Esteemed as one of the Italian movie scene most sensuous beauties of all times, Laura Antonac (read: Antonaz), whose last name will be later italianized into "Antonelli", was born on 28 November 1941 in the city of Pola (Pula), located in one of the three Italian districts of Istria (now Croazia).
However, her life basically takes place in Italy. The Antonelli's family has been living in Venice, in Genova, in Orzinuovi, in the Brescia province, and then in Naples, at the Camaldoli neighbourhood. In the Parthenopean city she first attends the "Liceo Scientifico" (specializing in scientific studies) and later on she
gets a degree in Physical Education at the I.S.P.E.F. (Istituto Superiore
Pareggiato di Educazione Fisica).
After moving to Rome, she works as a gym teacher at the "Liceo Artistico" (specializing in art subjects), located in Via Ripetta. A job, this one, that takes up her time only for a little while, since fame and success are waiting for her just round the corner.
Her first appearances in the diverse world of show biz are in picture stories
and in TV commercials, especially on "Carosello",
but also on "Arcobaleno" and "Tic Tac", fields in which Laura Antonelli fully exploits her not at all aggressive but almost adolescent beauty of the “next door girl” kind. A very sensuous charm, that will characterize the actress’s image in her whole career.
From the glossy paper to the movie screen it only takes a short step. After her first appearances
in "Il magnifico cornuto" (1964) and “Le sedicenni" (1965), Laura Antonelli takes place
on the "big screen" in many other movies, mostly acting minor parts or secondary roles.
In 1966 Laura Antonelli lands on the "small screen". The Italian Public Broadcasting Company (R.A.I.) gives her the chance to present (along with Simona Caucia) a weekly magazine about cultural up-to-date news entitled: "Zoom". However, this experience will last a few months only.
"Il merlo maschio" (1971), performed at Lando Buzzanca’s side, definitely makes the actress famous. The two actors will meet again on the set of "All'onorevole piacciono le donne" (1972), a caustic political satire movie, directed by Lucio Fulci.
The following year Laura Antonelli works with Jean-Paul Belmondo for the second time (the first had been in "Gli sposi dell'anno secondo" (1971), directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau), in a French-Italian co-production: "Trappola per un lupo" (1972), under the direction of Claude Chabrol.
The long-awaited success finally comes in 1973 with “Malizia”, directed by Salvatore Samperi. This "cult" movie is still considered the origin of the Italian erotic-style comedy. In "Malizia", that in a very short time becomes part of the collective erotic imaginary, Laura Antonelli plays the role of Angela La Barbera, an efficient and also very attractive Sicilian housekeeper from Caltagirone. "Malizia" is consecrated as one of the most successful movie of that year, literally breaking the box-office record with very high earnings of over 4 billion Italian lire.
Thanks to her graceful performance the actress wins several movie awards as "best actress": the "David di Donatello" and the "Grolla d'Oro" in 1973, as well as the "Nastro d'Argento" in 1974. Afterwards, she plays in two other erotic comedies: "Sessomatto" (1973), directed by Dino Risi, and "Peccato Veniale" (1974), again under the direction of Salvatore Samperi and with young actor Alessandro Momo at her side.
The characters that she performs are nearly always very realistic and of course populate those days audience erotic fantasies. Anyway, they are definitely far from the trash stereotypes of the Italian style "B-Movies", that will be produced non-stop beginning from the second half of the '70s.
A boundless galaxy, the “trash-movies” universe, studded with female teachers, woman doctors, nurses and high school
girl students, where the eroticism expresses itself most of the times through a mere exhibition of female naked bodies and hardly ever through an elaborate sequence of intriguing and sensuous situations.
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