife; the two begin a torrid love affair
? films Guarany and O Caçula do Barulho with Freda in Brazil
? marries Freda in Brazil. He is 18 years her senior.
? returns to Italy because she can’t tolerate the South American climate
55 resides in a 14-room villa overlooking Rome
56 separates from Freda after the filming of I Vampiri
20 December 99 becomes the widow of Freda
13 February 09 dies at age 81 in Florence, Italy
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