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Le fatiche di Ercole (1958) .... Lole, Daugher Of Pelias
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ate of Birth
22 August 1933, Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia (now Zagreb, Croatia)
Date of Death
26 December 1994, Rome, Italy (heart ailments)
5` 10½" (1.79 m)
Raimondo Castelli (1967 - 1971) (divorced)
Was a physics student at Naples University before she went into movies.
Measurements: 39-25-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
Has been Miss Da Tapa (1952)
Since the early 1960s, invested most of her considerable salaries as a star in a luxurious villa, in the well-to-do district of Marino, Rome, complete with 16th centuries furniture and artists paintings. That lasted until her spending overcame dwindling income, and she had to face a tax evasion inquest, when she was forced to sell her house, in 1976.
Lived with Raimondo Castelli since 1960, but did not marry because of the opposition of Italian law and his wife, Marinella, refusing divorce to couples married by the catholic rite. They did marry in Mexico in 1967, but that was not recognized in Italy.
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Sylva Koscina (born Silvija Košćina; 22 August 1933 – 26 December 1994) was an Italian actress, maybe best-remembered for her role as Iole, the bride of Hercules (Steve Reeves) in Hercules (1958) and Hercules Unchained (1960). She also played Paul Newman's romantic interest in The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968).
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==Yugoslavian actress Sylva Koscina== was born in Zagreb on August 22, 1933. World War II proved to be catastrophic in her home country, first with the invasion by Germany and later with the Russian invasion, culminating in about a million deaths. Koscina and her family fled to Italy following the end of the war. After winning some beauty contests as a teenager, she attended the University of Naples and worked as a fashion model before becoming an actress. Her first film was the Italian comedy Are We Men or Corporals? (1955; with Toto). Koscina had acted in a string of comedies when she was cast in the peplum adventure Hercules (1958; with Steve Reeves).
===With the international success of Hercules===, Koscina became a star. After returning for the sequel Hercules Unchained (1959; with Steve Reeves), she acted in such films as Jessica (1962; with Angie Dickinson and Maurice Chevalier), Agent 8 3/4 (1964; with Dirk Bogarde), Three Bites of the Apple (1967; with David McCallum and Tammy Grimes), and Hornets' Nest (1970; with Rock Hudson). Often appearing unclad in her later films, Koscina appeared nude in He and She (1969; with Laurence Harvey)and The House of Exorcism (1973; with Telly Savalas and Elke Sommer), among others.
===Sylva Koscina's film career=== slowed in the mid 1970's, and thereafter she appeared in films only on a sporadic basis. Koscina posed nude for Italian Playboy in 1975 at the age of 42, but the pictorial did not help her flagging film career. Spending lavishly during the earlier part of her career, she ran into cash flow problems in the mid 1970's, which necessitated selling her $2 million Italian villa that cost her $60,000 per year in upkeep alone. A Mexican marriage to producer Raimondo Castelli ended in 1971. Her last film role came in the 1994 release Kim Novak Is on the Phone. Koscina passed away in Rome on December 26, 1994, from heart problems (some sources cite breast cancer as the cause of death) at the age of 61. She left no immediate survivors.
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