Interview by Giampaolo Sodano in the weekly "Tempo", N. 48 (November 28, 1971).
"Dance with grit but only on TV"
At the "Teatro delle Vittorie", where "Canzonissima" is recorded every Saturday, there is a great confusion. It is certainly not the best place to interview someone. But there is nothing else to do: Carla Brait works every day, without a pause. The music is deafening: a great beat of heels and hands organized by the ten splendid girls of the ballet by Gino Landi. In the middle there is Carla Brait, the most beautiful mulatto of Roman origin that the televiewer have ever seen. This bit of cheap exoticism, as high as the leader of the Buckingham Royal Guards, is this year's national "lottery dish". The ballet ends early, the girls sit in the seats of the audience. It's time for the interview.
«I am Carla Brait and do not believe that mine is a stage name. Brait is my mother's surname (at that time in Italy the wife took the surname of her husband, after she got married - Ed). I was born 24 years ago in Rome and my father is an American», she says as soon as she finds the microphone of the recorder under her nose. For a moment there is to think that on TV even the interviews are prepared in play-back. «At the age of eight I started attending a dance school and at sixteen I graduated. I made the first television broadcast in '66, it was called "Io Gigliola". Now I go to singing and acting school because I want to complete my professional training. I'm engaged, but I don't want to get married. My boyfriend is jealous but not too much. He sells cars, he knows nothing about the world of entertainment, but he trusts me. He knows that I'm most interested in work: I want to get there, I want to succeed».
In one breath. When she stops it is to breathe: it is the only moment when you realize that you are not talking to a female robot. She is what is called a determined girl, who knows what she wants. She is a dancer who puts into work the same commitment with which, if she had a degree in medicine, she would put in a surgical operation.
Her father, a military man of the American army, fell in love with Carla's mother in 1945. He met her in Livorno, where she was displaced from Pordenone to the home of some of her relatives. In the beginning it was a life of hell; his parents did not want him to marry him and so when Charles, soldier of the Fifth Army, had to return to his old paternal home in New Jersey, she could not follow him. He moved to Rome, where he rented a small house in a popular neighborhood, the Ostiense, near the station. He looked for a job and dedicated the rest of his life to little Carla.
She would like to do everything, even singing and acting, but always dancing.
«I chose to dance because, as my mother always says, I have it in my blood, even though I know very well that in Italy it is a very difficult job. But I'll be able to break through, my mother made many sacrifices to let me study. The school cost 6 thousand lire (about 100 euro of today - Ed) a month and my father only sent the money until I was 10 years old. Then, nothing more was known about him. Perhaps he will have made another family. I don't know, my mother never wanted to talk about him».
«She is a girl like many others, simple, friendly, but with a bad temper," says Gino Landi, 39, from Milan, choreographer of "Canzonissima"; - is intolerant of the discipline». Carla Brait is a very precise, careful dancer. When she makes a mistake, and this happens very rarely, she is so annoyed with herself that, if someone points out the error to her, she goes on a rampage. «I remember that once I could not make the "porteur", that is to fly from the arms of a dancer to those of another. It's a question of exercise, yet I just couldn't. I remember escaping into a dressing room, I cried I don't know how much; then I got up, went back to the rehearsal room and went back to my place. I've done it».
Five years ago she presented himself to a television selection for the show "Johnny 7". She was a very shy little girl. «Now his only limitation is to still be convinced that it is enough to work on TV, between Via Teulada and the Theater of Victories, to be a good and well-known dancer - continues Gino Landi; - so will always remain a Roman dancer: I have them offered various opportunities to be known abroad, but she did not want to know about traveling».
Carla answers: «I'm afraid, I'm afraid of finding myself alone». And yet for Carla Brait dancing is everything: «When I'm not working, I go to the cinema with my boyfriend, or I ask him to take me to dance». And dancing she hopes to enter the world of cinema, to act, to be an actress. Now he also studies singing, he says he does it to perfect his musical preparation, in reality he would also like to be a singer. «Yes, I'd like to do everything, but always dancing». The usual cry: «Outside the ballet!», and Carla Brait runs away.
This article confirms my hypotheses on the origins of Carla, American and Italian. Since the article is signed by a journalist and was published in a major weekly magazine at the time, I believe it may be the most reliable source currently available for personal information on Carla. The article in the "Personas" magazine, previously posted, and published the year later, copy slavishly some data from this article, but with some inaccuracies, perhaps due to carelessness or translation errors.
Carla, therefore, was a girl who fought hard to get that little place of glory in the entertainment world, relying only on her talent and her ambition. I hope that with this little research to have done a little justice to this artist, still much loved by us fans of genre cinema.