Maria Grazia Buccella
Maria Grazia Buccella, (born 15 August 1940) is a former Miss Italy (1959), Italian glamour model, and film actress.
Maria Grazia Buccella
Buccella won the Miss Trento, Miss Venice, and Miss Italy beauty pageants, and placed third in the Miss Europe 1960 competition. She represented Italy in the Miss Universe contest held in Long Beach, Calif. When she failed to make the cut from the initial 81 contestants to the final 15, the voluptuous Buccella was quoted as saying, "The judges and I obviously disagree. Back home, the men would wait for most of these girls to gain some more weight. But I am not bitter. They are nice girls."
She was busy throughout the 1960s in numerous Italian and European films. She screen tested for the role of Domino Derval in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. (The role, originally an Italian woman, Dominetta Petacchi, eventually went to French actress Claudine Auger). That same year Buccella appeared in the Dino Risi-directed film Il Gaucho which starred Vittorio Gassman; Gentleman de Cocody, starring Jean Marais; The Secret Agents, starring Gassman and Henry Fonda; and the Dino DeLaurentiis production Menage All'Italiana.
Buccella appeared in the comedy anthology Love and Marriage (U.S. release 1966) in a story that presaged the film Indecent Proposal. New York Times film critic Howard Thompson wrote, "Lando Buzzanca as the proud and fiery husband and Maria Grazia Buccella as his dovelike bride are marvelous." Vittorio De Sica cast her as Miss Okra in the Peter Sellers farce film After the Fox, in which she flirted with Sellers while lip-synching dialog by Akim Tamiroff. In 1968 she won a Silver Ribbon award at the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists for Best Supporting Actress (Migliore Attrice Non Protagonista) in the film Ti ho sposato per allegria (released as I Married You for Fun).
Buccella was featured on the July 1977 cover of the Italian edition of Playboy magazine. She retired from films in 1979, although she made two small appearances in the late 1980s and a final appearance in the 2000 television series Hotel Otello.
- La nostra pelle, directed by Raymond Berhard (1951)
- Rasputin (1954)
- The Night They Killed Rasputin (1960)
- Fountain of Trevi, directed by Carlo Campogalliani (1960)
- La strada dei giganti, directed by Guido Malatesta (1960)
- Nerone '71, directed by Walter Filippi (1961)
- The Fall of Rome, directed by Antonio Margheriti (1963)
- Il Boom, directed by Vittorio De Sica (1963)
- Siamo tutti pomicioni, directed by Marino Girolami (1963)
- La donna degli altri è sempre più bella, directed by Marino Girolami (1963)
- Canzoni in bikini, directed by Giuseppe Vari (1963)
- Love and Marriage, directed by Gianni Puccini (1964)
- Il Gaucho, directed by Dino Risi (1965)
- Man from Cocody, directed by Christian-Jaque (1965)
- Su e giù, directed by Mino Guerrini (1965)
- The Dirty Game, directed by Carlo Lizzani (1965)
- Menage all'italiana, directed by Franco Indovina (1965)
- Adultery Italian Style, directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile (1966)
- A Maiden for a Prince, directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile (1966)
- L'armata Brancaleone, directed by Mario Monicelli (1966)
- After the Fox, directed by Vittorio De Sica (1966)
- Pleasant Nights, directed by Armando Crispino (1966)
- Dead Run, directed by Christian-Jaque (1967)
- I Married You for Fun, directed by Luciano Salce (1967)
- Domani non siamo pià qui, directed by Brunello Rondi (1967)
- It's Your Move, directed by Robert Fiz (1968)
- Villa Rides, directed by Buzz Kulik (1968)
- Giacomo Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence, directed by Luigi Comencini (1969)
- Where Are You Going All Naked?, directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile (1969)
- Sissignore, directed by Ugo Tognazzi (1969)
- The Wind's Fierce, directed by Mario Camus (1970)
- I Clowns, directed by Federico Fellini (1970)
- Il provinciale, directed by Luciano Salce (1971)
- Basta guardarla, directed by Luciano Salce (1971)
- Remo e Romolo - Storia di due figli di una lupa, directed by Pier Francesco Pingitore (1976)
- Nerone, directed by Pier Francesco Pingitore (1977)
- Quando c'era lui... caro lei!, directed by Giancarlo Santi (1978)
- L'importante è non farsi notare, directed by Romolo Guerrieri (1979)
- Crime in Formula One, directed by Bruno Corbucci (1983)
- I ragazzi della 3ª C (TV series, 1988, guest star)
- New York Daily News. 08 Sep 1959: 118.
- "Miss U.S.A. Passes First Beauty Test." Daily Boston Globe; Jul 24, 1959.
- Variety. Jan. 27, 1965): 15.
- Production notes for Thunderball — MI6.co.uk Archived 18 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 88-7742-221-1.