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Peters, Edith

Post by PeplumParadise » 24/12/2021, 20:35

Edith Peters in Cartagine in fiamme (1960)
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A big lady with a big smile, Edith Arlene Peters was a black American actress and singer, active in Italian films from the start of the 1960's until the early 1980's.

She was born in Los Angeles, California on April 14th 1926, the 4th of 5 sisters.

Three of Edith's sisters: Virginia, Mattye and Ann, formed the singing group "The Peters Sisters", who appeared in a number of Hollywood films in the 30's and 40's. Edith was never a part of the group, though their films do pop up in some of her filmographies online. It seems that Edith appeared as a duo with remaining sister, Joyce (Wikipedia says they also performed as The Peters Sisters, but this would seem highly unlikely).

The Peters Sisters relocated to Europe in time to appear in 2 French films in 1950, then appeared in films shot in Germany later in the decade. It is unclear whether Edith and Joyce moved with their sisters or later, but in 1957 we have the first European sighting of Edith (together with Joyce) in the Spanish musical Quiéreme con música.

The following year she married her Italian agent, Silvio Catalano, and made Italy her home. Her acting career begins in 1960 and she continued to appear in small parts throughout the decade, most often cast as smart-talking maids or cooks. She did not make any film appearances in the 70's, but did make some music recordings, then reappeared for a few final film roles at the start of the 80's.

Nothing is known about Edith's life after this, though there are a few music performances from Italian TV to be found on You Tube which are clearly from later in her life.

Edith died in Los Angeles on October 28th 2000, aged 74.

Filmography
1957
  1. Quiéreme con música .... role? (poster credit as "Edith and Joyce Peters")

    1960
  2. Cartagine in fiamme …. Sarepta (credited)
  3. Il sangue e la rosa …. The cook (credited as "Edith Arlene Peters Catalano")
  4. Madri pericolose …. Princess Fatima (credited as "Edith Peter")
  5. Robin Hood e i pirati …. Bambola (credited)
  6. Sotto dieci bandiere …. Sister (credited as "Edith Arlene Peters")
  7. Vita col padre e con la madre (TV mini-series, ep. 1) …. Singer (credited)

    1961
  8. 5 marines per 100 ragazze …. The cook (credited as "Edith Peter")
  9. Ein Stern fällt vom Himmel …. Fräulein Pfeffer (poster credit - role unconfirmed)
  10. Il giudizio universale …. Black woman (credited as "Edith Arlene Peters")
  11. Un vita difficile …. Herself (credited as "Edith Catalano Peters")

    1962
  12. Canzoni a tempo di twist …. role? (poster credit as "Edith Peter")
  13. L'ira di Achille …. Nubian slave (credited as "Edith Peters Catalano")
  14. La luna dei Caraibi (TV movie) …. Bella (credited)
  15. Una tragedia americana (TV mini-series, ep. 3) …. Muriel (credited)
  16. Venere imperiale …. African nobility (uncredited)

    1963
  17. Obiettivo ragazze …. Native (credited as "Edith Peter")

    1964
  18. Due mafiosi nel Far West …. role? (credited as "Edith Peter")

    1965
  19. Agente 3S3: Passaporto per l'inferno …. Does not appear (credited as singer of the theme song)
  20. Gli uomini dal passo pesante …. Emma (credited)

    1966
  21. Se tutte le donne del mondo… …. Maria (credited)

    1970
  22. Lisa dagli occhi blu …. The cook (credited)

    1980
  23. Il bisbetico domato …. Mamie (credited)

    1981
  24. La poliziotta a New York …. The maid (credited)
Additional credits
  • Italia : intervista musicale (1960) TV interview and singing performance
  • Carosello : sogno e risveglio (1965) Commercial for Olio sasso (credited)
  • Carosello : Sasso 1 (Year uncertain) Commercial for Sport e dieta
Titles to check
  • Die türkischen Gurken (1962) IMDb as Mahila
  • Lui è peggio di me (1985) ANICA as Singer
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Re: Peters, Edith

Post by PeplumParadise » 24/12/2021, 20:49

Quiéreme con música (1957) credited on the poster, as "Edith and Joyce Peters".

This was a Spanish-Mexican co-production, shot in Spain. IMDb says they should be credited as "The Peters Sisters", but they clearly aren't on the poster.
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Re: Peters, Edith

Post by PeplumParadise » 24/12/2021, 20:54

Cartagine in fiamme (1960) credited, as Sarepta.

Edith has an inter-racial romance here with Paolo Stoppa, which must have been quite controversial in 1960.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 24/12/2021, 20:59

Il sangue e la rosa (Et mourir de plaisir) (1960) credited as "Edith Arlene Peters Catalano", as The cook
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Madri pericolose (1960) credited as "Edith Peter", as Princess Fatima
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Robin Hood e i pirati (1960) credited, as Bambola
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Sotto dieci bandiere (1960) credited as "Edith Arlene Peters", but only seen fleetingly, as a Sister
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Post by PeplumParadise » 24/12/2021, 21:15

5 marines per 100 ragazze (1961) credited as "Edith Peter", as, once again, The cook
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Ein Stern fällt vom Himmel (1961) credited on the poster, as Fräulein Pfeffer (role to be confirmed)
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Post by PeplumParadise » 24/12/2021, 21:21

Il giudizio universale (1961) credited as "Edith Arlene Peters", as Black woman.

The role may sound a bit obvious, but in this instance, in a segment of the film dealing with racial prejudice, the colour of her skin is of importance to her role.
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