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Wandisa Guida

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2020, 16:38

Wandisa Guida in a photo from the late 50s, in Cineguida 1959.
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Wandisa Guida was one of the more successful actresses to graduate from the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia. After gaining some attention as a beauty queen in 1954, she took a year out to study acting, graduating in 1956, after which she worked steadily until she retired from the screen in 1966.

She was born on April 21st 1935 in Trani, Italy and, as far as is known, she is still alive. She married writer and producer Luciano Martino in December 1961, and they had 2 daughters, Lea (born 1963) and Dania (born 1966). They later divorced, but the date of their divorce is unknown.

In the 50's she rose through the ranks working in various genres, before settling in as one of the leading ladies of peplum from the start of the 60's. She finished off her career with appearances in 3 Eurospy movies in the mid-60's. Although the reason for her retirement is unknown, it coincided with the birth of her second child and it seems quite likely she decided to devote herself to being a mother. Furthermore, her disappearance from the silver screen happened during a period when it became seemingly obligatory for Italian actresses to appear naked in films if they wished to continue working, when many other former peplum actresses also disappeared from view.

After a 16-year absence, Wandisa returned to the screen for a one-off appearance in the giallo Assassinio al cimitero etrusco (1982) - possibly as a favor to her (ex) husband Luciano Martino, who was the producer, and whose brother Sergio was the director.

I didn't think there could be much to find for Wandisa, but I have been proved wrong with many new TV roles being discovered, largely thanks to Johan, so there could always still be more.


FILMOGRAPHY
1955
  1. L'intrusa (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1956
  2. Il serpente a sonagli (TV movie) (credited) .... Maddy
  3. Incatenata dal destino (poster credit) .... Letizia as an adult

    1957
  4. C'è un sentiero nel cielo (credited) .... Marisa
  5. Dinanzi a noi il cielo (poster credit) .... role?
  6. I colpevoli (credited as Vandisa Guida) .... Brunette at the party
  7. I vampiri (credited) .... Laurette Robert
  8. Il Conte di Matera (credited as Vandisa Guida) .... Gisella Bressi
  9. Jane Eyre (TV mini-series) (credited in episodes 1,2 & 4) .... Eliza
  10. La canzone più bella (poster credit) .... Elena Serventi
  11. La trovatella di Pompei (credited) .... Luisa
  12. Quella (TV movie) (credited) .... Marghe
  13. Serenate per 16 bionde (credited) .... One of the French college girls

    1958
  14. Carosello di canzoni (credited) .... Rossella Apicella
  15. I prepotenti (credited) .... Marcella Martucci
  16. Mia Italida stin Ellada (credited) .... Wandisa Vanzi
  17. Totò e Marcellino (credited) .... The teacher

    1959
  18. Fuente ovejuna (TV movie) (credited) .... Lorenza
  19. I mafiosi (credited) .... Odette
  20. Il cavaliere senza terra (poster credit) .... role?
  21. Il padrone delle ferriere (credited) .... Athenais Moulinet
  22. Il vicario di Wakefield (TV mini series) (credited) .... Sophia
  23. Scrollina (TV movie) (credited) .... Scrollina
  24. Tutte bugie (TV movie) (credited) .... Bibi

    1960
  25. Cavalcata selvaggia (poster credit) .... role?
  26. Giallo club - Invito al poliziesco (TV series) - season 2, episode 3: "Vacanze col gangster" (credited) .... Sylvia
  27. La rivolta degli schiavi (credited) .... Agnese
  28. La vendetta di Ercole (credited) .... Alcinoe
  29. Lo schiavo impazzito (TV movie) (credited) .... Nina Salviroli
  30. Re Lear (TV movie) (credited) .... Cordelia

    1961
  31. Capitani di ventura (credited) .... Belinda di Tolfa
  32. Donne brutte (TV movie) (credited) .... Jolly
  33. Drakut il vendicatore (credited) .... Irina
  34. François Villon (TV movie) (credited as Vandisa Guida) .... Catherine Mireihl
  35. Giallo club - Invito al poliziesco (TV series) - season 3, episode 5: "Omicidio cieco" (credited) .... Paula
  36. La vendetta della maschera di ferro (credited) .... Cristina
  37. La vendetta di Ursus (credited) .... Sira

    1962
  38. Gli eroi del doppio gioco (credited) .... Luciana Riccio
  39. Il gladiatore di Roma (credited) .... Nisa

    1963
  40. Giacobbe ed Esaù (poster credit) .... Judith

    1964
  41. Ercole contro Roma (credited) .... Ulpia
  42. I giganti di Roma (credited) .... Livilla
  43. I tre sergenti del Bengala (credited) .... Mary Stark
  44. Maciste nelle miniere di Re Salomone (credited) .... Fazira

    1965
  45. Le spie uccidono a Beirut (credited) .... Elena

    1966
  46. A 077: sfida ai killers (credited) .... Terry Coleman
  47. Charlov e le figlie (TV movie) (credited) .... Evlampia
  48. Operazione Goldman (credited as Wandisa Leigh) .... Kary
  49. Una Cenerentola alla moda (TV movie) (credited) .... Nelly

    1967
  50. Il caso Blaireau (TV movie) (credited) .... Arabella di Chaville

    1982
  51. Assassinio al cimitero etrusco (credited) .... Heather Hall

Additional credits
  • Concluso a Venezia il XV Festival. Elette "Miss Italia" e Miss Cinema" (Newsreel) (1954) (credited verbally) .... Herself
  • Non scherzate coi fiammiferi (1957) TV show in 3 episodes .... Co-host with Gianni Agus
  • Occhio all'etichetta (TV advertisement) (1966) (credited) .... Ursula

More Wandisa!
There are a few more titles to be found where Wandisa should appear. If you have images of her (or her credit) from any of the titles below, you know what to do.
  • Miss Eurooppaa metsästämässä (1955) Finnish documentary of the 1954 Miss Europe contest
  • Quando gli angeli piangono (1958)

    Images and credit shots are also needed for the following "poster credit" and "listing credit" titles
  • Il serpente a sonagli (1956)
  • Incatenata dal destino (1956)
  • Dinanzi a noi il cielo (1957)
  • La canzone più bella (1957)
  • Non scherzate coi fiammiferi (1957)
  • Fuente ovejuna (1959)
  • Il cavaliere senza terra (1959)
  • Il vicario di Wakefield (1959)
  • Tutte bugie (1959)
  • Cavalcata selvaggia (1960)
  • François Villon (1961)
  • Giallo club - Invito al poliziesco - season 3, episode 5: "Omicidio cieco" (1961)
  • Giacobbe ed Esaù (1963)
  • Charlov e le figlie (1966)
  • Una Cenerentola alla moda (1966)
  • Il caso Blaireau (1967)

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Re: Wandisa Guida

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2020, 16:45

Wandisa first came to public attention as the winner of Miss Cinema 1954 and representing Italy in the Miss Europe contest the same year. The other woman here is Eugenia Bonino, winner of Miss Italy 1954. The 3 lower images come from the archivioluce website.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2020, 16:49

Incatenata dal destino (1956) credited on the poster, as Letizia as an adult (role to be confirmed)
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Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2020, 16:52

C'è un sentiero nel cielo (1957) credited, as Marisa
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Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2020, 16:54

Dinanzi a noi il cielo (1957) credited on the poster, role uncertain.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2020, 16:58

I colpevoli (1957) credited as Vandisa Guida, as Brunette at the party
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Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2020, 17:04

I vampiri (1957) credited, as Laurette Robert. A scene-stealing early 'scream queen' role here for Riccardo Freda, even if she does spend half the film asleep.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2020, 17:09

Il Conte di Matera (1957) credited as Vandisa Guida, as Gisella Bressi
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Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2020, 17:15

Jane Eyre (1957) 5-part TV mini-series. Wandisa appears and is credited in episodes 1, 2 and 4, as Eliza.

Episode 1
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Episode 2
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Episode 4
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Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2020, 17:18

La canzone più bella (1957) credited on the poster, as Elena Serventi (role to be confirmed)
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