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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Marisa - The Girl Who Beat The Taxi Strike!


London was without taxis on Tuesday June 14th 1966. The only person who had no trouble getting one was film actress  Marisa Mell - and she wasn't going anywhere. While almost all the city's 7600 taxis were off the streets in protest at minicab competition 25 year old Marisa had a taxi of her own all day. The cab and driver Julian Gold had been hired for the work in Hampstead on an Italian film. And as she stepped in and out of Mr. Gold's cab, leaders of London's 11.000 taximen were reporting "100 per cent, support"  in their one day stoppage. But to the motorists, taxiless London was like a dream. But for the minicab men  it was not such a dream....one said: "This is all-out war. The taxi drivers are out in their private cars,  and when we call at a railway station they block us in so that we can't get out." Police were on guard outside London's Hilton hotel as about 50 taxi drivers jeered and threw coins at a minicab parked outside. The minicab driver said: "I have been send here to pick up a passenger. I am obviously scared." 
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The photo was published in the Daily Sun in England on June 21 1966 with different caption then written by the news agency issuing this picture: "The weather is at its brightest in London now, so what better time for 25 year old Austrian actress Marisa Mell to wear her cut-out dress. To be right up to date she teamed the dress with Op-art earrings and Mad stockings."
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Trivia: Marisa Mell was in 1966 not 25 but 27 years old. 
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Trivia: The movie Marisa Mell was working on at the time was the Italian/English coproduction "Che Notte Ragazzi" from 1966 which had its première in Italy on September 30th 1966 co-starring Philippe Leroy!
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

What now my lovely?


These daffodils seem to turn their heads when they saw this lovely in London the other day! She is actress Marisa Mell whose latest film "Masquerade" opens at the Leicester Square Theatre on Thursday April 15th 1965. Photo was taken on April 14th 1965 and used in the newspapers "Daily Sun" on May 3rd 1965 and "Sun" on May 4th 1965. These newspapers changed the entry as follows: "Lovely Marisa Mell thinks the best place to spend an afternoon is among the daffodils. Marisa, a London actress, was waiting for the première of her latest movie "Masquerade" which opened recently at the Leicester Square Theatre, where the picture was taken."

Monday, June 9, 2014

Drag me to a Drag Queen Party!

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Although Marisa Mell was during the 60's  and 70's a major Italian movie star her professional and private life was mostly found in the printed news papers and gossip magazines! Reality TV did not exist and even commercial television  at large was still in its infancy across Italy and the European mainland. So I am always very grateful to see Marisa Mell in television, news or other kind of media like home videos. And that just happened last week when a longtime Marisa Mell fan from Graz send me the present home video. He grew up with Marisa Mell in his youth in Austria, reading about her in women magazines and remembers reading about her affair with the Shah from Iran and her wild nightlife with fellow Austrian actor, friend and drugbuddy Helmut Berger. He always loved Marisa Mell's looks and never got the chance to see her movies untill later in his life because the Austrian television was not very favorable to her, almost never broadcasting her movies, not even after her untimely death or her 20 year rememberance of her death! In this home video we see a compilation of the Austrian drag queens Dame Galaxis and Miss Chantal St. Germain! At the certain moment in the home video it shows Marisa Mell and Helmut Berger at diner and drag queen spectacle at the end of the 80's or early 90's! Another famous guest is Australian Super Mega Star Dame Edna Everage! Enjoy!
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Thank you to the Grazer informant for this wonderful clip with MM.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A night in Roma!


Marisa Mell at a social gathering in a restaurant in Rome during the mid '80's.
 Her cigarettes as always close at hand as her best friends! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Marisa Mell" by Angelo Frontoni - Photobook


I am on holiday at the moment for a few weeks on the island of Tenerife, Spain! So I finally found the time to fulfill a long standing wish in creating a hard copy personal photobook for myself with the most stunning pictures of Marisa Mell taken by Italian star photographer Angelo Frontoni over the three decades that Marisa Mell was a world movie star!  I had more than 650 pictures to make a selection from! Whawza! The pictures are so beautiful, most of them are in B/W and have such a strong visual image! The beauty of Marisa Mell and the professional qualities of photographer Angelo Frontoni are a match made in heaven! So it was really hard work in making a first selection down to 220 pictures that were qualified to make it into the book! But even that amount of pictures were to many to put in the book so at the moment I am down sizing them to around a 100 pictures! And what is the best? Most of them have never been seen before since more than 40 years! The cover of the book is already done and I love it! Plain and simple! Now I need to find a system to select and order the pictures in the book! So it will take a while to finish the project but in the end it will make together with the André Schneider Marisa Mell book "Die Feuerblume" a smashing companion for it in my book case! I'll  keep you all posted!