Catherine Spaak  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

Related e



Catherine Spaak (1945 – 2022) was a French actress and singer, known for her work in Italian sex comedies such as The Libertine (1968).


Personal life

Spaak was born at Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France. She was married four times. She married her last husband, Vladimiro Tusellie, in 2013. Spaak died on 17 April 2022 at the age of 77.

Film career

Spaak spent most of her career in Italy, where she became a teenage star. From age 15 to 18, Spaak was the lead actress in at least 12 movies. As an adult, she appeared in many comedies and a few dramas from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s. Most of them were for the Italian film industry, with some Hollywood or international productions. Among her most notable titles are Circle of Love (1964, directed by Roger Vadim), The Man, the Woman and the Money (1965, starring Marcello Mastroianni), The Incredible Army of Brancaleone (1966, written by Age & Scarpelli), Adultery Italian Style (1966), Hotel (1967), the sex comedy The Libertine (1969), Diary of a Telephone Operator (1969, with Claudia Cardinale), the drama The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971, written and directed by Dario Argento), the nunsploitation film Story of a Cloistered Nun (1973), the controversial My Darling Slave (1973), the western Take a Hard Ride (1975), Sunday Lovers (1980), Miele di donna (1981) and Alice (2010, written and directed by Oreste Crisostomi).

Singing career

As a singer, Spaak was regarded by some as the Italian equivalent of French chanteuse Françoise Hardy. Spaak recorded some of Hardy songs in 1963 for the DET label under the direction of Ezio Leoni, who previously worked with Hardy.

Selected filmography

Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Catherine Spaak" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools