Beryl Cunningham (8 August 1946 - 11 December 2020) was a Jamaican actress and model, mainly active in Italian cinema.
|Born||8 August 1946|
Montego Bay, Jamaica
|Died||11 December 2020 (aged 74)|
|Occupation||Actress, model, singer|
Life and careerEdit
Cunningham's career, after some secondary roles, was launched in the late 60's by the erotic drama Le salamandre, directed by Alberto Cavallone, that she accepted to shoot for free. Shortly after she obtained three more commercial successes, The Weekend Murders, directed by Michele Lupo, and Il dio serpente and The Black Decameron, both directed by Piero Vivarelli, her partner at the time. Later starred in several genre films and in Ettore Scola's Brutti, sporchi e cattivi, but failed to capitalize on her early success and retired from acting in the early 1980s.
During her career Cunningham was also a presenter, hosting among others the 1971 edition of Cantagiro, and a singer, recording among others a cover of the Jula de Palma's hit "Tua". In 1979 she was a regular guest of the television program Playboy di mezzanotte.
In 1981 she also published a book of Jamaican aphrodisiac recipes, La cucina giamaicana, published by Crochet Edizioni.
- E' morta Beryl Cunningham, la musa del Dio Serpente (in Italian)
- Lionello Fabbri, "Essere negra", Ciao 2001 n° 12, 16 April 1969, pp. 66–68.
- "Erna Schürer: la donna volitiva". Nocturno Dossier: Le sorelle di Venere 2. June 2007.
- Enrico Lancia, Fabio Melelli. Le straniere del nostro cinema. Gremese Editore, 2005.
- "Playboy di periferia", La Stampa, 2 July 1979, p. 3.
- "Beryl: ricette dai caraibi", La Stampa, 19 January 1981, p. 32.