Jessica Moore (actress)

Jessica Moore (born Luciana Ottaviani on August 8, 1967) is a retired Italian actress who was active from 1986 to 1989, appearing mainly in erotic drama and horror films. She is best known for her role as the writer and libertine Sarah Asproon in the commercially successful films Eleven Days, Eleven Nights (1987) and Top Model (1988), both produced and directed by Joe D'Amato. In Italian productions, she is sometimes credited as Gilda Germano.

Jessica Moore
Luciana Ottaviani

(1967-08-08) August 8, 1967 (age 54)
Urbino, Italy
Other namesGilda Germano
OccupationFilm actress
Years active1986-1989
Notable work
Eleven Days, Eleven Nights (1987)

Early lifeEdit

Jessica Moore was born on August 8, 1967 as Luciana Ottaviani in Urbino. She moved to Pesaro.[1]


From 1986 to 1989, she appeared in about 10 films.[1]

She entered film by chance, introduced by Pamela Prati and her model agency to Joe D'Amato, for whom she debuted in Convent of Sinners (1986) under her birthname, acting in a supporting role as Sister Ursula.[2][3] She became known for her second collaboration with D'Amato, the erotic drama Eleven Days, Eleven Nights (1987), in which she acted as the protagonist Sarah Asproon, a writer and libertine. The film turned its model, Adrian Lyne's 9-1/2 Weeks, on its head by swapping the gender roles and was successful internationally.[4] The following year, Moore returned as Sarah Asproon in the sequel Top model.[5] Moore remembers that she was jestingly dubbed "la campagnola" ("the country girl") on set since she was ashamed and hesitant before becoming jaunty in the end.[3] She also remembers trusting D'Amato and feeling very much at her ease but also that he made certain "jokes" and "editing tricks" and a number of shots that she did not like.[3]

From the end of 1987 to the beginning of 1988, she appeared on TV as one of the dancing "ragazze coccodé" ("cluck cluck girls") for Renzo Arbore in Indietro tutta! and in 1989 in the second episode of the TV series Classe di ferro. She continued acting in supporting roles in theatrically released horror and other genre films until 1989. Moore subsequently retired from the film business.[1] According to D'Amato, her partner did not want her to take erotic roles.[6][citation needed]

As a model she appeared in Playboy, Playmen and Gin Fizz / Gin Film.

For the Italian DVD release of Eleven Days, Eleven Nights by CG Home Video in 2010, a documentary titled Ultimo Tango a New Orleans was made by Manlio Gomarasca e Davide Pulici in which Moore recounts her experiences on shooting with D'Amato in America.





  1. ^ a b c Interview in Nocturno 95 (July 2010), pp. 100-105
  2. ^ Lupi 2004, p. 165.
  3. ^ a b c Lupi 2004, p. 226.
  4. ^ Lupi 2004, pp. 169–170.
  5. ^ Lupi 2004, p. 170.
  6. ^ Interview to Joe D'Amato in Nocturno (fanzine version) 2 (January 1995)

External linksEdit


  • Gomarasca, Manlio (December 1996). "(Unknown.)". Nocturno Cinema. 2: 52–54.
  • Gomarasca, Manlio; Pulici, Davide (1999). 99 donne - Stelle e stelline del cinema italiano. Milan: Media Word. pp. 157–162.
  • Lupi, Gordiano (2004). Erotismo, orrore e pornografia secondo Joe D'Amato. Mondo Ignoto. ISBN 88-89084-49-9.

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